Columbia River
Theatre Organ Society

3439 N.E. Sandy Blvd., #259
Portland, OR 97232


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First Pipes Planned for the Hollywood

The Hollywood Theatre's management has approved the installation of the first pipes for the Beverly Ruth Nelson Memorial Organ, a set of 18 diaphones on two chests. The approval is the first result of signing a contract with the Hollywood that defines the relationship between our nonprofit organizations.

The diaphones will occupy space behind the screen at the front edge of the original stage against an existing wall, where there are loudspeakers now. The work will start with moving all but the largest of our speakers to the main pipe chamber on house left. Mounting the pipes is actually one of the smaller tasks; moving the lower to the basement under the stage and providing air lines are more involved. Electrical work to provide 3-phase power for the blower motor has been planned and estimated.

The diaphones will have an immediate effect on the instrument's sound, providing strong bass that is difficult to produce with loudspeakers. A similar placement of diaphones is in use at the Elsinore Theatre in Salem, but ours will be considerably closer to the screen and the audience.

Mike Bryant and Rob Kingdom are leading this work, and they will be looking for help as the plans progress.

Progress on Wurlitzer Wood Diaphone chest today

1. Acquired lumber for new top and bottom. The lumber that Crosscut had for the front didn?t look good enough so we?ll have to find something else.

2. Made new bottom for the chest. Fits into original screw holes perfectly.

3. Can't make the new top until I know how thick the new front will be.

Almost Completed Wiring

The almost-completed wiring. The output wires are all connectorized ? almost. The hanging tag identifies one connector where one pair of wires has completely disappeared. If we cannot locate the missing pair (it?s possible it is buried deep inside the harness and, as a practical matter, gone for good) we?ll just connect up one of the spares. The wires hanging over the top of the console and down the side are spares. After everything is neatened up and secured, the spares will be bundled separately and ?stored? in a cable clip on the back panel.

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