Hammond

Model X-66

Manufactured between 1967 to 1973, this futuristic looking instrument was the most expensive model ever produced by Hammond, costing £5,500

 

The organ’s design was the product of an innovative industrial competition of the time. The result was a wonderful futuristic concept that transcends time. The use of chrome pedestals, mahogany and ebony, give the X-66 its signature look, never again attempted due to its extravagant cost.

 

Its great sound is produced by a unique tone generator and 11 tone bars. The vibratos give it a it’s distinctive brand of animation which is in perfect balance, resulting in the ultimate Hammond organ sound that is the X-66.

 

Tone Cabinet – Matching the futuristic design of the console is the series 12 tone cabinet which houses a 5 channel 200 watt (music power output) amplifier driving seven speakers and two high frequency horns.

The “Candy” Wurlitzer

 

This organ is a 2 manual 8 rank Model F Wurlitzer. Originally installed in the Picture House, Leicester in 1925. It moved to the Exchange Cinema Northampton in 1935. In 1957 it was moved to a cowshed in Bassingbourn where it spent a few years until Michael Candy purchased it. Mike installed it in his purpose built house in Hemel Hempstead where it was enjoyed by many visitors until his death in 2015.

 

In 2016 the organ was purchased by the Theatre Organ Club using a legacy from Guy and Ursula Bland. It has been placed on permanent loan to the Music Palace.

 

The Model F was once ubiquitous in the UK, but this is now the only completely unaltered example left in the country - quite possibly in the world.

 

The pipe chambers are located behind the panelled wall.

Compton Lodge Organ

 

The original organ was the 2/5 from the Odeon Wealdstone. Although a small instrument it had good quality pipework as specified by Henry Wingfield, Musical Director for OdeonTheatres and was an ideal powerful interval organ. It comprised of Wooden Tibia, Tuba, Muted Trumpet (15”), Cello and open flute. Although a good instrument for intervals it wasn't comprehensive enough to cope with 2 hour performances, so over the years it has been enlarged and improved. Initially a third manual was added along with a Diapason and Vox Humana as well as some extra bases. About 20 years ago the Ritz Belfast console was acquired which allowed for significant expansion and for it to be developed into it's present specification.

 

Paul has been able to hand pick the best of pipework from the various manufacturers over the years to give a very broad spectrum of tone colours.

 

English Horn (Wurlitzer- North Cheam)

French Trumpet (Wurlitzer)

Tuba (Gottfried)

Tibia I (Wurlitzer)

Tibia II (Wurlitzer)

Vox Humana (Wurlitzer)

Vox Humana (Compton)

Cello (Compton- Wealdstone)

Gamba (Compton- Belfast)

Violin (Wurlitzer)

Violin Celeste (Wurlitzer)

Diapason (Wurlitzer)

Quintadena (Wurlitzer)

Flute (Wurlitzer)

Clarinet (Wurlitzer)

Kinura (Pawlyn)

Saxophone (Wurlitzer- Ipswich)

Orchestral Oboe (Wurlitzer)

Krummet (Compton- Odeon Leicester Square)

Oboe Horn (Marr & Colton)

 

Whilst the Lodge instrument has been enjoyed by many people over the last 40 years the acoustics of a relatively small room have always held the instrument back. The Music Palace has a 30' high ceiling and far more room for the pipes to speak so we eagerly await hearing it in the new home.

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