Wurlitzer Opus 2187 Wurlitzer, Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Wurlitzer Opus 2187 Owners List

Video Tour of the Blackpool Tower Organ - Part I (Nigel Ogden)

Video Tour of the Blackpool Tower Organ - Part II (Nigel Ogden)



The console of the 3/13 Wurlitzer, Ex Empress Ballroom, Blackpool.

Reginald Dixon at the Opus 2187 Console in Blackpool Tower Ballroom

CD's and DVD's



The first Tower Ballroom organ was installed in March 30, 1929, a 2 manual, 10 rank Wurlitzer, Opus 2037.
The first two organists were fine organists, but neither could play for dancing.
Reginald Dixon became the third organist and soon was successful playing the organ for dancing.
Dixon soon realised that the organ wasn't loud enough for the dancers to hear the beats properly, and soon set about designing a new instrument.
In 1934 the new instrument (Opus 2187) arrived. It had 3 manuals and 14 ranks of pipes.
Reginald Dixon continued to play until he retired in 1970.


(Look for info on 12/14/1956 fire)

Opus 2187 Ranks


Cannot find a good listing of the ranks or stops yet

Left ChamberRight ChamberUnenclosed
Tibia
Bass Drum
Snare Drum
Tom Tom
Cymbals (various)
Sand Block
Tambourine
Castanets
Chinese Block
Tibia
Cathedral Chimes
Glockenspiel
Tuned Sleigh Bells
String
String
String
Tuba
Tuba
Diapason
Flute
Krumet
Saxophone
Orchestral Oboe
Kinura
English Horn
Beckstone Grand Piano ((MIDI) cupboard back of stage)
Xylophone Re-It
Bells Re-It
Carillon
Vibraphone
Horse Hooves
Surf
Bird
Fire Gong (re-it)
Mutation Couplers
Great to Solo 16'
Great to Solo 8'
Great to Solo 4'
Great to Solo Sub-Quint - 2-2/3
Great to Solo Sub-Tierce - 3-1/5
(from site)