At long last, the blower, whose overhaul in Washington state wound up taking nearly six months rather than three weeks originally estimated, is now sitting on a pallet under the Orpheum stage awaiting installation by Bill Carr and Adrian Phillips III after having been moved from a Phoenix warehouse to the Orpheum last week. In order to get it through the door to the blower room it will have to be disassembled and then reassembled once inside. Provided that any needed electrical work has been completed, all that needs to be done to have the organ playing again is wiring it up, covering a hole in the wind box that the original, no-longer-needed-or-present, second blower connected to, and connecting the new blower's wind line. In addition to the new blower, the Blower Room was recently treated to a new coat of paint on its floor by Hassell Moores.
The other major improvement to the Orpheum Organ, the installation of the new Uniflex 4000 relay system, was wrapped up today by Pete Knobloch and John Bittner with the replacement of a network receptical mounted on the back of the console that proved to be intermittant when the wiring was completed last week.
Once the organ is winded again, it will be regulated and tuned in time for Silent Sundays on October 23rd.