Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The funmaker

Since I took my very first piano lesson in a Wurlitzer store in the 70s, it seems poetic that I managed to score a (gratis!) Wurlitzer Funmaker Custom Series 545 Organ yesterday.

You know, the one with the Leslie speakers! And the foot pedals! And it's in near mint condition!

Talk about luck: I had no real plan for getting this hefty beast home, and was unexpectedly assisted by the kindness of not one but two strangers in the process of getting it into and then back out of my Volvo station wagon.

A big shout-out to my awesome and beautiful wife for allowing my to drag this damned thing into our dining room. (She may or may not have seen it as a kind of "fee" for the chickens that are on their way to our house at this very moment.)

I can't be sure, but I suspect that this may be the very instrument used in soundtracks to many of the sci-fi and horror B-movies I seem to be addicted to these days.

And the kid likes it too!


Trier Music said...

The public demands audio samples! (oh and congrats, looks like a beauty!)

D0nnaTr0y said...

That's great- and I love the pics of your daughter! So cute!

Andrew Durkin... said...

Hey, thanks, all!

One of the many perks of this instrument is that it has a built-in tape recorder. So some of these sounds may yet make it into an IJG album! (If I can find some blank cassettes somewhere.)

avatarr8 said...

That is awesome. Way better than learning to play Pachelbel's Canon in qBasic (the extent of my early childhood musical education).

Great to see you guys in LA

(speaking of the other LA, WWOZ is broadcasting a lot of stuff from JazzFest online--good times!)

Andrew Durkin... said...

Thanks, Alex! It was great to see you too! Thanks for coming out. I'm glad you happened to be in LA! Next time we'll figure out a way to get up to the Bay area...

Be well!