Now that the bass drum unit is finished, we will work on the snare drum, the snare drum beater and the cymbal beater.
PHOTO A shows the unrestored snare drum which is the companion in appearance to the bass drum we used. The previous mounting brackets will be removed and replaced with brackets we fabricated to match the appearance of the original brackets. As we did with the bass drum, the snare drum is disassembled, the parts cleaned and reassembled. The size of the snare drum was appropriate so no changes were made to the physical size.
PHOTO B shows the completed drum. The beater mechanism operates from 2 Wurlitzer unit valves. The beater was disassembled, the valves rebuilt, pneumatics recovered and the wooden parts sanded and refinished with organ shellac.
Since the case for the organ was missing and we are building it from scratch, we have a choice of two configurations. Some Wurlitzer 105 organs appeared with the cymbal mounted on top of the case and some had the cymbal mounted in front of the bass drum. I like the appearance of the cymbal on the top of the case and decided to use that configuration. I also had an original cymbal beater mechanism which could be rebuilt and used. PHOTO C shows the unrestored beater minus the cymbal.
This unit was restored and a suitable size cymbal was attached. PHOTO D shows the completed unit ready for mounting on the organ. Our 125 organ has a similar decorative scroll on top which surrounds the cymbal and we can use that as a pattern to fashion the scroll for the 105. We will use the cymbal as a pattern to create the cutout area of the scroll.
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