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    I went by the local dealer's shop today to take a look at a nice Wurlitzer church organ that had come in. It had features very close to the 4573 I already own minus rhythm tabs. I can't google the exact model. It was 25 pedal, had a four circle church design (never could recall the name of the design but it is used often inthe top ends of church pews)carved in the ends of the bottom facing and the music rack.</P>


    Never the less the dealer said it was on consignment and the owner would consider offers. The one glaring fault was the G note oscillator is out. Has anyone replaced a Wurly oscillator. I'm looking for a ballpark repair figure if I were to do the repair myself? If one was not available from a parted organ, I'm pretty sure I could get something through Morelock's? (If one installs a new oscillator should he be prepared to need the divider cards as well assuming a failure in one of them might have knocked out the oscillator?)</P>


    Outside of that failure, the cabinet was exceptionally clean and though I didn't examine all the stops, the ones I selected had a beautiful smooth sound. The SpectraTone was quite rattly but that can be relieved fairly easily I believe. My gut feeling is that as is the instrument should be worth about $100 but I don't know if that offer would leave anything for the dealer mark-up for having shown it (and I hate to overpay considering the additional repair cost to make it usable)</P>


    As I have been saying in other posts I really don't have an organ budget right now and have other organs waiting for repair so a really substantial offer isn't in the picture for me right now. But you know how it is when you see an old beauty and you catch the organ bug. Comments anyone?</P>

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    Just a quick update, I have received some good responses from Wurlitzerworld Yahoo group. I think that the profit the dealer hopes to make and what the owner wants to sell for will probably exceed the reasonable value of the repaired instrument.</P>


    I have an email out to Janice just to get some more accurate idea of the repair. If I could afford to buy a plug in board that would make it a simple repair I still might kick the idea around in my head. But since I already own a 4573 and a 4370, I'll probably have to pass on this one.</P>

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      Got good info back from Janice at Morelock's but going further with the organ would require me to acquire it and open it up. I don't think it is a risk I can take right now so I am definitely going to pass. I have a feeling that after dealer profits and repairs it would be an investment several times greater than market value.

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        The dealer was adamant about his $400 rock bottom price and said another church would be willing to pay and they would do the repairs as part of the price.</P>


        But everything worked out for the best because in an hour I'm taking delivery on the 32 pedal 70's Wurlitzer I've been anticipating getting from my friend. She decided she didn't want to trade after all. She's ready to give up playing the organ. Only cost to me was the moving company. Both I and my friends are getting to old for moving big ones in pick up trucks!</P>


        I believe it needs some work, but I'm hoping to make it sound as good as my 4573. The stops are altered slightly but the system is pretty much the same.</P>


        This organ is similar to the 4700 demonstrated in You Tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XayWt...eature=channelbut I hope to achieve the rich warm tones of the later models after some clean up.</P>

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