The Plummer Wurlitzer has 2,677 Pipes
An organ produces sound by means of air blowing through pipes. The Plummer Wurlitzer organ has 2,677 pipes, all of which must be tuned (one at a time) by hand.
The Plummer Wurlitzer has Record/Playback Functionality
An entire concert can be recorded and played back by the organ, as if the organist were actually sitting at the keyboards, many years after the concert actually happened. I recently listened to a concert that took place in 1999. Remember, this is not an audio recording. The organ is actually playing it!
The Plummer Wurlitzer has sound effects...that are Real!
The organ contains many sound effects. My personal favorite is the siren. By the way, it is not an audio recording. There is actually a siren in one of the chambers! Other sound effects include: an auto horn, a Chinese gong, an alarm bell, and more!
The Organ is Contained in Four Rooms
Three chambers and one control room contain the organ. The organ console (the keyboards you sit at) is stored in another room behind the stage when not in use.
The Organ Console can rise out of the Stage Floor
The front portion of the stage is actually a lift. Organ concerts at Plummer Auditorium typically begin with the organist rising out of the floor while playing. If you ever attend an organ concert at Plummer and don't see the organist or the console, don't worry; they shall be rising from the basement shortly!
You can Play the Wurlitzer if you Want
There are two opportunities every year where anyone can play the organ. They are advertised on this website. Can't make the date? Contact me; we may be able to set something up for you.