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    ppp Pianississmo HiDesertHal's Avatar
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    Leon Berry

    Leon Berry was an organist at the Hub Skating Rink in Chicago, playing a Wurlitzer Theater Organ.

    He also had a pipe organ in his home, called "The Beast In The Basement".

    He made record albums of both organs in the 1960's.


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    p Piano Ben Madison's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiDesertHal View Post
    Leon Berry was an organist at the Hub Skating Rink in Chicago, playing a Wurlitzer Theater Organ.He also had a pipe organ in his home, called "The Beast In The Basement".He made record albums of both organs in the 1960's.Hal
    I got two of his records, good player adds percussion and lays it down on the pedal compared to others who use Percussion sparingly it's a totally different style compared to others.

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    mf Mezzo-Forte AllenAnalog's Avatar
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    Leon Berry has cost me tens of thousands of dollars! If I hadn't purchased his LP album "Beast in the Basement" (in the sale rack for $1.99) when I was a sophomore in college I probably would never have gotten into theater organs and automatic musical instruments. I would have been happy playing my mom's Hammond M-3 spinet for the rest of my life. Sigh.

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    I tried my darndest to make a circa 1959 Lowrey Holiday sound like Berry's records (save the traps and bells) when I was a kid in the '60's. Couldn't ever do it.

    Even now, all this time later, my phone ringer is his El Relicario recording.
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    I am another big fan of Leon Berry. I also am a big fan of Wurlitzer Organs period. I do realize there are other theater organs that sound quite well also, but I can always tell when I hear a Wurlitzer. Hammond does sounds cheap compared to some of the nice electronic organs that the various companies build over the years.

    Baldwin Church Organ Model 48C
    Baldwin Spinet 58R
    Lowrey Spinet SCL
    Wurlitzer 4100A
    Crown Pump Organ by Geo. P. Bent, Chicago, Illinois

    Organs I hope to obtain in the future:

    Conn Tube Minuet or Caprice even a transistor Caprice with the color coded tabs
    Gulbransen H3 or G3, or V.
    Wurlitzer 44, 4410, 4420, ES Reed Models, 4300, 4500, Transistor Models

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    ppp Pianississmo EclecticOrgan's Avatar
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    I was fortunate as a child to hear him play. I remember climbing the ladder and watching all of the stops he used. Still one of my favorite theater organists!

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    I remember one of my first organ contest songs was Glow Worm!

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    ppp Pianississmo csk280's Avatar
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    I have always loved Leon Have all of his Audio Fidelity records I think six in all. 3 and 4 or my favorites. Used his records to test new speaker we built back in the sixty's still have and used them sound great.

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