Ron Wehmeier of Ronald F. Wehmeier, Inc. Pipe Organ Service rebuilt the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ. Also, he supervised the construction work and installed the organ in the Ballroom of Cincinnati Music Hall.
Ron's work started in 2007, in his workshop. In June, 2008, Messer Construction began work on preparing the ballroom for the new arrival. The Mighty Wurlitzer was built for, and originally hosted in, the Albee Theatre in downtown Cincinnati. That's how the organ got its name: the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer.
In the Ballroom
As work progressed in the ballroom, Scott Santangelo, the Manager of Music Hall at the time, documented the work.
By November, the HVAC system was installed. The site was ready. Ron could begin the setup inside the chambers. Ron's work continued through the winter and into the spring.
In late summer 2009, Ron tested the organ and system thoroughly. He then brought in renowned theatre organist Lyn Larsen for a final check. Larsen is a consultant in the tonal design and layout of restored historic instruments.
Read about the dedication of the Albee Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, which was held just shy of the 82nd anniversary of the organ's first performance in the RKO Albee Theatre in Cincinnati.