Paul Woelbing is in charge of another organ made from parts. It will be assembled in a warehouse. I imagine it will be sound much like a pizza parlor organ without the pizza. In fact, some of the parts of the new instrument came from a pizza palace.
The Carmex organ is being constructed with parts of many instruments. One set of pipes originally played for roller skaters at the long-gone Riverview Rink on Milwaukee’s east side.
“We found it in a pizza restaurant, sitting in a crate in storage in Mesa, Ariz.,” said Terry Kleven, co-owner of Century Pipe Organs, a Minneapolis firm that is assembling Woelbing’s instrument. The console originally was built for a Los Angeles organist and was gilded with trim that would suit Liberace. It has since been redone in more-restrained walnut.