The Mighty Morton

As printed in “Stockton’s Crown Jewel, The bob Hope/Fox California” (2005) by Sylvia Sun Minnick:

Stockton’s first noted theater organ was a Wurlitzer Automatic Organ installed at the Idle Hour in 1910.  When the T&D opened in 1917 it featured a fine 9 rank Wurlitzer which was later removed and installed in the new Fox California in 1930.  It was expanded by addition of Morton pipes from the Tivoli Theater in San Francisco.  It was sold in the 1950s and has disappeared.  As a replacement, Friends of the Fox found and purchased a Robert Morton organ originally installed in the Seattle Fox in 1928.  Devoted volunteers spent thousands of man hours restoring the Morton, and with the addition of five additional ranks, it is a superb instrument, worthy of its new home.

Components of the “Mighty Morton”
Ranks

  1. English Horn
  2. Trumpet
  3. Tuba
  4. Diapason
  5. Tibia Clausa
  6. Tibia Minor
  7. Kinura
  8. Orchestral Oboe
  9. Krumet
  10. Clarinet
  11. Oboe Horn
  12. Gamba
  13. Violin
  14. Violin Celeste I
  15. Violin Celeste II
  16. Viola
  17. Harmonic Flute
  18. Concert Flute
  19. Flute Celeste
  20. Solo Vox Humana
  21. Vox Humana
Percussions

  1. Piano (midi)
  2. Vibrations (midi)
  3. Mariimba/Harp
  4. Chrysoglott
  5. Orchestra Bells
  6. Xylophone
  7. Cathredral Chimes

Traps

  • Bass Drum
  • Kettle Drum
  • Snare Drum
  • Tom Tom
  • Chinese Wood Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Tap Cumbal
  • Jazz Cymbal
  • Cymbal Roll
  • Tambourine
  • Castanets
  • Triangle
  • Sleigh Bells
Effects

  1. Police Siren
  2. Police Whistle
  3. Ships Bell
  4. Door Bell
  5. Surf
  6. Train Whistle
  7. Wolf Whistle
  8. Boat Whistle
  9. Bird Call I
  10. Bird Call II
  11. Horse Hooves
  12. Auto Horn
  13. Fire Gong
  14. Thunder