music bar

Barton Theatre Organ

Decorations on the Console Top


Shown here are the top of the console of the Barton Theatre Pipe Organ and a view looking down at the console from the front.

Click here for a front view of the organ console with a Howard seat in place of the usual bench.


music staff with notes

Organ Specifications

The Redford Theatre's Historic 3 Manual/10 Rank
Golden-Voiced Barton Theatre Pipe Organ

This historic original-installation instrument is owned and maintained by
the Motor City Theatre Organ Society

This marvelous instrument was built by the Bartola Musical Instrument Co. of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Although the Wurlitzer company is the most famous name in theatre pipe organs, the Bartola Company was a major producer of theatre pipe organs. The sound qualities of organs from various manufacturers were different. The distinctive Barton sound gave these instruments the nickname of "Golden-Voiced Bartons." Barton organs were installed in many theatres, especially in the midwest. Sadly, very few remain in their original venues. Detroit had many Barton installations, but now has only this one in its original setting. 

The Redford's Barton was installed for the opening of the theatre in 1928. Since that time, the organ has remained virtually unchanged. MCTOS has added a piano and a 16' extension to the tuba. The original pneumatically operated relay and combination action are still fully functional.  Quite an accomplishment for an 80 year old music machine.

How long can our Barton organ last?  As long as there are trees to make wood, cows to provide leather, mines that produce copper for wire and people who can fashion parts from these materials, the organ can be kept in playing condition.

The organ is used regularly to provide overture and intermission music during our classic movie series as well as for silent films and special events.

The excellent condition of the instrument along with its extremely pleasing sound has earned it an award from the ATOS as an exceptional example of a theatre pipe organ.

 

Pedal

 

Accompaniment

16'

Tuba Complena

16'

Contra Viol T.C.

16'

Bourdon

8'

Open Diapason

16'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Claribel Flute

8'

Open Diapason

8'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Concert Flute

8'

Oboe Horn

8'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Vox Humana

8'

Tuba

8'

Clarinet

8'

String

8'

Kinura

8'

String Celeste

8'

Tuba

8'

Great to Pedal

8'

Viole d'Orch.

16'

Piano

8'

Viole Celeste

8'

Piano

4'

Flute

 

4'

Tibia Clausa

 

Pedal 2nd Touch

4'

Violin

 

Bass Drum

4'

Violin Celeste

 

Cymbal

2-2/3'

Nazard

 

Snare Drum

2'

Flautino

 

Kettle Drum

 

Chrysoglott Harp

 

Thunder

 

Tambourine

 

 

 

Castanets

 

Great

 

Tom Tom

16'

Bourdon

 

Wood Block

16'

Tibia Clausa

 

Snare Drum

16'

Vox Humana T.C.

4'

Accomp. to Accomp.

16'

Tuba

8'

Piano

16'

Contra Viol T.C.

 

 

8'

Open Diapason

 

Accompaniment 2nd Touch

8'

Concert Flute

8'

Tuba

8'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Oboe Horn

 

Chimes

8'

Vox Humana

 

Triangle

8'

Clarinet

8'

Solo to Accomp.

8'

Kinura

 

 

8'

Tuba

 

Solo

8'

Viole d'Orch.

16'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Viole Celeste

16'

Tuba

4'

Principal

8'

Open Diapason

4'

Flute

8'

Flute

4'

Tibia Clausa

8'

Tibia Clausa

4'

Vox Humana

8'

Oboe Horn

4'

Cornet

8'

Vox Humana

4'

Violin

 

8'

Clarinet

4'

Viole Celeste

8'

Tuba

2-2/3'

Nazard

8'

Kinura

2'

Piccolo

8'

Viole d' Orch

1-3/5'

Tierce

4'

Flute

2-2/3'

Tibia Twelfth

4'

Tibia Clausa

 

Chrysoglott Harp

4'

Cornet

 

Cathedral Chimes

 

Cathedral Chimes

 

Xylophone

 

Xylophone

 

Glockenspiel

 

Glockenspiel

16'

Great to Great

8'

Piano

4'

Great to Great

4'

Piano

16'

Piano

 

Piano Lights

8'

Piano

 

 

4'

Piano

 

Tremulants

 

 

General

 

Great 2nd Touch

 

Tibia

8'

Tuba

 

Vox Humana

8'

Tibia

 

 

8'

Clarinet

 

Toe Studs

 

 

 

Fire Gong

 

 

 

Siren

 

 

 

Steam Boat

 

 

 

Auto Horn

 

 

 

Bird Song

 

 

 

Chinese Gong

 

 

 

 

Locomotive Whistle


Click here to listen to the Redford's Golden-Voiced Barton 



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