Hot Lips Hoolihan is a Wurlitzer Military Band Organ, Style #104. (The recording was made with a bass drum and snare drum.)
This colorful Band Organ was formerly owned by a well-known Carnival owner, one of the most well-respected men in the industry. The organ had been used of their beautiful Carousel and was shown and heard all over the Eastern, Southern, and Central part of Missouri. The Carnival was based in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Always kept clean and freshly painted, the Carnival was welcomed wherever it played. The same man who took care of the Carousel for over 25 years, also took care of the organ. The owner's Widow sold the machine to Paul R. Eakins in 1976 and he completely redid the organ. A new case was made and the pipes were cleaned, revoiced, and tuned. Hot Lips Hoolihan was named after a friend who delights in the music of Band Organs.
Hot Lips Hoolihan has 44 keys insuring a wide range of melody. Instrumentation: Inside - 14 Wooden Piccolos; 14 Wooden Flageolets; 5 Open Basses; 14 Violin Pipes Melody; 13 Wooden Trumpets; 9 Open Pipes in Accompaniment; 6 Stopped Pipes in Melody. Bottom - 5 Stopped Basses; 9 Stopped Accompaniment; 8 Stopped Melody. Five Stops - 1 for Piccolos; 1 for Flageolets; 1 for Melody; 1 for Accompaniment and 1 for Trumpets.
Dimensions: Height 4 feet 1 inch; Width 3 feet 6 inches; Depth 2 feet 4 inches. Case made of golden oak.