Its the worlds largest pipe organ. Well over 33,000 pipes, some as tall as 64 feet high. Built by the Midmer-Losh company, between 1929 and 1932, and designed to fill the massive Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, the pipe organ proved hard to maintain through the depression and succumbed to leaks, building remodels, and time. The instrument is undergoing a restoration that will bring it back to full voice, after more than 50 years. These were the ultimate musical instruments, set in great musical... [see more] palaces where everyone believed they would play forever, and its proving to be true.
ULTIMATE RESTORATIONS follows the rescue and refurbishment of some of the most valuable mechanical icons of the Golden Age (1880-1940), an era considered a high point in innovation and craftsmanship. The series tells the spellbinding stories behind the restorations of eight irreplaceable masterpieces from a fire engine, a railroad car and a yacht to a carousel, a spy plane and the world's largest musical instrument. The passionate restorers and committed craftspeople discuss the challenges associated with reviving these massive icons. The drama can involve moving huge pieces of equipment, salvaging from sea-floor beds, searching for rare parts, and dealing with complicated mechanical systems.