This is a Wurlitzer theater pipe organ. It was built in 1930 for the Metropolitan Theater in Boston. The organist would accompany silent movies or performers on the stage.
The organ has been restored and installed in a theater designed specifically for it. The console can control the percussion instruments mounted on the wall, along with the two pianos on either side. A few of the pipes are visible to the far left and right. The rest of the 2380 pipes are in two separate rooms, with the sound coming through the six openings high on the back wall.
Gold comes in different "karats" that describe how pure the gold is. 24 karat is pure gold. I use 23 karat gold on boats. Any karat below that will tarnish slowly when exposed to weather, even if it has varnish over it. There are other kinds of metal leaf such as copper, aluminum, palladium and more.
If you are interested in my work, you may want to find other gold leaf artists. The Society of Gilders is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the art and craft of gilding. It's mission is to preserve traditional gilding skills and techniques, and to promote the highest standards in the practice of gilding.
The Society offers technical help for gilders, restorers, conservators and all those interested in the gilding arts. Classes and workshops are offered where participants can learn more about the art of gilding. Membership is open to any interested individual, institution or corporation.
Originally called the Guild of Gilders, the organization has patterned itself after ancient craftsmen's guilds. The Society of Gilders continues to grow and teach the art of gilding in many disciplines.
Conferences bring members together from around the world, and the hands-on classes, lectures, tours and community projects provide a memorable experience for all in attendance.