This pipe organ started out as a 9 rank instrument situated in
two chambers flanking the altar. An exposed Great was a
later addition also completed by the Wicks Organ
Company, bringing the total number of ranks up to 15. Wicks
uses the very reliable Direct-Electric® windchest action
that alleviates the need for the expensive periodic
re-leathering of the windchest components.
However, the early electrical system, required to handle very
heavy switching currents, did not hold up so well. The
large currents tended to erode contact points over years of
service to the point where they began to break off. This
renders the otherwise reliable system almost unusable. A
complete rebuilding of the console would cure these ails, make
the organ more versatile as well as providing the
The rebuilding of this console included a Peterson
ICS-4000 system, new tracker-touch keyboards, new drawknobs,
new rocker tabs for the couplers, a new power supply, new
wiring, new pistons and new toe studs. The new
solid-state devices effectively eliminate the "burning
contact" type of failures. MIDI capability was also
added to the instrument. The console was then cleaned
and polished and ready to go.
The Great division pipework, while of high quality, was never
voiced nor regulated for the acoustics of the church.
This unfortunately does not allow the Great to blend properly
with the earlier ranks of Wicks pipes. If
listened to individually, these Great division pipes have a
sound akin to "frying" or an unexpected hiss.
When this portion of the job is complete, we will alleviate
such sounds and enhance the tonal sound of the pipe
itself. This will allow the pipes to blend with the
other ranks and create a pleasing overall ensemble.