Howard Best (Howard M. Best III) (1970s)

Originally Austin Organ Co. (Opus 1614, 1928)

Location:

Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Highway 31 North
Gardendale, AL 35071 US
Organ ID: 11248

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 10 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on July 02, 2013:

Updated through online information from Randy Terry. -- When I visited the organ, I was told that the new Principal unit had been made by Aeolian-Skinner pipe maker Tommy Anderson and voiced by A-S head voicer John Hendriksen. The 4' extension was accessed via the "Chimes Damper on/off" tab. I discovered that by accident. The Cornopean was one of the best reeds I've ever experienced, and I was told it had been redone by Trivo. The Principal and Cornopean ranks alone made quite a nice sound. The remaining Austin pipework for the most part was a disappointment.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on March 03, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- When I visited the organ in January 1988, the organ had 19 speaking stops, and I believe 12-registers/12-ranks. The chimes and harp were missing - or at least not playing. I did not get to examine the chambers and pipes. Every rank seemed to be 61 notes rather than the expected 73 for a 1920's Austin.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 01, 2005:

The organ was originally installed in Gardendale Methodist Church; it was moved here when the congregation merged with Mt. Vernon Methodist in the 1970s. The original free-standing enclosure was installed in a large chamber above the choir loft, set back from the screened opening into the church.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 01, 2005:

According to Mark Hayes, who inspected the organ December 1, 2005, the organ has a new Trombone unit (16 & 8) in the pedal, and a new Principal playing on the Great at 8 & 4, both stops on new chests, unenclosed, and installed at the time of installation here. The original Open Diapason (with some of the leather removed from the lip) remains in place, but it is not wired to play at all now. New Peterson Swell motors were installed, but half of the shades are wired shut. These changes were made when the organ was installed in this location.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 15, 2004:

The original builder was Austin Organ Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the console January, 1988
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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