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Austin Organ Co.

Location:

Sweetest Heart of Mary R.C. Church
Detroit, MI US
Organ ID: 13504

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 20 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Ed Bourke on September 19, 2021:

The organ has been played since 2016 by Ronald Weiler.

We received the most recent update for this note from Ed Bourke on September 19, 2021.

Database Manager on February 03, 2017:

[Manager's Note: Because the organ appears on the Austin Opus List, we will maintain this entry. We thank Mr. Worden for the details.]
Updated by William M. Worden
I think my previous attempt to clear up confusion added confusion. This "Austin" is one and the same with the organ listed elsewhere in the database as a Clough & Warren. For many years, organ buffs in and around Detroit assumed that this organ was an Austin, based on the windchests. Any nameplate was long-gone. After the convention of 1977--or maybe at the time of that convention-- some worthy of the OHS did the necessary research to determine that the Austin brothers took their skills and their windchest design to Clough & Warren of Detroit and built this organ there before founding their own firm. So the "Austin" at Sweetest Heart of Mary never really existed. Confusion was added by the past use of the name "Sacred Heart of Mary" for the church, especially by the press. To sum up, there was only one organ in one church and that's a Clough & Warren in Sweetest Heart of Mary.

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

Database Manager on January 17, 2017:

Updated by William M. Worden, who has heard or played the organ. In addition William M. Worden gave this as a source of information: I once maintained this organ..
Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit, has been confused with Sacred Heart of Mary. The error was--and remains--quite common.

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

Database Manager on January 08, 2005:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

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

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