Pipe Organ Database

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H. Pilcher & Sons (1889)

Location:

St. Michael's Episcopal Church
1000 West 18th Street
Anniston, AL 36201 US
Organ ID: 16106

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jeff Scofield on June 16, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 9 ranks. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 9 stops. 9 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • Registers: 9
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jeff Scofield on June 16, 2022.
Database Manager on February 15, 2012:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Extensively rebuilt by Schlicker 1946-47, converted to electropneumatic action and enlarged to three manuals using parts of the large 4/100 Möller organ that had been removed from the Larkin Co. building in Buffalo, NY; a new electric blower installed. William Barger did another rebuild in 1982, including a new solid state console. Barger did another rebuild in 1986 to repair water damage from sprinkler system, further additions made. Barger-Nix added new trumpet in 2011. (Information from church website accessed Feb 14, 2012)

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on June 15, 2022.

Database Manager on May 24, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville seems to be errant. It lists the date of the organ as 1885 and the size as 1/9. St. Michael's was built because Grace was no longer large enough to accommodate all the members. But permission to establish a second Episcopal parish wasn't sought from the Bishop of Alabama until June 2, 1887. And the Articles of Association were signed on St. Michael's Day (Michaelmas) later that same year. Ground for the church was broken on June 11, 1888, and the cornerstone was laid on All Saints' Day - November 1. On St. Michael's Day (9/29/1890) the church was consecrated. Parish archives also record the organ as being a large two-manual instrument - not a one-manual. And an extant photo shows a rather immense and ornately-stenciled facade at the front on the right. Wind was furnished by a water engine.

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

Database Manager on April 06, 2005:

Identified through a list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. See the document referenced below.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Pilcher Organs: Open In New Tab Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt
Document created on 2005-04-05
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1918).

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