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W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 7068, 1930)

Location:

Ensley Baptist Church
2301 Avenue E
Birmingham (Ensley), AL 35218 US
Organ ID: 33915

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 21 ranks. 1,468 pipes. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 30 stops. 21 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman 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: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 30
  • Registers: 21
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on October 17, 2016:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on September 10, 2013:

Updated through online information from William McElwee. -- Swell organ totally destroyed by water leak

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

Database Manager on March 14, 2008:

Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- Several firms were consulted for an instrument for the church: Aeolian-Votey, Austin, Estey, H.A. Burke & Sons, and Kimball. The contarct with Kimball was signed for the church on Dec. 28, 1928 by Charles O. Johnson. It was signed by the Kimball firm on march 21, 1929. Total cost was $15,000.00. Installation was completed in late 1929 with tonal regulation and finishing being done early in 1930. The prepared-for harp/celesta was never installed. Only two changes have been made. The console was originally centered in the choir loft, and was moved to the right side of the sanctuary main floor. And the original Class "A" Deagan chimes from the Echo were pilfered and replaced with lesser quality chimes - which were then relocated to the Great/Choir chamber. Source: extant organ, July 1985.

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 in July, 1987
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Archival photograph. Taken on 1950-06-17

Chancel; organ grilles above: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Console: Archival photograph. Taken on 1950-06-17

Swell pipes: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Echo pipes: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Echo pipes: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Great pipes: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Swell pipes: Photograph by William McElwee. Taken on 1998-05-25

Sanctuary interior; rear gallery view: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1988-02-21

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