Pipe Organ Database

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Robert L. Sipe (& Associates) (1990s)

Originally Wicks Organ Co. (Opus 4814, 1969)

Location:

First Church of the Nazarene
6789 NW 39th Expressway
Bethany, OK 73008 US
Organ ID: 47351

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Church of the Nazarene
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 44 ranks. 2,394 pipes. 4 divisions. 4 manuals. 44 stops. 37 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 44
  • Registers: 37
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 07, 2013:

Identified through online information from Rev. Van Herd. -- New console for existing Wicks organ.
The console was replaced with a Hotkamp-style 3M portable console in the mid-1990s by Robert Sipe out of Dallas. Not sure if he did any re-voicing. Eleanor Whitsett, sometime organist there, told me that this was due to electrical switching problems in the original 4M console. The sanctuary underwent a minor restoration in 1999, at which time the Sipe console was moved to the center of the chancel as the choir loft was made into an open "stage" with flexible seating. This new console now sits on the L side of the chancel, down on the sanctuary floor. I heard the organ in both its original and new states and, while it has always spoken with a near-Baroque clarity, it always seems very soft and "disappears" easily, especially with congregational singing and/or with the very accomplished church orchestra they have.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from the console, 16 June 2016
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Auditorium Interior: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2016-06-16

Console: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2016-06-16

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