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Wicks (Opus 4847(A), 1990)

Originally Wicks (Opus 4847, 1969)

Location:

First Baptist Church
61 Church Street
Charleston, SC 29401 US
Organ ID: 49331

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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 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
  • 42 ranks. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 41 stops. 56 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric 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: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 41
  • Registers: 56
  • 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: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 22, 2012:

Identified through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Wicks installed the original Opus 4847 in 1969; it was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, rebuilt by Wicks in 1990 retaining the same opus number although it was considerably altered; Positiv was enclosed, some ranks moved or replaced, and the historic Henry Erben instrument in the rear gallery was connected to the main organ by electric pull downs so that it can serve as an Antiphonal division. NOTE: The rank count includes the Erben organ, counting the divided stops as single ranks.

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 April 21, 1992
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1992-04-21

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1992-04-21

Sanctuary interior, exposed pipes and console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1992-04-21

Chancel, facade pipes and console: Photograph from THE AMERICAN ORGANIST June 1992.

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