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Mark E. Wetzel (1966)

Originally Austin Organ Co. (Opus 1329, 1925)

Location:

Good Shepherd Anglican Church
712 W. Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980 US
Organ ID: 49656

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 24, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 18 ranks. 2 manuals. 22 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air 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 July 24, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Registers: 22
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 24, 2019.
Database Manager on July 24, 2019:

Updated by Peter D. Robinson, who has heard or played the organ.

The building in which the organ is accomodated is the former Bethany Lutheran Church on the corner of W. Main and Maple in downtown Waynesboro, which was sold to Good Shepherd Anglican Church. The organ has received a new blower (January 2019) and some of the dead notes have been repaired. Some revoicing is contemplated by the new owners to allow the Wetzel additions to integrate better with the original Austin organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on July 25, 2019.

Database Manager on April 30, 2012:

Identified through online information from Bob Moody. -- Pipes are in chamber at the side of the chancel. Console was moved to rear balcony in 1960's when Mark Wetzel rebuilt the instrument, adding 6 ranks. A pitman chest outside the swell box was added at that time and 3 Klann relay racks were fitted to handle switching. These relays are now failing due to contracts breaking off from metal fatigue due to usage. This has caused several dead notes, but it is possible to work around them with creative use of couplers. The console is an Austin "Cash Register" console.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Accurate stop list from memory
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Interior and Chancel: Photograph by Robert Moody.

Console and Sanctuary Interior: Photograph by Robert Moody.

Console: Photograph by Robert Moody.

Pipe Façades (16' Violone): Photograph by Robert Moody.

Left to Right: Great Principal Chorus, Austin Universal Windchest, Pedal Bourdon and Gedeckt: Photograph by Robert Moody.

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