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Warren Burke Gratian (1949)

Originally W. W. Kimball Co. (1907)


First United Presbyterian Church
Dean and Hurst Streets
Bushnell, IL 61422 US
Organ ID: 50499

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • 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: EP ventil
  • 12 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 20 stops.
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In side 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.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • 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
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on October 13, 2012:

Identified through online information from Ronald Crowl. -- Rebuild of existing Kimball organ. The church was remodeled in the split-chancel style in 1949, and the organ was rebuilt by Warren Gratian. A new console from Organ Supply was installed (replete with adjustable combination action and reversibles), and the organ was divided on either side of the choir in the church's "towers" - the Great being put under expression at that time, and a set of Mayland chimes added.

The original tubular-pneumatic action was electrified by the installation of electro-pneumatic primaries. The original Pedal Bourdon of 30 notes was extended to 44; the Swell Harmonic Flute moved to the Great and the original Swell Stopped Flute unified on a new chest. A Voix Celeste was added in the Swell on the original Flute Harmonic chest.

The work was donated by the Oblander family in memory of "Uncle Ed and Aunt Sally" Oblander, who operated a local hardware store for decades.

First Presbyterian was locally famous for its very fine graded choir program, with a senior choir of upwards of 30-plus in most seasons, doing major choral works. The highlight of the musical season at the church was the Christmas Eve Candlelight service, always packed to standing room. Over the decades, this church saw some very finely trained organists and choir directors; Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois - only 30 miles away - having provided fine musicians for the area for over 100 years.

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

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