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Philip J. Swartz (2012)

Originally Wangerin Organ Co. (1928)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church
200 S. Ashland Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54303 US
Organ ID: 50500

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 17 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 32 registers.
All:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Exposed pipes visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 32
  • 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible 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 January 01, 2018:

Updated by Robert Nickel, who has heard or played the organ.
Updated information from Robert Nickel, current organist. The organ consists of 16 ranks across a movable two-manual and pedal console. Originally installed as Wangerin, Op. 402 (1928), the instrument was rebuilt in 2012 by P. J. Swartz, Inc. (Eatonton, GA), and utilizes most of the original pipework. Stoplist as follows: Great (Unenclosed)
Bourdon 16 (ext Sw)
Diapason 8
Hohl Flute 8
Octave 4
Hohl Flute 4 (ext)
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV
Trumpet 8 (Sw)
Oboe 8 (Sw)
Great 16
Unison Off
Great 4
MIDI to Great
Swell 16, 8, 4



Swell (Enclosed)
Principal 8 (from 4; common bass with Bourdon)
Bourdon 8
Salicional 8
Vox Celeste 8 (TC)
Principal 4
Bourdon 4 (ext)
Nazard 2 2/3
Block Flute 2
Trumpet 8
Oboe 8
Trumpet 4 (ext)
Swell 16
Unison Off
Swell 4
MIDI to Swell
Tremolo

Pedal
Resultant 32
Principal 16 (ext Gt; Haskell pipes)
Bourdon 16 (ext Sw)
Octave 8 (Gt)
Flute 8 (Sw)
Choral Bass 4 (Gt)
Flute 4 (Sw)
Super Octave 2 (Gt)
Trumpet 32 (1-12 digital)
Trumpet 16 (ext Sw)
Trumpet 8 (Sw)
Trumpet 4 (ext Sw)
MIDI to Pedal
Great 8, 4
Swell 8, 4

Cymbalstern

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

Database Manager on October 18, 2012:

Updated through online information from Rodney J. Weed. -- Information from personal visits to the Church, information from the dedication program and from the organist, Don Verkuilen, who helped in getting the rebuilding done at a cost of $163,000.00 before leaving as organist to study at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in July 2012

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

Database Manager on October 18, 2012:

Updated through online information from Rodney J. Weed. -- This rebuild is a vast improvement over the 1928 Wangerin I played here between 1986 & 1993. The organ now uses a lot of duplexing and unification to get the 32 stops out of 19 Ranks of pipes. It puts out a great deal of sound for its size but at 5 inches of wind pressure that is not to surprising.

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

Database Manager on October 14, 2012:

A rebuilt organ. Identified by Rodney J. Weed, based on personal knowledge of the organ. The original 1928 Wangerin Organ since its installation in 1928 had some additions made to it, which included a poor 8' Trumpet and the conversion of an original 8' String rank to a a 4' Principal rank Most of the original Wangerin Pipe work was retained in this rebuild but the 8' Trumpet and 4" Octave were not retained in this rebuild and both were later additions to the organ. In this rebuild the single pipe chamber on the upper right of the Sanctuary was divided in half to allow for an enclosed Swell Chamber and an unenclosed Great. In the rebuild the Wangerin Console was not used at all and a new console was constructed. Because of the low ceiling in the Pipe Chamber Haskell pipes were used for at least one rank. At 5 inches of wind pressure the organ puts out a lot of sound. The organ is heavily duplexed and unified to achieve 32 stops including a IV rank mixture out of only 19 ranks of pipes. Very creative use of what was there to work with for an old small organ. It is definitely a vast improvement over the organ I had to work with when I was organist at First Presbyterian from 1986 to 1993.

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 and April 22, 2012 Dedication Concert Program
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Church Exterior: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Console: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Left Drawknobs: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Right Drawknobs: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Great Pipework (including Haskel Pipes for 16' Pedal Principal): Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Great Pipework: Photograph by Rodney J. Weed. Taken on 2012-10-25

Console and Pipe Facade: Image from Church Dedication Program. Taken on 2012-10-25

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