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Odenbrett & Abler (1880)

Location:

St. Francis Xavier R.C. Cathedral
140 South Monroe Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54301 US
Organ ID: 51171

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • 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
  • 21 ranks. 1,095 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops. 21 registers.
All:
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 21
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 14, 2013:

Updated through online information from Rodney J. Weed. -- Odenbrett and Abler was one of several German Organ builders located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the late 1800s. The Cathedral has in its records the contract wih Odenbrett and Abler signed November 1879. Some of the original pipes of this Odenbrett and Abler organ remain in use in the Current Wicks organ built in 1986. I do not know first hand which ranks these would be in the current organ.

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

Database Manager on April 12, 2013:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Rodney J. Weed, using information found in David Bohn, Die Winerfloete Volume XXII, no. 2 March, 2013 page 5. -- "Excerpts from the contract: The contract was made on the twenty-fifth of November 1879 to be ready for the twenty-fifth of March 1880, and the organ was to cost $2,500.00. The Metal pipes were to be of spotted metal and the show pipes"will be made of English tin and highly polished." The wind pressure was to be three inches. The case was to be "made of white ash trimmed with walnut in harmony with the cathedral, plain but good." The contract also mentions paying $9.50 in freight from Boston in addition to freight from Milwaukee. The organ was rebuilt by Schaefer Organ Co. of Slinger, WI in the early 1920's, and again in 1953, and was replaced with a Wicks in 1986 that reuses a handful of the Odenbrett pipes.

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 "Die Winerfloete" March, 2013 Volume XXII, no. 2 pg. 5
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph (ca. 1905) from the Cathedral museum; image courtesy of Jody Strnad.

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