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G.M. Buck Pipe Organs (2011)

Originally Frank J. Sauter & Sons (1956)

Location:

First Congregational Church
2001 Niles Avenue
St. Joseph, MI 49085 US
Organ ID: 62876

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • 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 December 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 6 divisions. 3 manuals. 92 stops.
All:
  • 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 December 18, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 92
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • 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)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Database Manager on July 18, 2018:

This work was a renovation and expansion of the organ, including the addition of some digital stops. The organ was originally installed by Sauter in 1956. Subsequent work on the organ was completed by Sauter (1959), Berghaus (1984), and Fowler (1995).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Courtesy of Chad Boorsma: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from the console (July 12, 2018)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, Pipe Facade, and Chamber Grillework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, Pipe Facade, and Chamber Grillework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Chamber Grillework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Nave, Balcony, and Antiphonal Pipe Chamber (far right of balcony): Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Antiphonal Pipework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Antiphonal Pipework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Console, Chancel, and Pipe Display: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

Church Exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2018-07-12

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