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Alden Organ Services (2018)

Originally Henry Pilcher's Sons (Opus 1229, 1924)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church
1100 Austin Ave.
Waco, TX 76701 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 63724

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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 February 03, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 44 ranks. 2,385 pipes. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 53 stops.
All:
  • Position: In center 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 February 03, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 53
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.
Database Manager on February 02, 2019:

The organ was originally built by Pilcher in 1924. Three ranks were replaced and a new Reuter console installed by Geisler in 1961. Geisler added additional stops and a zimbelstern in 1973. In 1992, the organ was rebuilt by Range Organ Company, and work included a new organ case built by Denney Organ Works. Range also installed a different, used console (appears to be originally a Schantz console) in 1999. The work by Dr. Jason Alden included replacement of the failing reeds in each division, the addition of 3 ranks to form a new Choir division, and rewiring to allow the organist to select sounds from a variety of divisions. The new pipes were made by A. R. Schopp's.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.

Database Manager on February 02, 2019:

A celebration of the completed organ project was held on October 21, 2018, with Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe at the console. The concert was given to the Glory of God in memory of Hester Beck Willis, John Todd Willis, Jr., and John W. “Jack” Parnum, former church organist who died in 1918, while serving in World War I.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 04, 2019.
Stoplist from Organ Celebration Program: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.
Articles in The Tower (church newsletter) and letter regarding repairs/expansion of the church organ by Dr. Jason Alden.: Open In New Tab We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on February 03, 2019.

Organ Celebration Program: Open In New Tab Photographs, stoplist, program, and history of the organ
We received the most recent update for this document from Chad Boorsma on October 25, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2019-02-05

Left Drawknobs: Photograph by T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2019-02-05

Right Drawknobs: Photograph by T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2019-02-05

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2016-07-23

Church Exterior: Photograph by T. Bradford Willis. Taken on 2015-05-23

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