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Wicks Pipe Organ Co. (Opus 4345, 1963)

Location:

First Baptist Church
1801 5th Avenue North
Bessemer, AL 35020 US
Organ ID: 6390

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 22 ranks. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 22 stops. 39 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric 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.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 39
  • 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.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • 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 Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action 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 09, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- 2006, combined with Wicks (Opus 6040, 1970) from South Highlands Baptist in Bessemer by the Milner Organ Co. for The Baptist Church at McAdory in McCalla, Alabama.

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

Database Manager on May 19, 2005:

Echo division is from the 1911 Pilcher, playing on new (1963) Wicks chests. Two sets of pipes displayed on the wall behind the choir were once speaking pipes (stencilled), but they have been painted with gold paint and are not winded. Notes in the Wicks files indicate they were supplied by the church, so they are also probably from the Pilcher.

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

Database Manager on April 05, 2005:

The church is merging with two other Baptist congregations in the area. Church property has been sold (April, 2005), and organ will either be moved to new building or be placed in storage in the near future.

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

Instrument Images:

Exterior: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2005-05-19

Console, from the left: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2005-05-19

Choir loft, organ, pulpit from rear balcony: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2005-05-19

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