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Wangerin Organ Co. (1897)

Originally Wangerin Organ Co.

Location:

Christ Lutheran Church
700 County HWY B
Stoughton, WI 53589 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 65501

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran 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 Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 17 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 17 stops. 18 registers.
Pedal:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Wangerin Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.

Great:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Wangerin Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.

Swell:
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Wangerin Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.
Chancel:
  • Built by Wangerin Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 17
  • Registers: 18
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.
Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020:

The Wangerin Organ was purchased in 1896 for the second sanctuary. The organ was moved in 1904 to a new sanctuary build on the same site as the second sanctuary.

The Schantz Organ Company built a new detached console, the 1904 Sanctuary was remodled after a small altar fire in 1966. At this point the entire instrument was now under one expression. A Crescendo pedal was added at this time.

Norbert Berschdorf from Milwaukee, Wisconsin split the manuals into two chambers now at the left and right in the sanctuary with an additional 5 ranks to the Swell and 6 Ranks to the Great. The Swell had always had 73 notes for coupling purposes and the new Swell ranks had 73 pipes per rank as well.

A New Sanctuary was constructed in 1999. The organ was transferred by Fred Hermes. The specification was the same only the offset chest for the swell did not get installed.

2005 was a very bad year for the church because the entire facility burned to the ground including the attached school. A new sanctuary was built at 700 County HWY B. The organ was the only thing that did not burn because it was behind the very last firewall and it was re-installed in 2007 by Fred Hermes. The swell gained the full use of the Bourdon 16' at this time. Additional changes were made in 2013 by the Fabry, Inc of Antioch Illinois. The Swell replaced the Aeoline/Violin/Nasard cut downs with a new proper Nasard 2 2/3'. The Great replaced the weak Gemshorn/4'/2' changes from 1974 and replaced it with a new Gemshorn that was voiced to mach the remaineder of the pipes. A new console was supplied by Organ Supply Industries.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeffery Rowley on May 23, 2020.
Taken from the console: Open In New Tab Stoplist provided by Jeffery Rowley
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jeff Scofield on May 24, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Wisconsin Historical Society, submitted by Jeffery Rowley. Taken approx. 1950's

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