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Unknown Builder (19??)

Originally Wicks Organ Co. (Opus 1989, 1939)

Location:

First United Methodist Church
122 W. 10th Street
Chandler, OK 74834 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 68648

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, but not in use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Rev. Dr. Van Herd on July 06, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • 5 ranks. 2 manuals.
Chancel:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Rev. Dr. Van Herd on July 04, 2021.
Rev. Dr. Van Herd on July 04, 2021:

According to long-time local organist, now deceased, Mrs. Mabel Rushing, this organ was brought to Chandler "from a radio station in Wichita Falls." This seems to be true, as the organ is not scaled properly for this space and doesn't make sufficient sound to be faithful to a full organ repertoire. It occupies the organ chamber to the L of the chancel, replete with ornamental, non-speaking facade pipes. An identical chamber, also with non-speaking facade pipes, is to the R of the chancel above the choir room but is empty. Evidently the architects prepared space to house a much larger organ. I played this organ most recently ca. 2010, at which time it was not used but was still in good condition an playable. I will attempt to obtain photographs of the organ and console in the next few weeks.

We received the most recent update for this note from Rev. Dr. Van Herd on July 04, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/53/First_United_Methodist_Church%2C_Chandler%2C_Oklahoma.jpg, submitted by Rev. Dr. Van Herd. Taken approx. 2012

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