The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Baptist Church
100 Southwest 4th Avenue
Mineral Wells, Texas 76067

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 43216.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 24, 2019.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Two manuals. 33 registers.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through information in List of More than 5200 Moller Pipe Organs (Hagerstown, Maryland. M. P. Möller, 1928). (Database Manager. September 23, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Goodwin.
    1919 Moeller moved to new sanctuary 1968 by Herman Boetcher & Sons, Dallas TX. Original console & chests replaced with OSI. Original 5 rk Echo disappeared at this time (including Vox H, Tibia & strings). Subsequent maintenance by Ross King (Ft. Worth, TX) and currently Dan Garland (Ft. Worth, TX). Room has insurmountably poor acoustics. (Database Manager. August 16, 2016)
  • Updated by John Reynolds, who has heard or played the organ. Original installation was entirely unenclosed in the rear loft of the church. Upon relocation to the current sanctuary, it was entirely enclosed in a front center chamber behind non-speaking facade pipes surrounding baptismal area. Subsequent building renovations and piecemeal organ modifications led to removal of all facade pipes and complete enclosure with no visible pipework. Both great and swell divisions are substantially muffled, and both 16’ pedal ranks barely audible. Tremulant no longer functional, and may have been removed at some point. Building acoustics are incredibly poor with reverberation time of less than half a second. Electro-pneumatic action is sluggish, and swell shades are excessively noisy with audible slam when closed. Currently, the instrument is no longer completely functional, with limited playability due to pipework heat fatigue, inability for reeds to be tuned properly, and desperate need for expansion, relocation, and restoration in order to adequately fill the space with sound. (Thurlow Weed. July 24, 2019)

Online Documents

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Photographs

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Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard; image courtesy of T. Bradford Willis (1920s)
Sanctuary after removal of facade pipes and instrument enclosure. Church Website, courtesy of John Reynolds (2018)
Console. Photograph by John Reynolds 2019-08-10
Sanctuary with unobstructed pipe chambers and prominent facade pipes. Facebook video, courtesy of John Reynolds (Early 1960s)
Great Organ Chamber (division is under expression). Photograph by John Reynolds (2019)
Great Division. Photograph by John Reynolds (2019)
Swell Division. Photograph by John Reynolds (2019)
Swell Division. Photograph by John Reynolds (2019)

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Stoplist

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