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A. B. Felgemaker Co. (Opus 1002, 1909)

Location:

Freemasons' Hall
525 N. Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 US
Lodge Room 5 South
Organ ID: 18601

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lodges and Clubs
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Ventil
  • 9 ranks. 518 pipes. 2 divisions. 2 manuals. 9 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Andrew Schaeffer on August 05, 2022:

I visited the temple on August 3, 2022 and all six, identical Felgemakers are still there in the various lodge rooms in various states of repair. Quite a fascinating experience to roam the building!

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Schaeffer on August 05, 2022.

Database Manager on September 19, 2016:

Updated through online information from Ken Whiting.

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

Database Manager on September 19, 2016:

Updated through online information from Mike Brumback.
This is one of six matching organs installed in 1909. All organs still in place and playable. Ken Whiting has repaired 3 of the organs and we plan to continue repairing and tuning the remaining organs.

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

Database Manager on July 13, 2015:

Opera 1002 through 1007

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

Database Manager on July 13, 2015:

George Nelson notes that the organs were all removed by 1976.

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

Database Manager on June 28, 2005:

Six (6) identical tubular-pneumatic organs: Four (4) placed in lodge rooms, and one each in a chapter room and a commandery room. Wind pressure was 3 1/2", and Kinetic 1/2-horsepower blowers were provided for each instrument.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Specification from <i>2007 Organ Atlas: Central Indiana Region</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Keydesk: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Stops: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Pedalboard & combination spoons: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Case and keydesk: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Case in balcony: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

Lodge Room: Photograph by Andrew Schaeffer. Taken on 2022-08-03

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