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Wicks Pipe Organ Co. (Opus 5785, 1980)

Location:

Basilica of St. Adalbert
701 Fourth Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 US
Basilica
Organ ID: 19421

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on August 09, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 72 ranks. 3,883 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 80 stops. 76 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric 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 August 09, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 80
  • Registers: 76
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • 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
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on August 09, 2018.
Database Manager on July 16, 2010:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- The organ was originally dedicated on April 26, 1981, as part of St. Adalbert's centennial. Charles Mosley was the tonal finisher, and Jonathan Tuuk was the tonal consultant. In 1999, the organ was changed to solid state, and revoicing was done by Jim Lauck and Jonathan Tuuk. On May 2, 1999, the organ was rededicated as the Joseph A. Westdorp Basilica Memorial Organ in celebration of his 40 years as music director. In 2001, additional work was completed on the console by Lauck Pipe Organ Company; this included new drawknobs, keyboards, stop jambs, and woodwork.

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

Database Manager on October 03, 2008:

Updated through online information from Dennis Buteyn.

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

Database Manager on September 28, 2007:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Organ is in service after building renovation (2007).

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

Database Manager on September 06, 2006:

Updated through online information from David Kinyon.

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

Database Manager on September 13, 2005:

Identified through online information from David Kinyon. -- Rebuild of an early Wicks. Basilica currently undergoing extensive renovation and rebuilding. Organ is out for cleaning and repairs. Current status unknown.

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 Wicks Organ Company
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ; photo from Wicks promotional materials: Digital image by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2008-12-15

Church exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-01-02

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