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Reuter Organ Co. (Opus 871, 1949)

Location:

First Baptist Church of Christ
511 High Place
Macon, GA 31201 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 20675

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 19 ranks. 1,406 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 19 stops. 52 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 52
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jim Stettner on August 05, 2021:

From the Pipe Organ History page of the church website, *"In the 1940s, Mr. W. Lee Wood, who had come to the church in 1934 as organist and financial secretary, championed the cause to replace the aging Pilcher organ. His guidance led the church to sign a contract with the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas to build a new instrument. Upon removal of the Pilcher organ in the summer of 1949, a chamber was built to house the new Reuter pipework above and behind the choir loft. This chamber continues to house the organ’s pipework today.

*In January 1950, the church dedicated the new Reuter organ (opus 871), inviting Mr. Claude Murphree—who led the organ department at the University of Florida—to play for the service. The Reuter organ consisted of 3 manuals, a pedal division, 19 ranks, and approximately 1,400 pipes. An excerpt from the church’s bulletin at the time of the dedication: “The beautiful and majestic organ…is a modern three-manual instrument designed to give full and brilliant expression to the great compositions of sacred music. The organ has been placed so that the full tonal beauty can be heard by all and has been cased in an attractive grille designed to compliment [sic] the architecture of the sanctuary.”

The Reuter organ, valued at $18,000, was gifted to the church by the Mallary family in memory of Mr. Edgar Young Mallary, Sr., who had served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, Superintendent of Sunday School, Music Committee Chairman, and teacher of the Mallary Bible Class at First Baptist Church of Christ. The 10 lowest pipes of the Open Diapason from the 1887 Pilcher organ were retained for decorative use in the façade of the Reuter organ. These non-functioning façade pipes were later removed during a sanctuary renovation project in 1967.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on August 05, 2021.

Database Manager on August 31, 2013:

Updated through online information from Hunter Godsey. -- This Reuter organ was completely replaced by a Schantz Organ Company instrument in 1986. A few of the Reuter ranks (pedal ranks, we believe) were carried over to the new organ. The console frame was retained and rebuilt.

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

Database Manager on September 30, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- The chambers were above and behind the choir. Not known if the organ retained a pipe facade from the Pilcher tracker.

Update (2021-08-05): 10 pipes from the Pilcher facade were retained and combined with the Reuter wooden chamber grille. These were removed in 1967.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on August 05, 2021.

Database Manager on November 24, 2005:

Identified from the Reuter Opus List, provided by Chris Leaver, Reuter Organ Co., November, 2005.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From THE DIAPASON March 1948: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jeff Scofield on June 23, 2022.
Write-up from THE DIAPASON March 1948: Open In New Tab Stoplist and commentary
We received the most recent update for this document from Jeff Scofield on June 23, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Reuter grille with retained Pilcher facade pipes: Photograph from an archival source: Parish website - Pipe Organ History page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. before 1967

Church exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-03-13

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