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Balcom and Vaughan (1954)

Originally Wicks Pipe Organ Co. (Opus 74, 1912)

Location:

St. James Catholic Church
218 W. 12th St.
Vancouver, WA 98660 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 24874

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on October 02, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil
  • 14 ranks. 828 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 20 stops. 14 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers 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: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 14
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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 Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 31, 2012:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- While the new pedalboard compass is 32-notes, the two original Pedal ranks were not extended and still play for only 30 notes.

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

Database Manager on November 28, 2006:

Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This was an electrification of the existing 1914 tubular-pneumatic Wicks organ. Despite the Balcom and Vaughan, the work was actually done by Clele d'Autrey of Portland, Oregon. The organ was electrified, a new console was provided, and the original Swell 8' Stopped Diapason was placed on a new unit chest, expanded to 97 pipes playing at 16, 8, 4, 2-2/3, and 2' pitches on the Swell, and borrowed to the Pedal at 16' and 8' pitches.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the console April 6, 1990
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

1954 Balcom and Vaughan console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2013-10-13

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