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Wicks Organ Co. (Opus 2753, 1947)

Originally Bernard Schaefer (Bernhard Schäfer) (1907)

Location:

St. Mary Help of Christians R. C. Church
636 First Avenue North
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085 US
Church
Organ ID: 34462

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Wicks Direct Electric
  • 25 ranks. 1,825 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 35 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Wicks Direct Electric 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 35
  • Registers: 23
  • 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 on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • 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.
Database Manager on November 28, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on April 29, 2008:

Identified through on-line information from Josh Sellner. -- Wicks website specifies Schuelke as original builder. However, church records indicate Schaefer of Schleisingerville, Wisconsin.

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

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from the Wicks Organ Co. website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Wicks Organ-of-the-Month ad, THE DIAPASON March 1948: Open In New Tab Photo and description
We received the most recent update for this document from Jeff Scofield on June 23, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Organ gallery: Photograph by Josh Sellner. Taken on 2008-05-01

Church interior to front: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 2016

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2012-10-11

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