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W. Zimmer & Sons, Inc. (Opus 205, 1977)

Location:

St. Mark Lutheran Church
114 E. Minges Road
Battle Creek, MI 49015 US
Organ ID: 36744

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • 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)
  • 23 ranks. 1,181 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on July 26, 2013:

The church building, dedicated in 1972, was designed for a pipe organ with additional steel to reinforce the balcony floor. For optimal acoustics, terrazzo flooring was placed under the pews and in the chancel, and the balcony side walls were installed at an angle. The organ was dedicated at the 10 a.m. service on November 6, 1977, by Jean Janson, church organist. A dedicatory recital was held November 13 of the same year with Danford Byrens, Olivet College music professor, at the console. Church committee members were seeking a particular type of organ to accommodate baroque tones that would fit with traditional Lutheran worship (information provided by the church).

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

Database Manager on July 26, 2013:

The organ was restored in 2010 by Lauck Pipe Organ Company. The work included replacing rubber that was deteriorating, installing a new digital memory system because the original combination action was failing, and relocating the console closer to the organ case. A rededication concert was given by Director of Music, Debbie Candy.

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

Database Manager on October 07, 2008:

Identified through online information from Trevor Dodd.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2013-07-24

Sanctuary Interior and Chancel: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2013-07-24

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2013-07-24

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2013-07-24

Church Exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2013-07-24

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