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Wigton Pipe Organs (2019)

Originally Berghaus Organ Co. (1975)

Location:

St Augustine's House Lutheran Monastery
3316 Drahner Rd.
Oxford, MI 48370 US
Church of the Visitation
Organ ID: 64288

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Convents, Monasteries, and the like
  • The organ is unaltered 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 December 09, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 17 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a floor-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on December 09, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Balanced tracker.
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on December 09, 2019.
Database Manager on September 07, 2019:

In a Sept. 4, 2019 post on Facebook's Pipe Organ Builder's Group, Richard Swanson related, "In September of 2014, Messiah Lutheran Church, Midland, MI decided to gift their 1975 Berghaus tracker organ to King of Kings Lutheran Church, Frankenmuth, MI. The organ was removed by R.T. Swanson, Inc. and transported to storage places in Frankenmuth. The architecture of the new sanctuary at King of Kings made it impossible to accommodate the Berghaus as configured. Case height was the main impediment. R. T. Swanson incorporated 2 pipe ranks, static reservoir and blower from the Berghaus into a new 9 rank electric action pipe organ for King of Kings. The remains of the Berghaus remained in storage in Frankenmuth until 2018 when King of Kings gifted the Berghaus to Wigton Pipe Organs of Dryden, MI for use as the basis of an organ proposal for St. Augustine's House, Oxford, MI. Dave Wigton has done a masterful job of rescuing this Berghaus from death row! Father Jude made the pipe shades for the pedal and is currently doing the shades for the Great."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 16, 2019.

Database Manager on August 06, 2019:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Rev'd John Richard Hendricks, citing information from this publication: Oxford MI St Augustine's House (Lutheran retreat center). . Additionally, Rev'd John Richard Hendricks listed this web site as a source of information: http://www.staugustineshouse.org/2018/12/27/a-new-organ/.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on August 07, 2019.
Stoplist courtesy of Daniel Susan: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 10, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by Daniel Susan. Taken on 2019-11-28

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by Daniel Susan. Taken on 2019-11-28

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