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Berghaus Organ Co. (1975)

Location:

Messiah Lutheran Church
Midland, MI US
Organ ID: 64440

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on September 08, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 18 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops. 14 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on September 08, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 14
  • Registers: 14
  • 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: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on September 08, 2019.
Database Manager on September 07, 2019:

According to a Sept. 4, 2019 entry by Richard Swanson on Facebooks Pipe Organ Builder's Group, "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 accomodate 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."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 08, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Organ in front of sanctuary, 2014: Photograph by Richard Swanson.

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