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Ronald Wahl (1978)

Originally Steer & Turner [J.W. Steer] (1872)

Location:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
1000 Michigan Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350 US
Organ ID: 8163

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • 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 November 08, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 24 ranks. 1,223 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 20 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on November 08, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 23
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • 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: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on November 08, 2019.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 08, 2019.

Database Manager on December 20, 2009:

Updated through online information from John Gouwens. -- The stops added by Wahl are lettered in red at the console, so that the player may readily play only the original Steer & Turner ranks. This includes two ranks added to the Great Mixture. (Half-draw of that knob engages only the S&T ranks.)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 09, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was Steer & Turner (1872, Opus 45).

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996.

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 (Source: The Stopt Diapason, August 1980)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave interior with organ at front, left: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Nave and chancel facades: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Keydesk with cover closed: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Keydesk with cover open: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Pedalboard and combination trundles: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Swell-to-Great On/Off coupler pistons and Steer & Turner nameplate: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Original Steere & Turner facade and keydesk: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Added nave facade - Pedal 8' Violoncello: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Left stop jamb: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Right stop jamb: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

View from the back of the music rack, showing tracker runs up from the keys.: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Tracker turns to the Pedal chest. (Note, this was shortly before the reservoir was re-leathered.): Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Great Pipework, top to bottom: Melodia, Dulciana, 4' Chimney Flute, Fifteenth, Trumpet: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2019-11-06

Reservoir in the process of being re-leathered. (Blower is to the right, and the boots of the 16' Cremona are visible in the background.): Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2020-02-06

Church Exterior: Photograph by John Gouwens. Taken on 2020-05-19

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