Later that year, First Friends Church bought this

organ, which had been salvaged from the wreckage.

A number of pipes were lost or badly damaged, but E.H. Holloway

Corp., of Indianapolis was able to put the organ back together and to

find used replacement pipes for what was missing.

 

The little organ survived, but was never actually completely rebuilt.

The Wicks console, which was mostly made of plywood, had

suffered water damage, causing the plywood to begin separating, and

the old wiring harness - thousands of feet of wire with thousands of

electrical contacts, was in very bad shape.

 

The "new" console - also a survivor - at First Friends Meeting.The "new" console - also a survivor - at First Friends Meeting.Meanwhile, the organ console you see today, now completely renewed and restored, has its

own separate story of migration and survival. This doughty

little console has been moved four times since it was built by

Moller in its Hagerstown, MD plant in 1937. Over the years,

it has been attached to three different pipe organs. Its life has

included installation in a funeral home, storage time in an

unfinished basement (with radioactive materials stored

nearby!), service in a Lutheran church, and, yet again,

storage in a garage. Still, its solid walnut frame has remained

strong and square, and it still retains all its original ivory

keys.

 

Reynolds Associates is proud to have brought these two survivors together. The console has

been refinished, the keyboards have been reconditioned, and all new stop controls have been

installed. The organ pipes and mechanisms have been completely cleaned, and a new wind

regulation system installed.

 

Finally, the pipes in the organ have all been "revoiced" - each pipe carefully adjusted for tone,The pipes in the shop during the restoration process.The pipes in the shop during the restoration process.

speech, and loudness, to give the organ a unified, cohesive voice, much like a choir that has

been trained to sing together as one. A digital voice extension system has also been installed

to extend the musical range and variety of this great little organ.

 

No matter how you look at it, this is one tough instrument!

 

Read MORE about this organ

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