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  • Re: small wicks organ in Bloomington Indiana, circa 1969

    So what are the resources and specifications for an organ like this?

    I've seen some 3 rank Wicks organs with Gedackt, Salicional, and Dulciana; I've seen some with Bourdon, Salicional, and Diapason.

    I don't think anyone can answer this question about the organ in the print ad, but perhaps you could tell me about the Wicks Classic III, Delirious, Dan.

    (I'm getting a Wicks 4 rank that has Bourdon, Viole, Diapason, and Fagotto as its resources.)

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    Re: small wicks organ in Bloomington Indiana, circa 1969

    It looks like there are some reeds on that organ, if you look at the pipes all the way in front.


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      Re: small wicks organ in Bloomington Indiana, circa 1969

      Ours has a Subbass/Gedeckt unit, a principal unit, and a Gemshorn unit. Here's how it plays out:
      Pedal: 16' Subbass, 8' Gedeckt, 4' Principal, 2' Gemshorn
      Manual I: 8' Gedeckt, 8' Gemshorn (shares the bottom octave with the Gedeckt) 4' Praestant, 2' Flute

      Manual II: 8' Gemshorn, 4' Gedeckt, 2' Principal, 1-1/3 Quinte

      The way it was originally conceived by Holtkamp, nothing would be shared more than once in a division, to avoid the pitfalls of over-unification. The amusing thing is that the organ was nicknamed the "Martini" in honor of the drink consumed by Holtkamp, Arthur Poister, Fenner Douglass, and Grigg Fountain when the design was being worked out.
      The Subbass becomes a Gedeckt after the first two octaves, then morphs into a Rohrflute for the middle register, and finishes as an open flute . The Gemshorn shares its bottom octave with the Gedeckt to save space and money, as treble pipes are less expensive, so the Gemshorn gets extended upwards, rather than down.

      In my church, it's pretty successful. There is no cushioning, except for a small bit of carpet around the Altar. The organ is located in the rear at the balcony level, speaking down the central axis of the room. All surfaces are reflective. The Nave is a typical example of run-of-the-mill modified A-Frame architecture- not much to recommend it, but it does have a lot of vertical space. It's pretty versatile as well. I have found that when you only have a few stops to play with, it's harder to be creative with registration. I would find it easier with handfuls of stops, but I don't have 'em so I have to make do.

      This instrument was purchased in 1981 for around $15,000.00. A 40-stop Allen was purchased at around the same time by another Episcopal Church in town. Their cost? About $22,000.00. Ours has been extremely reliable, and has served us well, so I guess we made our point.