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Geo. Kilgen and Sons Opus 7191 [Back to Library]

Producer: Organ Expressions
Builder: Kilgen and Sons
Country: United States
Manuals: 2
Pedalboard: No
Audio Ouput:
Date Built: 1922


Built in 1922 to lead the congregation in worship, this is a warm and expressive electro-pneumatic service instrument that began with two manuals and sixteen ranks. This Geo. Kilgen and Sons, Opus 7191 organ is located in Coffeyville, Kansas at the First United Methodist Church. In 1988 an organ builder from Kentucky updated the instrument with a solid state relay, new stand alone console, a three rank mixture and an 8' pedal trumpet rank. All other parts of the organ are original. This is now a two manual, 20 rank instrument.

Both the great and the swell organs are under expression. The pedal organ is unenclosed and placed between the two chambers. The congregation is blessed with an endowment that helps to keep this beauty in excellent shape and well maintained by Dan Kimes once every quarter. (That's Dan sitting in the choir loft in the picture. He was taking a break from tuning.)

The replacement console installed in 1988 has draw knobs and sets to the left of the choir loft. The original console was built into the facade and utilized stop tabs. It is unknown whether a combination action was originally present. We have chosen to include five divisional presets and five general presets for a total of 20 pistons.

The organ has been recorded note for note and virtually assembled in the same fashion with the ODF. We have added the 25 note chime samples, just for fun. Studio processing included seamless looping of each pipe sample (note by note), and critical noise reduction to reduce the rumble created by the blower. Natural releases of each note were recorded and included for the best possible realism.

24 bit, 48K samples, pipes recorded in Mid/Side stereo, chimes recorded in mono. The sample files require 1.2 gig of memory. The samples are recorded dry, additional reverberation is recommended for proper presentation

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