Our Church has the pipes, parts and oak keyboard console for a huge pipe organ, that I believe used to be in a Church in Blue Island, Illinois. Quite a few voices are included. Approximately 1,000 pipes are included. The largest pipes are 16-foot voice and about 12 inches wide. Both metal and wood pipes are included. Console includes 2 keyboards and controls for about 30 voices, and it has a full pedalboard. Pretty good condition. Currently stored near Chicago. Make an offer.
I hope to see it go back into a Church some day! But even if not, I'm sure it will be a blessing for someone.
I am a Pastor of a very small Church, which will clearly never need such a large instrument, and actually will never have enough space for it! Proceeds from the sale of this instrument will benefit our Church [called A Christ Walk Church].
Some information: The console has stops for: Pedal 16 Bourdon 16 Lieblich Gedeckt Swell 16 Bourdon 4 Flute A'amour 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Viole D'orch 8 Dolce 8 Oboe 8 Vox Humana Great 8 Dulciana 8 Gedeckt 8 Open Diapason 4 Flute Chimes 32 note pedalboard, 61 note great and 61 note swell keyboards. Numerous stops which switch and/or combine voices from keyboards and pedalboard to others, are also present.Not all of the pipes for all of these stops are present. Approximately 1,000 pipes exist for it, most of which are in complete or nearly complete sets, although individual pipes may need to be fabricated for some voices. I have NO chimes equipment, so that mechanism would have to entirely be created if that voice is desired.
The Oak console is in generally good shape, but it might need refinishing and minor repairs. Such repairs would include re-attaching some of the ivories which have loosened from a few of the keys during the years of storage.
It is my understanding that the organ system was created by local craftsmen for a Church in Blue Island, Illinois. I do not know how long it was in service there, but it was apparently removed and replaced by an even bigger system about in the early 1960s. At that time, I bought it for future use in a Church which later turned out not to need such a large instrument, so it has been in storage for the intervening 30 years. This extended storage is the reason for the need for the necessary minor repair.
We do NOT have the air boxes that the pipes set on, but they are rather straightforward and simple to built to suit.
It seems to me that I paid several thousand $ in the middle 1960s for all the parts. I think that all the parts are still present, but over the years, some small parts may have become misplaced.
I hope that this information is of help, and that someone would be able to use this wonderful device. It has seemed sad to me that such an instrument has lain unused for so many years.
With modern Church Pipe Organs costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, we realize that many Churches have chosen to use electronic organs. But they just don't sound the same. It is our hope that some Church or someone else would find these parts to be worth $10K. I suspect that they are worth far more than that.
If you have interest, please contact me by e-mail.
A Christ Walk Church