M. P. Rathke Opus 12 is featured on the cover of the December issue of The Diapason. The organ was built for Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage, Missouri, and comprises 24 stops, 21 ranks, and 1,182 pipes on two manuals and pedal. The church dates from 1869, with a distinguished tradition of liturgy and music, as well as a longtime focus on drama and the visual arts.
Opus 12 uses direct mechanical key action, apart from certain large bass pipes, and electric stop action with solid-state combination action. The pipework has eclectic origins. From the previous instrument Rathke retained six choice ranks of 30% tin, crafted by Stinkens, the Dutch pipemaking firm. Several stops of pine, poplar, and oak were acquired from a church that was set to be demolished in a neighboring town. The remainder of Opus 12’s pipework is new.
For information: www.rathkepipeorgans.com
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