Gene Bedient delivered and assembled Opus 82 in the home of Elaine Mann in Chippewa Falls, WI, in early August. Elaine is organist for Grace Lutheran Church in Eau Claire, WI. Despite the residential size of the organ, Elaine’s friends had to be enlisted to help move the top portion of the organ into the front room where it was installed on the lower case.
Opus 82 is a new variation of our popular Lincoln model organ and is designed to fit through a 30” door so it can be easily moved, if necessary. The intent was to design and build a small, encased practice organ with sensitive, but not fragile suspended action. Like the Lincoln model, Opus 82 features two manuals and a pedal in this configuration: I–Rohrflute, II–Gedackt, Pedal–Manual II/Pedal
The instrument features red oak casework with blackwood keyboards offset by maple accidentals. The 30 note concave-radiating pedalboard has oak and maple pedals. An electric blower supplies wind to a small wedge bellows that is located in the top of the organ case.
Opus 82 continued…