Neal Wood Residence - 2/6 Wicks
Organ installation timeframe: 1967 - 1978
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The Grey Goose (Beacon Hill) Wicks console in the Wood residence, c.1970s
Neal Wood's residence instrument was originally from Seattle's Grey Goose (later Beacon Hill) Theatre. It was a 2/6 Wicks organ (opus #539), install date unknown.
According to Neal, the organ was purchased from the theatre by Ted Webber of Port Angeles, Washington. It was set up in Mr. Webber's basement with only the main chest functioning - none of the toy counter operated. "His plan was to enclose the pipe area and install the shutters. The blower was also next to the pipes, and practically overpowered the sound of the pipes."
The instrument remained there until 1967, when it was purchased by Neal Wood and installed in his parent's Ballard area home. According to Neal, "the ranks were: flute, violin, vox humana, trumpet, and diapason. It had a full toy counter, including a Wurlitzer xylophone and glockenspiel. It had one additional rank of tibias which was added by Mr. Webber."
In 1978 the organ was purchased by Bert Lobberegt Jr. of Issaquah WA who installed it in his residence.