I would have guessed that the Austin at St. Vibiana went somewhere with all pipework intact.
Well, a local builder did include a Wangerin wood Flute Celeste in a four manual and it sounded good...much better than the one at the seminary.
While jogging this morning I was thinking about some of the horror stories of that Wangerin during the two years I played it...like the ciphering at the 75th Anniversary rededication of the Chapel with the Cardinal and numerous bishops there.* (Cardinal George is an organist and happens to like the sound of this instrument, at least I like to think it was when I played it!* One go at the console or chambers is enough to change anyone's mind.)* Or the relays that wouldn't "make" the first time so one had to play it a while--and the poor unaware seminarians who would come rushing in, flip it on, and start playing the processional hymn for Masses, with more notes missing than sounding!!* (The music director would start conducting violently and give them dirty looks;* I couldn't help but laugh.)**
The seminary had a long-abandoned 8 rank Kilgen in a meeting room that still worked pretty well, except for pipes vandalized over the years by seminarians.* That has been removed.
Also, there is a IV/20 theater organ in the Auditorium.* The console was Jesse Crawford's console at the Chicago Theater, while the one remaining at the Chicago Theater was the one played by his wife.* (So goes the legend.)* Wouldn't you know, the last time I played that for a convocation (complete with Cardinal and bishops) it had multiple ciphers before the program.* I was able to clear them by turning it off and on, making it through the convocation without a single honk or whistle.* The Brass Trumpet made a nice solo reed against the Great, just as a Tuba or en chamade would.* I was tempted to use the vorsetzer (on an old Baldwin L) to accompany the choir on the Psalm, obviating the need to climb off the console.
When I would return to the seminary there was one place I felt at home--at the 1924 Wangerin!!