A small bit of history behind the University Baptist Church’s Pipe Organ. I took this yesterday.
The first organ was a pedal‐pumped,
two‐manual reed instrument that sat
where the display pipes are now. It
proved inadequate for the sanctuary. In
1924 the Majestic Theater (now the
Paramount) purchased a new organ, and
the church bought the old one for
$1,000. This was a small electric pipe
From 1931 to 1937, Dr. C. P. Boner, a
physics professor at UT, with the assistance
of Robert Newman, added components
from three organs and parts from
all over that he bought, begged, or
swapped for. When completed, the organ
had 2,100 pipes and 80 stops.
By 1960 patches on the organ could no longer be patched, and Mr. Otto Hofmann of Austin was commissioned to build
a new organ. Many of the old pipes were used, but most were made especially for the church. When completed in
1963, the instrument had 2,945 pipes. From time to time, Mr. Hofmann has made improvements and repairs to the
organ. In 1986 he added 85 pipes of festival trumpets that play on all manuals and pedals.
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