When the Allen organ at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Anniston, Alabama was greatly affected by a lightning strike to the church, they turned to Allen once again!
Mary Jones, Organist and Director of Music, stated she loves the sound of Allen organs, and the ability to have the voicing adjusted as she would like. She loves the feel of Allen consoles, the quality construction, the keyboards and everything feels different than that of other organ companies. She also stated that she loves all the various controls on the organ. This particular Designer Series RL-58 had some custom controls added. Being able to have the choir division and more 8' choices on the choir division playable from the front, where the cantor sometimes leads, is very helpful. The trumpets are also playable from the other side of the room as well as from the main organ.
The following is excerpted from a letter written by Assistant Organist Jack Thrasher to Allen Organ;
"The new organ maintained all the features of the older organ, plus it has newer upgrades custom-designed for the needs of our church. Without the expert design assistance and follow-up training from our dealer, we would not have the beautiful instrument that we now have. The mixture of sounds is phenomenal! The cabinetry appears to have been the work of a master craftsman. We could not have asked for anything better, and are extremely pleased and gratified to have this organ in our church!"
This organ installation is featured as an Allen Organ ad in the March 2014 edition of Pastoral Musicians magazine.
Photograph by Jim Sadie