The Friendswood United Methodist Church is the home of a Custom Five-Manual Allen Pipe / Digital Combination Organ. Portions of the striking two-tone cherry-on-walnut organ console feature high-gloss finish. The instrument boasts 149 speaking stops spread over seven divisions. Much of the pipework is from a smaller M. P. Möller instrument that the church acquired.
"This combination Allen organ is remarkable, a blending of 2 instruments into one" said Rev. Terry Bebermeyer, Minister of Music at Friendswood UMC. "It enhances worship and supports congregational singing through the expertise of our organist and the flexibility of the instrument."
Lonnie W. Tanner, Organist at the Church said, "The installation has brought many new colors and sounds to our worship. The variety between reeds, brass, and strings combined with added features of handbells and celesta have added to the joy of leading hymns, bringing new interpretation to these 'wonderful words of life'".
The console also boasts tracker touch, keyboards featuring Ivora naturals and rosewood sharps, rosewood drawknob stems, rosewood pedal sharps, and maple overlays on tab stops. The Vista™ sound module further enhances the organ's capabilities.
The audio components are divided among three main chambers behind the working pipe façade, as well as a floating Echo division and Trompette DeFete that speak through separate audio in the ceiling of the church. "The expert digital voicing was amazing in that it matched and complimented the pipes adding the finishing touches to this cherished instrument!" concluded Rev. Bebermeyer.