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DIRECT-ELECTRIC® unit By 1914, Wicks had perfected their electric action. Named DIRECT-ELECTRIC® for the electrical connection directly from the key to the valve, this small device remedied all of the difficulties of the pneumatic actions. The DIRECT-ELECTRIC®units had only one moving part, no perishable materials, could be arranged in any fashion one could dream of, were easily serviceable, and could function under any given wind pressure. Their single moving part made their reaction time immediate. The DIRECT-ELECTRIC®Action was patented in 1922, and again in 1929, based on improvements.

Flying Wicks LogoThe organ world, unlike the fast-moving world of technology, was slow to grasp a new idea. There were some tough years for the Wicks as they began to use the DIRECT-ELECTRIC® action, but in hindsight, one can see the great opportunities this action brought to the company. In their first 13 years of building pneumatic and mechanical action instruments, the Wicks built 275 instruments. In the 15 years after inventing DIRECT-ELECTRIC® action, the Wicks opus list grew to over 1000.

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Recent News:
Dec 20
Wicks announces Holiday Break
May 2
"Party on the Pipes" visits Wicks
Apr 5
Guest AGO Members Treated to Opus 6436 Ready for Installation
Nov 9
Wicks announces Tom Briggs as management consultant
Oct 12
Organ Dedication, October 15th
Recent Installations & Rebuilds:
6434 First United Methodist Church, Hampton, Virginia
6430 St. Cecilia's Convent, Nashville, Tennesee
6428 First Methodist Church, Waxahachie, Texas
6427 Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville, PA
6426 Church of St. Gabriel, Cincinnati, Ohio