By 1914, Wicks had perfected their electric action. Named DIRECT-ELECTRICÂ® 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-ELECTRICÂ®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-ELECTRICÂ®Action was patented in 1922, and again in 1929, based on improvements.
The 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-ELECTRICÂ® 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-ELECTRICÂ® action, the Wicks opus list grew to over 1000.