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Yaarab Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. / Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

OHS Database ID 8171.

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Awards

This organ was presented Historic Pipe Organ Award number 414 on 2013-07-02 and received the designation Landmark of American Organbuilding. An image of the award certificate may be seen here.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 6, 2013.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Four manuals. 42 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Horseshoe style console. The console is on a lift.

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1996. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Cost $42,000. In 5 chambers. 10-rank Etherial/string div. (Nelson shows 387 reg.). Console on lift, stage right. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • (Database Manager. November 4, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Ralph W. Daniel. -- The Etherial division is located in a chamber on the upper section of the right (north) organ grille, not at the back of the auditorium or above the proscenium, as many rumors would have it. (Database Manager. August 9, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from John Tanner. -- The 12 notes of the 32' Diaphones are installed in an area between the organ chambers and the interior walls of the auditorium. 6 pipes are installed on one side of the auditorium and 6 pipes on the other side. these pipes speak on 25" of wind. The 35 horsepower kinetic blower was replaced in the late 1980s with a new 70 horsepower Spencer Blower. Also a Baldwin player Grand piano was added in 1963. This piano was originally installed on the Kilgen organ in the Piccadily Theater, Chicago. (Database Manager. February 8, 2009)

Online Documents

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  • Factory Specifications. Chamber Analysis and Specifications. Author: M. P. Möller, Inc. Source: 8 1/2 x 11 typed. Document Date. April 26, 1926. Document received from Steven E. Lawson 2018-04-28.

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Bibliography

  • [Unattributed]. "Cover Photo," The Tracker (Vol. 57, No. 4 [Fall 2013]). [Photograph on cover; caption on page 5]

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    Stage and Console. Photograph by Christopher J. Ha
    Right Organ Grille. Photograph by Christopher J. Ha
    Left Organ Grille. Photograph by Christopher J. Ha
    Console. Photograph by Luke Staisiunas
    Console. Photograph by Christopher J. Ha

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    • Typed Specification. Source: from Factory Specification (April 26, 1929)
      Atlanta, Georgia
      Yaarab Temple A.C.O.N.M.S. / Fox Theatre
      
      M. P. Möller, Inc.   Opus 5566   1929                     4 manuals, 42 ranks
      __________________________________________________________________________________________________
      
                       LEFT SECTION                                     RIGHT SECTION
                    CHAMBER "A" (lower)                              CHAMBER "C" (upper)
            8' Chimney Flute           85 pipes              8' Stentorphone            73 pipes
            8' Solo Violins III       255 pipes             16' Tibia Plena             85 pipes
            8' Clarinet                73 pipes             16' Bourdon                 97 pipes
            8' Orchestral Oboe         73 pipes             16' Violoncello             97 pipes
            8' Kinura                  73 pipes              8' Violoncello Celeste     80 pipes
            8' Minor Vox Humana        73 pipes             16' Harmonic Tuba           85 pipes
               All Drums and Traps *                         8' Saxaphone               73 pipes
               Bass Drums I & II, Small Cymbals              8' English Horn            73 pipes
               I & II, Castanets I & II, Triangles           4' Harp                    61 bars
               I & II, Tambourines I & II, Sleigh               Xylophone               49 bars
               Bells, Slap Sticks I & II, Wind
               Effect I & II, Aeroplane Effect,                      CHAMBER "D" (lower)
               Thunder Storm, Steamboat Whistle,             8' Solo Tibia Clausa       85 pipes
               Locomotive Whistle, Snare Drums               8' Gemshorn                73 pipes
               I & II, Chinese Block I & II,                 8' Gemshorn Celeste        73 pipes
               Chinese Gongs I & II, Sirens I &              8' Orchestral Violins III 255 pipes
               II, Song Birds I & II, Ford Horn,             8' French Horn             73 pipes
               Auto Horn, Door Bell, Chinese                 8' Mezzo Vox Humana        73 pipes
               Crash Cymbals I & II, Fire Gong,                 Chrysoglott             37 bars
               Locomotive Bell, Ding Dongs I & II,
               Shuffle
                                                        
                    CHAMBER "B" (upper)                                ETHERIAL SECTION
           16' Diaphonic Diapason      85 pipes                    CHAMBER "E" (duplex chest)
           16' Tibia Clausa            97 pipes              8' Open Diapason           73 pipes
           16' Viola                   97 pipes              8' Dulciana                73 pipes
            8' Gamba                   85 pipes              8' Stopped Diapason        73 pipes
            8' Gamba Celeste           85 pipes              4' Flute Harmonic          73 pipes
           16' Solo Post Horn          85 pipes              8' Salicional              73 pipes
            8' Post Horn               73 pipes              8' Vox Celeste (t.c)       61 pipes
            8' French Trumpet          73 pipes              8' Small Trumpet           73 pipes
               Marimba                 49 bars               8' Oboe                    73 pipes
               Orchestral Bells        37 bars               8' Vox Humana              61 pipes
               Chimes                  25 tubes             16' Bourdon                 44 pipes
      
           32' Diaphone                12 pipes
                 (unenclosed; added 1985)
      
      
               PEDAL                           GREAT                           SOLO
           32' Acoustic Bass               16' Tibia Clausa                16' Tibia Clausa
           16' Diaphone                    16' Diaphone                    16' Bourdon
           16' Tibia Plena                 16' Bourdon                     16' String Bass 4 Rks
           16' Tibia Clausa                16' String Bass                 16' Tuba
           16' Bourdon                     16' Bass Viole                  16' Bass Saxaphone (TenC)
           16' String Bass                 16' Gamba (TenC)                16' Vox Humanas 2 Rks
           16' Bass Viole                  16' Gamba Celeste (TenC)        16' Bass Clarinet
           16' Tuba                        16' Tuba                        16' Bass Kinura
           16' Solo Post Horn              16' Saxophone (TenC)             8' Diaphonic Diapason
            8' Diaphonic Diapason          16' Clarinet (TenC)              8' Stentorphone
            8' Stentorphone                16' Mezzo Vox Humana (TenC)      8' Tibia Plena
            8' Flute                       16' Vox Humana                   8' Solo Tibia Clausa
            8' Tibia Plena                  8' Diaphonic Diapason           8' Tibia Clausa
            8' Solo Tibia Clausa            8' Stentorphone                 8' Concert Flute
            8' Gambas 2 rks                 8' Solo Tibia Clausa            8' Chimney Flute
            8' Violoncellos 2 Rks           8' Tibia Plena                  8' Gemshorn
            8' Solo Violins 3 Rks           8' Tibia Clausa                 8' Gemshorn Celeste
            8' Clarinet                     8' Concert Flute                8' Gamba
            8' English Horn                 8' Chimney Flute                8' Gamba Celeste
            8' Tuba                         8' Gemshorn                     8' Violoncellos 2 Rks
            4' Tibia Clausa 2 Rks           8' Gemshorn Celeste             8' Solo Violins 3 Rks
            4' Gambas                       8' Gamba                        8' Orch. Violins 3 Rks
            4' English Horn                 8' Gamba Celeste                8' Tuba Harmonic
            4' Solo Violins 3 Rks           8' Violoncellos 2 Rks           8' Solo Post Horn
            4' Tuba                         8' Viola                        8' Post Horn
                                            8' Solo Violins 3 Rks           8' French Trumpet
               PEDAL 2ND TOUCH              8' Orch. Violins 3 Rks          8' Saxaphone
           16' Diaphone                     8' Tuba Harmonic                8' French Horn
           16' Solo Post Horn               8' Solo Post Horn               8' English Horn
            8' Tuba                         8' Post Horn                    8' Orchestral Oboe
               Chimes                       8' French Trumpet               8' Clarinet
               First Bass Drum              8' Saxaphone                    8' Kinura
               Second Bass Drum             8' French Horn                  8' Mezzo Vox Humana
               First Cymbal                 8' English Horn                 8' Minor Vox Humana
               Second Cymbal                8' Orchestral Oboe              4' Solo Tibia Clausa
               Kettle Drum                  8' Clarinet                     4' Tibia Clausa
               Snare Drum                   8' Kinura                       4' Tibia Plena
               Persian Cymbals              8' Mezzo Vox Humana             4' Concert Flute
               Chinese Gongs                8' Minor Vox Humana             4' Chimney Flute
                                            4' Stentorphone                 4' Gamba
               ACCOMPANIMENT                4' Solo Tibia Clausa            4' Gamba Celeste
           16' Bourdon                      4' Tibia Clausa                 4' Solo Violins 2 Rks
           16' String Bass                  4' Concert Flute                4' Orch. Violins 2 Rks
            8' Diaphonic Diapason           4' Chimney Flute                4' Violoncellos 2 Rks
            8' Stentorphone                 4' Gambas 2 Rks                 4' French Horn
            8' Solo Tibia Clausa            4' Solo Violins 3 Rks           4' Kinura
            8' Tibia Clausa                 4' Orchestral Violins           4' Mezzo Vox Humana
            8' Concert Flute                4' Solo Post Horn               4' Minor Vox Humana
            8' Chimney Flute                4' French Trumpet               4' Clarinet
            8' Gamba                        4' French Horn              2 2/3' Solo Tibia Clausa
            8' Gamba Celeste                4' Clarinet                 2 2/3' Solo Violins 3 Rks
            8' Gemshorn                     4' Kinura                       2' Solo Tibia Clausa
            8' Gemshorn Celeste             4' Mezzo Vox Humana             2' Concert Flute
            8' Violoncellos 2 Rks           4' Minor Vox Humana             2' Solo Violins 3 Rks
            8' Viola                    2 2/3' Tibia Clausa             1 1/7' Solo Tibia Clausa
            8' Solo Violins 3 Rks       2 2/3' Nazard                       1' Solo Tibia Clausa
            8' Orch. Violins 3 Rks      2 2/3' Violoncellos 2 Rks           1' Solo Violins 3 Rks
            8' Tuba                         2' Tibia Clausa                (4')Harp
            8' Saxaphone                    2' Concert Flute               (8')Harp
            8' French Horn                  2' Solo Violins 3 Rks          (4')Xylophone
            8' English Horn             1 3/5' Tierce                      (2')Octave Xylophone
            8' Orchestral Oboe             (4')Harp                            Orchestral Bells (Repeat)
            8' Clarinet                    (8')Harp                            Glockenspiel (Single)
            8' Kinura                      (4')Xylophone                       Marimba (Repeat)
            8' Mezzo Vox Humana            (2')Octave Xylophone                Marimbaphone (Single)
            8' Minor Vox Humana                Orchestral Bells (Repeat)       Chrysoglott
            4' Tibia Clausa                    Glockenspiel (Single)           Chimes
            4' Concert Flute                   Marimba (Repeat)
            4' Violoncello                     Marimbaphone (Single)           BOMBARDE
            4' Viola                           Chrysoglott                 16' Diaphone
            4' Solo Violins 3 Rks              Chimes                      16' Brass Ensemble 5 Rks
            4' French Horn                  ***** Etherial Section *****   16' Flute Ensemble 2 Rks
            4' Mezzo Vox Humana             8' Open Diapason               16' Strings 2 Rks (TenC)
        2 2/3' Violoncello                  8' Dulciana                    16' Wood Wind Ens. 6 Rks (TC)
            2' Concert Flute                8' Stopped Diapason             8' Diapasons 3 Rks
            2' Violoncello                  8' Salicional                   8' Tibia Ensemble 3 Rks
            2' Viola                        8' Vox Celeste (TenC)           8' String Ensemble 8 Rks
        1 3/5' Viola                        4' Flute Harmonic               8' Brass Ensemble 6 Rks
           (4')Harp                         8' Small Trumpet                8' Wood Wind Ens. 7 Rks
           (8')Harp                         8' Oboe                            Vox Humana Chorus 7 Rks
           (4')Xylophone                    8' Vox Humana                   4' Tibia Ensemble 3 Rks
           (2')Octave Xylophone                                             4' Violins Ensemble 11 Rks
               Orchestral Bells (Repeat)       GREAT 2ND TOUCH              4' Wood Wind Ens. 6 Rks
               Marimba (Repeat)            16' Diaphone                     2' Tibias 2 Rks
               Marimbaphone (Single)       16' Tuba                         1' Fifes 3 Rks
               Chrysoglott                 16' Gamba (TenC)                (4')Xylophone
               Chimes                      16' Gamba Celeste (TenC)            Marimba (Repeat)
               First Snare Drum (Roll)     16' Solo Post Horn                  Marimbaphone (Single)
               First Snare Drum (Tap)       8' Diaphonic Diapason              Orchestral Bells (Repeat)
               Second Snare Drum (Roll)     8' Tibia Plena                     Glockenspiel (Single)
               Second Snare Drum (Tap)      8' Solo Tibia Clausa               Chrysoglott (Single)
               Muffled Drum (Roll)          8' Gamba                           Chimes
               Tom Tom                      8' Gamba Celeste                   First Snare Drum (Roll)
               Shuffle                      8' Post Horns 2 Rks                First Snare Drum (Tap)
               Chinese Blocks (Roll)           Glockenspiel (Single)           Second Snare Drum (Roll)
               Chinese Blocks (Tap)            Snare Drums (Roll)              Second Snare Drum (Tap)
               Tambourines                     Solo to Great 8'                Muffled Drum (Roll)
               Castanets                       Solo to Great 4'                Tom Tom
                                                                               Shuffle
               ACCOMPANIMENT 2ND TOUCH                                         Chinese Blocks (Roll)
            8' Diaphonic Diapason                                              Chinese Blocks (Tap)
            8' Tibia Plena                                                     Tambourine
            8' Solo Tibia Clausa                                               Castanets
            8' Gamba                                                        ***** Etherial Section *****
            8' Gamba Celeste                                                8' Open Diapason
            8' Solo Violins 3 Rks                                           8' Dulciana
            8' Orch. Violins 3 Rks                                          8' Stopped Diapason
            8' Tuba                                                         8' Salicional
            8' English Horn                                                 8' Vox Celeste (TenC)
            8' Saxaphone                                                    4' Flute Harmonic
            8' French Horn                                                  8' Small Trumpet
            8' Clarinet                                                     8' Oboe
               Glockenspiel (Single)                                        8' Vox Humana
               Chimes
               Snare Drum (Roll)
               Triangles
               Song Birds
               Solo to Accomp. 8'
               Solo to Accomp. 4'
      
      
               COUPLERS                                          EFFECTS     
               Bombarde 4'                     Song Birds I (4 Birds)          Triangle
               Bombarde 2'                     Song Birds II (4 Birds)         Persian Cymbals
               Solo 4'                         Siren I (Megaphone)             Chinese Gongs
               Solo 16'                        Siren II (Megaphone)            Grand Crash
               Great 4'                        Ford Horn                       Cymbals (Small)
               Solo to Great 16'               Door Bell                       Grand Cymbals
               Accompaniment 4'                Slap Sticks                     Sleigh Bells
               Accomp. to Great 8'             Steamboat Whistle               Wind Effect
               Solo to Great 8'                Auto Horn                       Storm (Thunder Roll)
               Solo to Accomp. 8'              Fire Gong                       Thunder Crash
               Bombarde to Great 8'            Locomotive Bell                 Chime Peal
               Solo to Pedal 8'                Locomotive Whistle              Ding Dong I
               Bombarde to Pedal 8'            Aeroplane Effect                Ding Dong II
               Great to Pedal 8'
               Accomp. to Pedal 8'                             ACCESSORIES
               Pedal Octaves                   Locking slides to select Expression Pedals
                                               Sforzando Piston under Great Manual
               TRICK COUPLERS                  Trap Cancel Piston
               Great to Solo 4 4/7'            Vibrato Cancel Piston
               Great to Solo 5 1/3'            Coupler Cancel Piston
               Great to Solo 6 2/5'            2nd Touch Cancel Piston
                                               Drum Pistons ("On" and "Off")
               TREMOLOS (VIBRATOS)             Electric Piston for Operator's Booth
               Orchestral A                    Electric Piston for Attendant
               Orchestral B                    Red Light for Crescendo
               Orchestral C                    National Light for Generator Test
               Orchestral D                    Red & White Disk Indictors for Expression Pedals
               Orchestral E                    Yellow Light for Harp Dampers when "On"
               Foundation B                    Purple Light for Chime Dampers when "On"
               Foundation C                    Voltmeter
               Foundation D                    
               Foundation E                                      PEDALS
                                               Lever for Chimes Dampers (reversible)
               ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS         Lever for Harp Dampers (reversible)
               6 Bombarde & Ethereal *         Sforzando Level (reversible)
               6 Solo                *         Balanced Expression Pedal I
               6 Great & Ethereal    *         Balanced Expression Pedal II
               6 Accompaniment       *         Balanced Expression Pedal III (concaved smooth raw wood)
               6 Pedal                         Balanced Expression Pedal IV
               6 Entire Organ                  Balanced Expression Pedal V (Ethereal Organ)
               * 2nd Touch affects Pedal       Crescendo Pedal (cancels percussions & tremolos)
                                               Balanced Mater Expression Pedal
      
      
      [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-07-20]
      
      
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