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Minneapolis Auditorium
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota

OHS Database ID 9136.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 43, 1987-10-27.


Status and Condition

The organ has been removed from this location and is currently in storage.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 7, 2014.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

102 stops. 130 registers. 123 ranks. 7884 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The console is movable.

Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system. Concave radiating pedalboard.

Notes

  • Two consoles: 5m drawknob (classic) and 4m horseshoe (theatre). Repaired by Moller c. 1957. Removed 1989 for renovation and reinstallation in new building. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information from Scot Huntington: "The organ was removed to storage some years ago, and the money for restoration disappeared. At present, the organ's future is dark, with no current plans for its reinstallation." (James Cook. September 26, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Richard C Greene. -- This organ is actually two organs, a V/122 concert organ and a IV/24 unit theatre organ. Addition of two mixture stops by M.P. Möller in 1957. When the auditorium was demolished in 1987, plans called for the instrument to be reinstalled in the new convention center. However, the project failed due to financial problems and was never finished. The organ remains in situ in its chambers at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The organ was dedicated by Lynnwood Farnam and Eddy Dunsteader (Database Manager. October 5, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Edward Copeland. -- This organ has 2 consoles, one 5 manual drawknob, with 157 speaking stops controlling 123 ranks, and one 4 manual horseshoe console with 256 stops sharing 23 of the concert organs ranks, but also the *' Kinura which only played from the horseshoe console. Pistons were also provided to cancel the swell shades on the "other" console; thus if someone left them open on the horse shoe you could cancel them from the concert console, or vice versa. Originally the 2 consoles were mounted on lifts in the center of the orchestra pit, but during a 1965 remodeling of the building they were relocated to the sides (5 manual under the great on the left side, and the 4 was put under the swell on the right. The consoles were then mounted on slides, like Radio City Music Hall. (Database Manager. April 12, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from Lawrence Lee. (Database Manager. February 7, 2014)

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Console. Image from a brochure; provided by Ronald S. Crowl 1971-05-14

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  • Typed Specification. Source: "Minneapolis Works to Keep a Vital Organ Alive" by David P. Engen
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Minneapolis Auditorium
    
    W. W. Kimball Co.   K.P.O. 7030   1928           4 manuals, 102 stops, 123 ranks
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                               DRAW KNOB CONSOLE (5 manuals)
    
             GREAT ORGAN (II)                        SWELL ORGAN (III)
         16' Double Open Diapason      73*       16' Contra Viola Diapason     73
         16' Bourdon                   73        16' Lieblich Gedeckt          73
          8' First Open Diapason       73*        8' Diapason                  73
          8' Second Open Diapason      73*        8' Violin Diapason           73
          8' Third Open Diapason       73         8' Clarabella                73
          8' Fourth Open Diapason      73         8' Spitz Flute               73
          8' Melophone                 73         8' Spitz Flute Celeste       73
          8' Viola                     73         8' Viola da Gamba            73
          8' Doppel Flute              73         8' Gamba Celeste             73
          8' Gemshorn                  73         8' Salicional                73
          8' Gemshorn Celeste          73         8' Vox Celeste               73
          4' First Octave              73*        8' Dulcet II                146
          4' Second Octave             73*        8' Harmonic Flute            73
          4' Third Octave              73         8' Stopped Flute             73
          4' Hohl Flute                73         4' Octave                    73
      2 2/3' Twelfth                   61         4' Violina                   73
          2' Fifteenth                 61         4' Celestina II             146
      1 3/5' Seventeenth               61         4' Harmonic Flute            73
      1 1/3' Nineteenth                61         2' Harmonic Flute            61
      1 1/7' Septieme                  61         4' Dolce Cornet IV          244
          1' Twenty-Second             61            Mixture V                305
             Rauschquinte II          122*       16' Double Trumpet            73
             Mixture V                305*        8' French Trumpet            73
             Cymbel III               183*        8' Cornopean                 73
         16' Double Trombone           73         8' Oboe                      73
          8' Trumpet                   73         8' Vox Humana                73
          8' Tromba                    73         4' Clarion                   73
          4' Clarion                   73         8' Harp (Ch)
          8' Marimba                              4' Celesta (Ch)
          8' Harp (Ch)                               Tremolo
          8' Chimes                                  Swell to Swell 16
             Tremolo                                 Swell to Swell 4
             Reed Tremolo
             * unenclosed                            BOMBARDE ORGAN (V)
                                                 16' Bombarde                  73
             CHOIR ORGAN (I)                      8' Tuba Magna                73
         16' Contra Viola              73         8' Tuba                      73
          8' English Diapason          73         4' Clarion                   73
          8' Geigen Diapason           73            Mixture V (cornet)       305
          8' Viola                     73        16' Piano
          8' Concert Flute             73         8' Piano
          8' Forest Flute              73         4' Piano
          8' Flute Celeste             73         8' Marimba (Gt)
          8' Muted Violin              73         8' Marimba Harp (Gt)
          8' Unda Maris                73         8' Harp (Ch)
          4' Prestant                  73         4' Celesta (Ch)
          4' Flauto Traverso           73         4' Xylophone (Ch)
      2 2/3' Nazard                    61         2' Glockenspiel (Ch)
          2' Piccolo                   61         2' Orchestral Bells (Ch)
      1 3/5' Tierce                    61         8' Chimes (Gt)        
         16' Bassoon                   73
          8' Tuba Horn                 73            PEDAL ORGAN
          8' English Horn              73        32' Gravissima                --
          8' Clarinet                  73        32' Double Open Diapason      56
          8' Piano                               32' Contra Violone            56
          8' Harp                                16' Diaphone                  68
             Tremolo                             16' Open Diapason (fr. 32')   --
             Choir to Choir 16                   16' Second Open Diapason (Gt) --
             Choir to Choir 4                    16' Violin Diapason (Ch)      --
                                                 16' First Bourdon             44
             SOLO ORGAN (IV)                     16' Second Bourdon (Gt Bdn)   --
          8' Diapason Stentor          73        16' Violone (fr. 32')         --
          8' Tibia Clausa              73        16' Gedeckt (Sw)              --
          8' Gross Gamba               73        16' Viola (Ch)                --
          8' Gross Gamba Celeste       73    10 2/3' Quinte (fr. Diaphn)       --
          8' Viole d'Orchestre         73         8' Diaphonic Diapason (16')  --
          8' Violes Celeste II        146         8' Octave (fr. 32' DOD)      --
          8' Hohl Flute                73         8' Stopped Flute (1st Bdn)   --
          4' Octave                    73         8' Flute (Gt Bdn)            --
          4' Solo Flute                73         8' Gedeckt (Sw)              --
         16' Tuba Profunda             73         8' Cello (fr. Violone)       --
          8' Tuba Mirabilis            73         8' Viole d'Orchestre (So)    --
          8' Tuba Sonora               73     5 1/3' Twelfth (fr. Diaphn)      --
          8' Post Horn                 73         4' Super Octave (fr. Diaphn) --
          8' French Horn               73         4' Octave Flute (Gt Bdn)     --
          8' Saxophone                 73     3 1/5' Tierce (Gt Bdn)           --
          8' Musette                   73         2' Twenty-Second (Diap)      --
          8' Orchestral Oboe           73        32' Contra Bombarde           68
          8' Solo Vox Humana           73        16' Bombarde (fr. 32')        --
          4' Clarion                   73        16' Trombone (Sw)             --
          8' Harp (Ch)                           16' Ophicleide (Gt)           --
          8' Chimes (Gt)                         16' Tuba (So)                 --
             Tremolo                             16' Bassoon (Ch)              --
             Tibia Tremolo                        8' Clarion (fr. 32')         --
             Vox Tremolo                          4' Octave Clarion (fr. 32')  --
             Solo to Solo 16                     16' Piano
             Solo to Solo 4                       8' Piano
                                                  8' Chimes (Gt)
    
             COMBINATION PISTONS                     COUPLERS
             Great       1-10, C  (thumb)            Great to Pedal            8
             Swell       1-10, C  (thumb)            Swell to Pedal            8  4
             Choir       1-10, C  (thumb)            Choir to Pedal            8
             Solo        1-10, C  (thumb)            Solo to Pedal             8  4
             Bombarde     1-5, C  (thumb)            Bombarde to Pedal         8
             Pedal       1-10     (toe)              Swell to Great        16  8  4
             Universal   1-12, C  (thumb)            Choir to Great        16  8  4
             Coupler Cancel       (thumb)            Solo to Great         16  8  4
             Set                  (thumb)            Bombarde to Great         8
                                                     Choir to Swell            8
             REVERSIBLES                             Solo to Swell         16  8  4
             Great to Pedal       (toe)              Swell to Choir        16  8  4
             Swell to Pedal       (toe)              Solo to Choir             8
             Choir to Pedal       (toe)              Great to Solo             8
             Solo to Pedal        (toe)              Swell to Solo         16  8  4
             Swell to Great       (thumb)            Choir Unison              (on-off)
             Solo to Great        (thumb)            Swell Unison              (on-off)
             Pedal Separation     (tablet)           Solo Unison               (on-off)
                                                     Couplers to Combinations  (on-off)
                                                     
             REVERSIBLES (with Indicator Lights)     EXPRESSION PEDALS
             Tremolo Cancel       (thumb)            Bombarde
             Piano Soft           (toe lever)        Choir
             Chimes Soft          (toe lever)        Swell
             All Swells to Great  (toe lever)        Solo
             Mezzo Organ          (toe lever)        Great (Master)
             Celesta Sustain      (toe lever)        Crescendo (with indicator light)
             Sforzando            (thumb & toe lever)
    
    
                                THEATRE CONSOLE (4 manuals)
    
             PEDAL                          ORCHESTRAL (II)                SOLO (III)
         32' Diaphone (resultant)       16' Tuba                       16' Diaphone
         16' Diaphone                   16' Contra Tibia Clausa        16' Tuba
         16' Tuba                       16' Post Horn                  16' Contra Tibia Clausa
         16' Contra Tibia Clausa        16' Diaphonic Diapason (t.c)   16' Post Horn
         16' Post Horn                  16' Bass Viole I (t.c)         16' Bass Viols III (t.c)
         16' Diapason                   16' Bass Viole II (t.c)        16' Contre Viole (t.c)
         16' Bourdon                    16' Contre Viole (t.c)         16' Bourdon
         16' Bassoon                    16' Bourdon                    16' Bassoon (t.c)
          8' Trumpet                    16' Bassoon (t.c)              16' Bass Clarinet (t.c)
          8' Diapason Phonon            16' Bass Clarinet (t.c)        16' Double English Horn (t.c)
          8' Tuba                       16' Vox Humana (t.c)           16' Vox Humana (t.c)
          8' Tibia Clausa                8' Trumpet                    16' Kinura (t.c)
          8' Post Horn                   8' Diaphonic Diapason          8' Trumpet
          8' Octave                      8' Tuba                        8' Diaphonic Diapason
          8' Cellos III                  8' Tibia Clausa                8' Tuba
          8' Violin                      8' Post Horn                   8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Tibia Minor                 8' Horn Diapason               8' Post Horn
          8' Oboe Horn                   8' Saxophone                   8' Saxophone
          8' Clarinet                    8' Violoncello                 8' Cellos III
          8' Flute                       8' Violins II                  8' Tibia Minor
          4' Cornet                      8' Violin                      8' Oboe Horn
          4' Violins III                 8' Tibia Minor                 8' Clarinet
          4' Flute                       8' Oboe Horn                   8' English Horn
         16' Piano                       8' Clarinet                    8' Vox Humana
          8' Piano                       8' English Horn                8' Kinura
             Bass Drum (Band)            8' Oboe                        8' Open Flute
             Cymbal                      8' Vox Humana                  8' Muted Violins II
             Bass Drum (Orch.)           8' Kinura                      4' Octave
             Snare Drum Roll             8' Open Flute                  4' Cornet
          8' Accomp. (to Pedal)          8' Muted Violins II            4' Tibia Flute
          8' Orchestral (to Pedal)       4' Cornet                      4' Violins III
                                         4' Tibia Flute                 4' Octave Violin
             PEDAL 2ND TOUCH             4' Octave                      4' Flute d'Amour
         32' Diaphone                    4' Octave Viola                4' Vox Humana
          8' Chimes                      4' Violins II                  4' Forest Flute
          8' Chinese Gong                4' Octave Violin               4' Muted Violins II
             Persian Cymbal              4' Flute d'Amour           2 2/3' Nazard
             Bass Drum (Band)            4' Octave Oboe                 2' Tibia Piccolo
             Cymbal                      4' Clarinet                    2' Piccolo
             Tympani                     4' Forest Flute            1 3/5' Tierce
                                         4' Muted Violins II            4' Xylophone
             ACCOMPANIMENT (I)       2 2/3' Nazard                      2' Glockenspiel
         16' Contre Viole (t.c)          2' Super Octave                8' Percussion (to Solo)
         16' Bourdon (t.c)               2' Viole Fifteenth
          8' Trumpet                     2' Flautino                       PERCUSSION (IV)
          8' Diaphonic Diapason          2' Piccolo                    16' Post Horn
          8' Tuba                    1 3/5' Tierce                      8' Trumpet
          8' Tibia Clausa               16' Piano                       8' Tibia Clausa
          8' Horn Diapason               8' Piano                       8' Saxophone
          8' Violoncello                 4' Piano                       8' English Horn
          8' Violins II                  8' Harp                        8' Vox Humana
          8' Violin                      4' Harp                        8' Kinura
          8' Tibia Minor                 8' Marimba                     4' Tibia Flute
          8' Oboe Horn                   4' Marimba                     4' Tibia Piccolo
          8' Clarinet                    4' Xylophone                   8' Piano
          8' English Horn                2' Xylophone                   4' Piano
          8' Vox Humana                  8' Celesta                     8' Harp
          8' Open Flute                  2' Glockenspiel                4' Harp
          8' Muted Violins II            2' Orchestral Bells            8' Marimba
          4' Cornet                         Snare Drump Tap             4' Marimba
          4' Tibia Flute                 8' Solo (to Orch.)             4' Xylophone
          4' Octave                  6 2/5' Solo (to Orch.)             8' Celesta
          4' Octave Viola            5 1/3' Solo (to Orch.)             2' Glockenspiel
          4' Flute d'Amour           4 3/5' Solo (to Orch.)             2' Orchestral Bells
          4' Octave Oboe                 4' Solo (to Orch.)             8' Chimes
          4' Vox Humana II
          4' Forest Flute                   ORCHESTRAL 2ND TOUCH           COMBINATIONS
          4' Muted Violins II           16' Diaphone                       Orchestral     1-10, C *
      2 2/3' Nazard                     16' Tuba                           Accompaniment  1-10, C *
          2' Violin Fifteenth           16' Contra Tibia Clausa            Solo           1-10, C *
          2' Piccolo                    16' Post Horn                      Percussion     1-10, C *
         16' Piano                      16' Double English Horn            Pedal (toe)    1-10
          8' Piano                       8' Trumpet                        Universal       1-7, C
          4' Piano                       8' Diaphone                       * 2nd touch adds Pedal
          8' Harp                        8' Tibia Clausa
          4' Harp                        2' Glockenspiel                   VIBRATOS
          4' Xylophone                   8' Chimes                         Foundation
          8' Marimba                        Snare Drum Roll                Brass
          4' Marimba                     8' Solo (to Orch.)                Woodwind
          8' Celesta                                                       String
             Snare Drum Roll                PISTONS                        Tibia
             Snare Drum Tap                 Bird 1                         Tuba
             Muffled Drum                   Bird 2                         Vox
             Chinese Gong Roll              Sleigh Bells 1
             Chinese Block Tap              Sleigh Bells 2                 GENERAL
             Tom Tom                        Siren                          Drums On
             Castantets                     Fire Gong                      Traps Cancel
             Tambourine                     Factory Gong                   Vibrato Cancel
             Shuffle                        Auto Horn                      Expression Cancel*
          8' Orchestral (to Accomp.)        Door Bell                      Tremolo Cancel*
                                            Telephone Bell                 Triangle Toe Stud
             ACCOMPANIMENT 2ND TOUCH        Locomotive Whistle             Glass Crash Toe Stud
          8' Tuba                           Steamboat Whistle              Bird Call Toe Stud
          8' Tibia Clausa                   Surf                           * with indicator light
          8' Post Horn                      Aeroplane
          8' Cellos III                                                    EXPRESSION
          8' Oboe Horn                      TOE LEVERS                     Expression Pedal 1
          8' Clarinet                       Chinese Gong Roll 1st touch    Expression Pedal 2
          4' Tibia Flute                    Chinese Gong Stroke 2nd touch  Expression Pedal 3
          2' Glockenspiel                   Perc. Cymbal Roll 1st touch    Expression Pedal 4 (Master)
          8' Chimes                         Perc. Cymbal Stroke 2nd touch  Crescendo Pedal (w/ind. light)
             Snare Drum Roll                Thunder Soft Roll
             Chinese Block Roll             Thunder Crash                  Cresc. & Sforz. on Orch. on-off
             Triangle                       Grand Crash                    Cresc. & Sforz. on Accomp. on-off
             Bird                                                          Cresc. & Sforz. on Solo on-off
          8' Solo (to Accomp.)              REVERSIBLE TOE LEVERS          Cresc. & Sforz. on Perc. on-off
          4' Solo (to Accomp.)                with indicator lights:
                                            Celesta Sustain
                                            Muffled Drum
                                            Piano Soft 
                                            Chimes Sustain
                                            Chimes Soft
                                            Master Pedal Lock
                                            Sforzando
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2018-06-05]
    
    
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