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Austin Organ Co. (Opus 1548, 1928)

Location:

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 US
Main Building, Auditorium
Organ ID: 11930

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 77 ranks. 4,936 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 70 stops. 93 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 70
  • Registers: 93
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 14, 2016:

Updated through online information from Bernie Kunkel.
The original pipework is now restored to the organ, on original toe holes, with the exception of the missing Vox Humana. The organ is also missing the original Chime action (replaced by electric action), the Solo Marimba, the Bass Drum, the Snare Drum, and the Turkish and Crash Cymbal. The original rectifier is present but has been superseded.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 17, 2012:

Updated through online information from Alex Smith. -- Organ was altered in the 1970s by Fabry, and in the 1990s by Duddy.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 16, 2011:

Updated through online information from Doug Backman.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on November 10, 2008:

Updated through online information from Paul Marchesano. -- The organ was donated by Cyrus Curtis in 1928. It is originally reported to have 70 ranks. I thought some minor tonal changes occurred in the 1970s, but do not have documentation.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 08, 2008:

Updated through online information from Steven Powell.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 20, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from <i>The Diapason</i> July 1927
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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