Carlton C. Michell (1890ca.)

Exhibited in the 1996 OHS convention(s)

Location:

Polite Temple Baptist Church
38 East Price Street
Philadelphia: Germantown, PA 19144 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 182

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on March 06, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 14 ranks. 780 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 15 stops. 20 registers.
All:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 15
  • Registers: 20
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 20, 2022:

The Great "Rohrflute" 8' is a stopped wood rank with solid (not pierced) stoppers; 1-12 of the Dolce 8' are of capped metal. Just what C. C. Michell's contribution was, is difficult to discern, and if it were not for the nameplate, one might suppose the organ to be nothing more than a pleasant "garden-variety" Cole & Woodberry. Closer inspection however reveals voicing that is perhaps rather more refined than what one might expect, and the Cornopean 8' instead of the more typical Oboe 8' suggests something unusual. Only a hint, perhaps, of the glories to come at St. Luke's, but a hint worth studying, and a fine little organ in its own right. -- 1996 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 20, 2022.

Database Manager on January 26, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jonathan M. Bowen. -- Organ by C. C. Michell, in conjunction w/ Cole & Woodberry, Boston, MA

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

Database Manager on January 25, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jonathan M. Bowen.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Builder's Nameplate: Michell

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from OHS 1996 Convention handbook.. On-line update from Jonathan M. Bowen.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 06, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ case in front corner of room: Photograph from an archival source: 1996 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1995

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