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Louis Mitchell (Opus 129, 1882)

Location:

St. Simon & St. Jude Roman Catholic Church
313 Church Street
Tignish, PE C0B 2B0 CA
Organ ID: 2459

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 18, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 21 ranks. 1,118 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear 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: 19
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 18, 2021:

In 1882 a 1,118–pipe hand–pumped church organ, was installed by long–standing priest Dugald M. McDonald. Although the organ was purchased for $2,400.00 CAD in 1882, its current retail value is an estimated $1 million USD. The organ was featured in many of the documentation done by Henry Gaudet, a former member of the Parish. It has also been featured on many local newscasts and newspapers. The organ was manually operated by hand pump until electricity was first provided in Tignish in 1959. The organ still resides at the church to the present day. -- from church website, history page accessed 2021-10-18

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 18, 2021.

Database Manager on June 23, 2011:

Posted to PIPORG-L June 12, 2011 by Robert Batt: -- "The 128-year-old pipe organ at St. Simon & St. Jude Catholic Church in Tignish, PEI, will soon be once again welcoming parishioners to services and recitals.

"The organ, disassembled and shipped to Montreal in January, is back from restoration work. Workers are now in Tignish to put the thousands of pieces back together again.Reassembly will take a week, and the crew will need another 10 days after that to tune the organ, Steve Sinclair of Juget-Sinclair Organbuilders in Montreal, said Thursday. In addition to restoring and replacing worn parts, craftsmen have returned the organ to its original pitch.The organ was built in 1882 by Louis Mitchell, a Montreal organ builder. It's one of only four of its kind still in existence."

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

Database Manager on February 15, 2005:

Renovated in 1971 by Maritime Pipe Organ.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1992.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear loft: Photograph by Rev. Edward L. Rix, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-08-30

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