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Hochhalter, Inc. (1993)

Originally W. W. Kimball Co. (1905ca.)

Location:

Grace Episcopal Church
1545 Franklin Street
Astoria, OR 97103 US
Organ ID: 25679

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican 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 Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 8 ranks. 471 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 20 stops. 8 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 8
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb 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 May 07, 2017:

According to Hochhalter, the console is from Möller Opus 7539 (1948).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on March 19, 2007:

Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- This is a rebuild of the 1966 Balcom and Vaughan electrification, itself a rebuild of the original ca. 1905 W.W. Kimball Co. instrument. The Balcom and Vaughan work had attempted to make a "Neo-Baroque" unit organ out of the 1905 Kimball pipework with an added, exposed 4' Kupfer Principal of 73 pipes. The Hochhalter, Inc. work sought to de-unify the over-unified 1966 design, and to reinstate some divisional independence between manuals and pedals. The stoplist is reduced in the number of speaking stops, but has a better presence and cohesion now. There is still some unification, but it has been minimized. The organ is prepared for future additions which will hopefully include restoration of the original, extant Kimball facade pipes. A used, reconditioned 1946 Moller console replaced the 1966 Balcom and Vaughan console.

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

Instrument Images:

Chancel: Photograph by Lanny Hochhalter. Taken on 2007-11-29

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