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Balcom and Vaughan (Opus 643, 1958)

Originally W. W. Kimball Co. (1910ca.)

Location:

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
801 Tieton Drive
Yakima, WA 98902 US
Organ ID: 32843

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • 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)
  • 9 ranks. 609 pipes. 2 divisions. 2 manuals. 29 stops. 9 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: 2
  • Stops: 29
  • Registers: 9
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 30, 2008:

Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The Kimball was originally a T-P instrument built for a location in Vancouver, Washington. It was electrified by Balcom and Vaughan with a new B and V console. The Great uses behind-the-key switching. The Swell has a gang switch relay in the chamber, and the Pedal uses gang switches in the console. The original Kimball chests were retro-fitted with a Kilgen-style E-P unit action. The original Great 4' Harmonic Flute was replaced with a new 8' Unda Maris. The original Swell 4' Flute d'Amour was replaced with a new 8' Voix Celeste; and the original 8' Oboe was replaced with a new 8' Trumpet. The original Pedal independent 16' Bourdon was only retained for its first 12 pipes as an extension of the Swell 8' Gedeckt. There is at least a 3-pipe scale difference between the two sets. The organ was completely de-piped, pipes cleaned, new aluminum slide tuners fitted, chamber cleaned, chamber painted (by parishioners), stoppers releathered, and tonal deflection of the expression shutters changed in 2002 by Puget Sound Pipe Organs of Seattle. The wooden grille covering the chamber and blocking about 40% of the egress was also removed and new, more acousticlaly transparent grille cloth was installed by parishioners.

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 the keydesk November, 1995
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Kimball facade pipes during cleaning: Digital image by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2008-12-15

Chamber Grillework: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2015-12-17

Console and Chamber Grillework: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2015-12-17

Console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2015-12-17

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