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Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. (2009)

Originally Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 150-A, 1954)

Location:

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Episcopal
1047 Amsterdam Ave./112th St.
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10025 US
Organ ID: 41162

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Sam Cherubin on November 11, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 146 ranks. 8,035 pipes. 9 divisions. 4 manuals. 101 stops. 124 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side 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: 9
  • Stops: 101
  • Registers: 124
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Sam Cherubin on November 11, 2020:

After the 2019 Palm Sunday crypt fire, the Great Organ is "unplayable" due to the unknown amount of soot and smoke damage done to the pipe work above the Great Choir. As of 2020, the organ is expected to be fully cleaned and restored, once again, pending insurance claims and ability to secure funding to restore the organ. Estimated time back online is within a few years.

We received the most recent update for this note from Sam Cherubin on November 11, 2020.

Database Manager on May 24, 2019:

Updated by Sam Cherubin, who has heard or played the organ. State Trumpet was re-installed in April 2019 after six-years of silence because of survey work and stabilization of the west end wall following the August 2011 earthquake.
Bottom 12 notes of 32\' Contre Ophicleide are silenced due to instability of the pipework, it is unknown if they will ever speak again.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 25, 2019.

Database Manager on February 03, 2017:

Updated by Sam Cherubin, listing this web site as a source of information: http://www.osiris.nobachaloud.com/aeolian-skinner.st-john-divine.new-york.ny.us.1954.txt.

The Great "Grande Fourniture" was listed on the contract as being V-VIII ranks, it actually has IV-VI ranks.

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

Database Manager on July 06, 2012:

Updated through online information from Sam Cherubin. -- The 8' Tuba Major (Solo) and 4' Tuba Clarion are at 25" WP and are unenclosed, and are directly behind the facade pipes in the Great Choir.

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

Database Manager on December 24, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from Connor Annable.

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

Database Manager on June 02, 2009:

Rebuild of existing Aeolian-Skinner organ, itself a significant rebuild of E. M. Skinner Opus 150 (1906).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
https://www.stjohndivine.org/uploads/pages/The-Great-Organ-of-the-Cathedral-1550677761.pdf: Open In New Tab From St. John the Divine website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Sam Cherubin on November 11, 2020.
Complete specifications, mixture compositions and technical pipework details: Open In New Tab Technical data of the organ. Source: Timothy Tinker of International Organ Foundation, Madrid, Spain.
We received the most recent update for this document from Sam Cherubin on November 11, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console - Quimby 2008, May 2013.: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2013-05-01

State Trumpet (West End): Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2013-05-01

View from South Triforium looking towards the North Nave.: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2015-06-20

Console: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-12-17

Console: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-12-17

Pipe Facade: (looking north from the south Musicians- Gallery) Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-12-17

State Trumpets: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2019-05-20

South chambers and console: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Console: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Cathedral interior to front: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

North chambers and façade: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

South chambers and façade: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Cathedral exterior: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Cathedral interior to rear: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

West end stained-glass rose window: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Grille in the ambulatory at the passage to a chapel: Photograph by Martin Doering via https://die-orgelseite.de, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-06-15

Console: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Console center: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Left stopjamb: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Right stopjamb: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 0218-02-26

Chancel and organ cases: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Looking from console to the nave: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Looking from console to the altar: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Console shell carving: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

Cathedral exterior: Photograph by Patrick E. Parris, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-02-26

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