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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 2283, 1955)

Originally Casavant Frères (Opus 168, 1902)

Location:

Holy Trinity Anglican Church
61 William Street
Yarmouth, NS B5A 1Y4 CA
Church
Organ ID: 48948

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 26 ranks. 1,741 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 24 stops. 24 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 24
  • Registers: 24
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe 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:

Identified through information in Casavant documents, courtesy of Simon Couture. The tonal director was Stephen Stoot. The cost was $11,500.00.

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

Database Manager on September 20, 2014:

Updated through online information from John Overton. -- The original 1902 Casavant organ was electrified in 1955, specifically with an electro-pneumatic system/console, including combinations. The number of speaking pipes remained unchanged, though some pipes were slightly altered.
Since 1955:

  • The blower has been moved from the cellar to its present place in the Great+Swell+Pedal Division to the left of the High Altar. Some damage seems to been done in the move.
  • The console was moved from the 1955 left-hand side to its present right-hand side behind the choir-stalls during chancel alterations in the 1990's.
  • The back case of the console was built in by the raised wood floor during the 90's alterations, making it very difficult to do repair work on the console.
  • During the 1980s and 1990s pipes were removed and/or exchanged.
  • During the latter part of the 20th century many pipes were damaged.
  • The past 14 years (2000-2014) some incomplete ranks have been disconnected, and more pipes have been removed and/or damaged/destroyed, and, some say, stolen.
  • The organ was inspected by Casavant at the turn of the millenium. A 4-stage Casavant tender to restore the organ to working playable condition (no expansion, no re-voicing etc) was declined by the Parish.
  • As of 2014 - effectively no real work has been done on the instrument for the past 10 years and the instrument has not been tuned for at least 7 years (given the state of the organ, tuning was not considered worth its cost.)
  • The organ blower makes so much wheezing noise and plays so unexpectedly 'on its own' that the instrument is longer reliable as a musical instrument. The blower is now (2014) in such a deteriorated state, that it is effectively now no longer reparable.
-- Both the Swell and Choir manuals have full 61-note keys but G2-C3 lack any connection to sounding pipes. Top pedal notes F, F# and G lack connection to speaking stops. In reality, therefore, the Pedalboard has a 30-note compass.

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

Database Manager on August 25, 2014:

Updated through online information from Martin Jones. -- Blower punctured, Many pipes missing as a result many ranks are useless , Source: John Overton: Music Director, Choir master, and Organist of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Yarmouth, NS

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

Database Manager on October 31, 2011:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Originally installed in 1902 as 3/26 Casavant Op. 168; rebuilt and electrified in 1955 as Casavant Op. 2283, including a new console and replacement reed pipework.

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

Instrument Images:

Church Interior: Photograph by John Overton. Taken on 2014-04-01

Console: Photograph by John Overton. Taken on 2014-01-14

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