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Casavant Frères (Opus 2336, 2001)

Originally Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 2336, 1956)

Location:

Knox United Church
506 4 Street Southwest
Calgary, AB T2P 1S7 CA
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 49299

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Church of Canada
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 70 ranks. 5,018 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 62 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In center 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: 6
  • Stops: 62
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe 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.
Database Manager on February 20, 2012:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Stoplist at the church's website in PDF format.

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

Database Manager on February 17, 2012:

Identified through online information from The Zach. -- The pipe organ at Knox United Church in Calgary was originally built in 1913 by Casavant Frères as a four-manual (six divisions), 66 stop electro-pneumatic organ. In 1956, a major renovation of the organ was undertaken by the original builder. The present four-manual console was installed, and important tonal changes were made to reflect the aesthetics of the then emerging Organ Reform movement. Nineteen new stops were provided, mainly to replace older pipework. Additional minor tonal modifications were done afterwards. Among other things, the original Antiphonal Musette 8' was replaced with a Regal-type stop.

The sound egress of the organ in the room is surely not optimal. This can be explained mainly by the acoustics of the large room, which are not especially live, and by the organ chambers provided with too small tone openings into the chancel and the nave for good tonal egress in the room. These tone openings cannot be enlarged. The solution proposed in this revised specification and scope of work to improve the presence of the organ in the room is to revise its layout for better placement vis-à-vis the tone openings and to enlarge the specification, mainly by adding a Resonnance division, for increasing the sound volume of the organ.

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

Chancel Left: Photograph from Casavant Archives. Taken on 1956-01-01

Chancel Right: Photograph from Casavant Archives. Taken on 1956-01-01

Antiphonal in Rear Gallery: Photograph from "Canadian Historical Places". Taken on 1956-01-01

Church Exterior: Photograph from "Canadian Historical Places". Taken on 1956-01-01

Church Exterior: Photograph from "Canadian Historical Places". Taken on 1956-01-01

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