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Gress-Miles Organ Co. (1970)

Location:

Hartt College - University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117 US
Room 21 (Organ Studio)
Organ ID: 54958

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is good, but not in use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 37 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 28 stops. 51 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 28
  • Registers: 51
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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 without cover.
  • 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
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 10, 2015:

Updated through online information from Jim Barry. -- The organ was sold in April 2015 to the United Methodist Church in Babylon, Long Island, NY. The organ will be removed from the Hartt Organ Studio beginning May 11, 2015, and taken to Foley-Baker, Inc. (Tolland, CT), where it will be refitted for the new location.
The installation in NY will be behind the current organ case (the present organ will be removed).

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

Database Manager on May 06, 2015:

Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- URL is from radio station web page May 2015), which notes that organ has been sold to "a Methodist Church" in Babylon, NY.

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

Database Manager on May 06, 2015:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Sold to a United Methodist Church in Babylon, New York (per WNPR, CT)

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

Database Manager on April 24, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R. Barry.

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

Database Manager on April 23, 2015:

An original installation. Identified by James R. Barry, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- After serving as the principal organ at the Hartt School for 45 years, the instrument was removed and stored during the summer of 2015 to make room for an expanded recital hall. The organ was dedicated in four concerts between September 13 and October 25, 1970. The first concert was performed by Hartt organ faculty: Edward Clark, Elizabeth Sollenberger and John Holtz (chair of the department). The remaining dedication concerts featured Marie-Claire Alain, Albert Russell, and Robert Noehren. The organ was featured for many years in the annual Contemporary Organ Festival organized by John Holtz.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist provided by Edward Clark
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Console in Room 21 (Organ Studio): (in Room 21/organ studio, ca. 1970); image courtesy of James R. Barry.

Organ case, console and exposed pipes: Photograph by Foley-Baker via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2015-05-21

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