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RCCO Halifax Organ Rescue Project (2015)

Originally Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 717, 1917)

Location:

St James Presbyterian Church
Sherbrooke, NS B0J 3C0 CA
Organ ID: 56334

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • 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: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 7 ranks. 408 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 7 stops. 7 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: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 7
  • Registers: 7
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 12, 2017:

Updated by Andrew Barss, the builder.
This organ was relocated from its previous location, Milton Christian Church (OHS ID:48830), to this location and, as of this date, remains in place.

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

Database Manager on August 24, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on August 13, 2015:

Organ relocated without any change. Identified by Andrew Barss, based on personal knowledge of the organ.

This organ was decommissioned by its original owner, Milton Christian Church, was rescued by a group of community and RCCO volunteers, and was relocated (with some mechanical and electrical modifications) to Sherbrooke Village Museum (www.sherbrookevillage.novascotia.ca).

This instrument was one of Casavant's "Orgues de salon" series instruments with a freestanding case and integrated console. Originally a hand-pumped, pneumatic-action organ, an electric blower was added sometime during the 1930s or 1940s.

The action was converted to electro-pneumatic in 1984 at which time the console was separated from the case. The move to Sherbrooke Village resulted in modifications to the organ as follows:

The mechanical swell linkage, previously located below the platform on which the organ was installed, was relocated to a small conduit between the console and case;

The wind supply and curtain valve were relocated on the main chest in order to accommodate the relative positions of the case and, on the floor below, the blower and concussion bellows;

The console electrical system was updated by replacing the original rectifier with a modern power supply;

Since this instrument is now located in a historic village museum site, a blower shut-off switch was included on the back of the case, in order that the organ could be hand-pumped if desired, and a timer was substituted for the main power switch on the console in order to prevent the possibility of someone leaving the instrument running unattended for an extended period of time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist courtesy of Andrew Barss
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Console: Photograph by Andrew Barss. Taken on 2015-08-14

Stops and Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Andrew Barss. Taken on 2015-08-14

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