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Cavelier Organ Builders (1974)

Originally Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 1217, 1927)

Location:

Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Québec
16, rue Buade
Québec, QC G1R 4A1 CA
Organ ID: 60691

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on February 07, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 75 ranks. 4 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on February 07, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on February 07, 2019.
Database Manager on November 13, 2017:

In 1974, Bernard Cavelier of Buffalo, New York, was contracted to clean and repair the 1927 Casavant organ (Op. 1217). Cavelier revoiced all of the pipework to balance the instrument and to take away its characteristic heaviness. The principals and mixtures were brightened up and rebalanced between the divisions. The pipe mouths were rebuilt and nicks were removed, feet were widened as well as the holes in the windchests to allow the wind to enter more freely which reduced the wind pressure by an inch. Reeds were revoiced in the Cavaillé-Coll style, scales allowing it. The swell box of the Positif division was removed. Several stops were modified and transformed. The main additions were the Cymbale III ranks in the Positif and the Fourniture IV ranks in the Pedal.

The renewed instrument was inaugurated in a concert given by André Marchal on November 19th, 1974 as part of celebrations commemorating the tercentenary of the Québec diocese. (musiqueorguesquebec.ca website)

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

Database Manager on November 13, 2017:

In 1983, the organ was restored and tonally altered by Guilbault-Thérien.

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

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