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Parsons Pipe Organ Builders (2019)

Originally James Bruce (1810)

Location:

Knoke Residence
Rochester, NY US
Music Studio
Organ ID: 64993

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ has been restored to a previous 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 March 26, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 3 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on March 26, 2020.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 53
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on March 26, 2020.
None on April 09, 2020:

The organ has one keyboard and three ranks: 8' Diapason (rohrgedeckt) split at middle c, 4' metal Principal - not divided, and 2' Fifteenth - also not divided, and added to the organ in the 1980s, replacing an original 8' Dulciana. Compass C (no C sharp) to f3,

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on March 26, 2020.

None on April 09, 2020:

The organ was built in 1810 by James Bruce for Muir, Wood and Co. in Edinburgh. It was purchased by the Polhill family for their house in Bedfordshire. It remained there until 1957, when it was sold at auction and disappeared for a while. It reappeared in the 1980s as part of the collection of harpsichord builder Ronald Haas. He had it put back into playing order, with the addition of an electric blower and the addition of the 2' rank. After his death, it was sold by Bonhams to an antiques dealer in Pasadena. They eventually put it on eBay.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on March 26, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case with Keyboard Cover Raised: Photograph by Paul Knoke. Taken on 2020-03-27

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