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Pole & Kingham Pipe Organs (2014)

Originally Charles W. McManis Co. (1955)


Forest Grove United Church
43 Forest Grove Dr.
North York, ON M2K 1Z4 CA
Organ ID: 65342

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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 James R. Stettner on May 10, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 41 ranks. 2,281 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 45 registers.
  • Built by Charles W. McManis Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Registers: 45
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Combination Action Name: Peterson
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on May 10, 2020.
Jim Stettner on May 10, 2020:

This organ was identified by James R. Stettner based on online information from this website: https://www.forestgroveunited.com/pipe-organ . According to notes on that webpage, "Birthplace: Christian Science Church, Dayton Ohio, U.S.A. An Estey Organ was installed shortly after the church’s completion in December, 1923. This organ was replaced by a 42-rank, three-manual McManis organ in 1955. McManis Inc. was located in Kansas City, Kansas. While some of the original chest and pipework was retained, McManis installed four new large Pitman Chests and added several new ranks of pipes. The organ is distinctly ‘American Classic’ in design, producing a sound that is clear, excelling in the performance of music from the Baroque era, yet able to execute more modern styles: French-inspired reeds, three pairs of celesting ranks, and three complete choruses, and two expressive divisions add great flexibility in sound.

Adopted Home: Forest Grove United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Toronto, the organ was removed, transported and installed in a joint venture between Don Pole of ‘Pole and Kingham Pipe Organs’, assisted by Joel VanderZee and Rich Hrytzak of ‘VanderZee Organs’. The pneumatic mechanism in the console was removed, replaced by an electronic Peterson control system. Also installed was MIDI capability (used on the ‘harp’ section of Track 8). Windchests and pipework were preserved, with significant alteration needed to accommodate the new location. With no space for the two rank Echo division, however, it was left behind in Ohio. A trumpet was added to the Great division. Some voicing to tame bright upperwork was necessary. The voicing is otherwise untouched. The organ, moved and installed in 2012/13, was completed April, 2014."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on May 10, 2020.

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