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Pels (1962)

Location:

Eglise Saint-Sauveur
533 3e Avenue
Va d'Or, QC J9P 1S3 CA
Church
Organ ID: 65478

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic 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 Thurlow B. Weed on May 20, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 35 ranks. 2,118 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
Gallery:
  • Built by Pels
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Thurlow B. Weed on May 20, 2020.
Thurlow B. Weed on May 20, 2020:

Per information received from Stephen St. Denis regarding the organ's original location at Maison mère des Soeurs de l'Assomption de la Sainte-Vierge in Nicolet, QC, the organ was given to the church in Val d'Or in 2017, prior to the demolition of the church in Sainte-Vierge:

"In 2015 the building which housed the chapel was showing signs of structural problems due to the clay which it was built on. Structural studies revealed the enormous cost to mitigate the problem. The Provincial authorities demanded immediate action else the building would be condemned. Considering the realities of cost and more importantly the realities of religious life, the Sisters decided to raze the building. Aside from the structural problems, the building was beautiful and well maintained. The organ was used frequently and well cared for. In 2002 the Congregation had the firm of Guilbault-Thérien re-leathered and clean the organ for the 150th anniversary of the founding of the community. Before the deconstruction of the chapel in 2017, the organ was removed and reinstalled in l'église Saint-Sauveur de Val-d'Or in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Québec. The Sisters gifted the organ to the parish."

We received the most recent update for this note from Thurlow B. Weed on May 20, 2020.
  • Radio Canada - An article (in French) with photos regarding the relocation and installation of the 1962 Pels organ in the church of Saint-Saveur.

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