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George Jardine & Son (1878)

Location:

Empire City Skating Rink Building
Corner of 63rd Street and Third Avenue
New York, NY 10009 US
Organ ID: 67640

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Amusements: Skating Rinks, etc.
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on February 17, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 15 ranks. 851 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 15 stops. 16 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Built by George Jardine & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 17, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Built by George Jardine & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 17, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Built by George Jardine & Son
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 17, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by George Jardine & Son
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 15
  • Registers: 16
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on February 17, 2021.
John Roper on February 17, 2021:

From American Art Journal (Oct. 5, 1878): "The grand organ now standing in the Fair of the American Institute, erected by Messrs. George Jardine & Son, of this city, is a source of great attraction. It is performed upon daily by several of our first-class organists, and the compositions of the great masters are, from the capabilities and mechanical improvements in this instrument, rendered with most charming effects; in fact, it comprises all the advantages of the best concerted bands of wind and even string instruments, as all modern improvements are herein carried out."

"Among the various improvements of which Mr. Jardine was absolutely the very first to introduce and invent, are the combination and reversible pedals, his own invented pneumatic and vacuum pallets or valves, now generally used by the English organ builders, and accredited to him in "Hompkins & Rimbault's work on the Organ;" also, vertical swell blinds or "shades," which render a single set more effective, both as in crescendo and sforzando, than the double blinds as usually contrived. Mr. Jardine was also the very first to introduce, many years ago, the projecting or overhanging keys, now universally copied, without the least acknowledgment of that fact; also, the grand improvement of reversed bellows ribs, which entirely remedied the unsteady variableness of the wind caused by careless blowing. He was also the very first to introduce the vox angelica, the clariana, flute harmonique, Viol di Gamba, the French vox humana and French tremolo."

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on February 17, 2021.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on February 17, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Building intererior. Brown, Henry Collins, ed. Valentine's Manual of the City of New York: 1917-1918: Empire Skating Rink.: Photograph by NYC Organ page, submitted by John Roper.

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