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The Aeolian Co. (Opus 1559, 1924)

Location:

Residence: John Nicholas Ringling - Ca'd'zan
5401 Bay Shore Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34243 US
Organ ID: 69692

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • 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 Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 36 ranks. 2,289 pipes. 6 divisions. 3 manuals.
Great (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Choir (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Solo (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Echo (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by The Aeolian Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 6
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets on slanted jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.
Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021:

From the Sarasota History Alive! website, *"A three console organ has a manual compass of 61 notes each and pedal board is 32 notes. It is playable from the manuals and pedal with the Aeolian Duo-Art Solo music rolls. The Duo-Art mechanism automatically operates the stops, tempo, and expression. All stops of the Great, Swell, Choir and Echo have seventy-three pipes each. The Solo organ stops have sixty-one pipes. The Great and Choir has eight ranks of pipes, the Swell has nine ranks with the Solo having seven and echo having five ranks of pipes. The pedal has six ranks making a total of forty-seven ranks including a five-rank mixture. It also has a sixty-one note Harp and a twenty note Chime. The Echo and Solo are playable from each of the three manuals. There are also twenty-two couplers.

The organ is installed as the heart of the Ca’d’Zan, directly opposite the fireplace in the main great hall known as the “Court.” The organ served as the focal point during evening festivities.” Multiple chambers are located throughout the structure to accommodate the two-thousand two hundred eighty-nine organ pipes. The main pipe-chamber for the organ is located behind the console on the second-story mezzanine strategically placed behind a seventeenth-century tapestry purchased from the estate of Vincent Astor. An Echo Chamber is also installed on the same level in the northeast corner of the mezzanine, concealed behind another early Flemish tapestry. The organ speaks through the tapestry with orchestral sound. The enormous array of hand-made pipes range in size from ten feet in length to the size of a pencil and are constructed of lead, zinc, tin and wood. The main pipe-chamber encompasses areas of the second and third stories of the house."*

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.

Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021:

Identified from the Aeolian opus list as listed in Rollin Smith's book, The Aeolian Pipe Organ and its Music. (OHS Press, 2nd Edition, © 2018)

The organ was contracted September 15, 1924 for a cost of $25,000.00. It was shipped January 14, 1925. A Duo-Art was included.

When Ringling died in 1936, he willed the property to the State of Florida. The home now operates as a Museum, art gallery, and learning center. The organ is extant.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on November 22, 2021.
Taken from Contract: Open In New Tab Originally published August 12, 1924
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Roman Lizak on November 23, 2021.
Original Contract: Open In New Tab Contract courtesy of the OHS Archive
Document created on 1924-08-12
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on November 23, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Residence exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1930's

Organ console: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1960's

Console: Photograph from an archival source: Website: Sarasota History Alive!, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 2018

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