St. Mary Magdalen Parish
Balcom and Vaughan, Opus 689, 1961 - Original Specifications
GREAT (Expressive) SWELL (Expressive) PEDAL (Expressive)
8 Principal 16 Bass Flute 16 Sub Bass
8 Rohr Flute 8 Principal 16 Gedeckt
8 Viole 8 Flute 8 Principal
8 Dulciana 8 Viole 8 Gedeckt
4 Principal 8 Viole Celeste 8 Viole
4 Flute 4 Principal 4 Octave
4 Dulcet 4 Flute 4 Flute
2 Octavin 4 Viole
III Mixture 4 Celeste
8 Oboe Horn 2-2/3 Nazard
8 Oboe Horn
STOP /RANK / PIPE ANALYSIS
16 Sub Bass (Ped) 12 Extension of the 8' Rohr Flute.
16 Gedeckt (Ped) -- Same as the 16' Sub Bass but with
notes 1-12 on “soft wind”.
16 Bass Flute (Sw) -- Same as the 16' Sub Bass.
8 Principal (Gt/Sw/Ped) 61
8 Rohr Flute (Gt) 61
8 Flute (Sw) -- Same as the 8' Rohr Flute.
8 Gedeckt (Ped) -- Same as the 8' Rohr Flute.
8 Viole (Gt/Sw/Ped) 61
8 Viole Celeste (Sw) 49 Tenor C.
8 Dulciana (Gt) 49 Tenor C.
4 Principal (Gt/Sw) 12 Extension of the 8' Principal.
4 Octave (Ped) -- From the Principal unit.
4 Flute (Gt/Sw/Ped) 12 Extension of the 8' Rohr Flute.
4 Viole (Sw) 12 Extension of the 8' Viole.
4 Celeste (Sw) 12 Extension of the 8' Viole Celeste.
4 Dulcet (Gt) 12 Extension of the 8' Dulciana.
2-2/3 Nazard (Sw) 7 Extension of the 8' Rohr Flute.
2 Octavin (Gt) -- From the Principal unit. Top octave
from the Flautina.
2 Flautina (Sw) 5 Extension of the 8' Rohr Flute.
III Mixture (Gt) 12 Extension of the 8' Dulciana. Derived.
8 Oboe Horn (Gt/Sw) 49 Tenor C.
Tremolo (Sw) Affects the entire instrument.
Principal Rohr Flute Viola Viola Celeste
73 pipes 97 pipes 73 pipes 61 pipes
Dulciana Principal Oboe Horn
73 pipes 61 pipes 49 pipes
COUPLERS FINGER PISTONS
PEDAL MOVEMENTS TOE STUDS
Expression (bal.) None
ACTION: E-P unit VOICES: 7 STOPS: 29 RANKS: 7 PIPES: 487
As originally proposed, this was to have been a 6-rank unit organ with the following unified resources: 8'
Principal, 16' Rohr Flute, 8' Viole, 8' Viole Celeste, 8' Dulciana (tc), and 8' Oboe Horn (tc). The actual
organ installed was expanded by one rank with the addition of an exposed 4' Principal, bringing the total
number of ranks to 7. Also, an 8' Gemshorn and 8' Gemshorn Celeste took the place of the proposed 8' Viole
and 8' Viole Celeste. The cost of the organ was $7,256.00 and included a year's free service.
The pipes are installed in a chamber in the left corner of the rear gallery. Tonal egress is provided only on
the gallery side of the chamber and not the nave side. The console sits on the right side of the gallery with
the organist facing the chamber. Stop switching is provided by behind-the-keys stop slides with a feed bar
actuated by the tail of the key rising.
The organ is almost identical in configuration to St. Monica's Parish on Mercer Island which had been
installed a year earlier by Balcom and Vaughan as their opus 686. It likely provided the inspiration for St.
Mary Magdalen to have the unenclosed 4' Principal exposed to view, and indeed, both churches are of very
Sources: Balcom and Vaughan opus list and files; extant organ
[Received from James R. Stettner 2012-03-12.]