Organ Specifications

Overview

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  • Moller Opus 6150, 1933
  • Altered by Casavant, 1973
  • Great Trumpet added 1988
  • Action overhauled and renewed 2006
  • Trumpet and Oboe ranks cleaned, refurbished,
    and re-voiced 2009
  • Unified Ranks (7): Principal, Gedacht, Gemshorn,
    Voix Celeste (re-voiced Dulciana), Spitzflote,
    Oboe, Trumpet.

Disposition



GreatSwellPedal
Principle 8’Bourdon 16’Bourdon 16’
Gedacht 8’Gedacht 8’Gedacht 8’
Gemshorn 8’Gemshorn 8’Gemshorn 8’
Octave 4’Voix Celeste 8’Spitzflote 4’
Flute 4’Spitzflote 4’Flute 2’
Nazard 2-2/3’Gedacht 4’
Piccolo 2’Piccolo 2’
Super Squint 1-1/3’
Oboe 8’Oboe 8’
Trumpet 8’

Compass

  • Manuals -- 61 Notes
  • Pedals -- 32 Notes

Action

  • Electropneumatic / Direct electric
  • Couplers: Supers and Octaves each manual
  • Swell to Great at 16, 8 and 4
  • Swell to Pedal
  • Great to Pedal
  • Thumb pistons: four per manual
  • Crescendo shoe
  • Swell shoe

The entire organ is under expression with the exception of the Principal/Octave rank, and the bottom twelve notes of the Gedacht/Bourdon.

Backgrounds and Comments

The organ currently installed at All Saints’ was built by M.P. Moller & Co. of Hagerstown, MD, in 1933, and served for more than 30 years in a Winnipeg funeral home, where it apparently spoke around a corner into the chapel. It was substantially altered by Casavant Freres in 1973 when it was acquired by All Saints’, under the leadership of the late Fr. John Marlor (rector at that time), and Alan Vick. A Salicional rank was removed, the Dulciana was re-voiced into the current Voix Celeste, and the Principal/Octave rank was set outside the pipe chamber. In 1988, a Trumpet stop was added on the Great manual, and in 1997, the Swell tremulant was disconnected. The original electropneumatic action was overhauled and renewed in 2006 by the Golden Eagle Organ Company of Saskatoon, resolving many problems with dead notes and ciphers, and the Trumpet and Oboe ranks were cleaned, refurbished, and re-voiced in 2009 by the same company, making them much more stable and distinctive.

Although not really a concert instrument, the organ is much more impressive than it might appear to be from its specification, and is capable of producing a "wide range of volume as well as an eminently satisfactory array of sonorities" (Dr. Warren Steck, organist, now retired). The organ is well-matched to the characteristics of the church, the acoustics of which are actually quite good.

With thanks to Dr. Steck and the Ven. Richard Spencer, who spent several enjoyable hours collecting all of the information above!

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