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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - Mormon Tabernacle
Temple Square
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

OHS Database ID 13122.

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Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 24, 2008.


Technical Details

Four manuals. 146 ranks.

Notes

  • Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm. (James Cook. January 8, 2005)
  • Altered in 1925, 1937, and 1940 by Austin. Moved to The Joseph Smith Auditorium at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT ca. 1948. Later broken up for parts. (Elizabeth Schmitt. January 16, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from John W. Decker, Cleveland, OH. -- I have the Concert Flute and Unda Maris that were not used in the Skinner re-build (Austin Opus #573). It was offered in the Diapason Magazine in the 1990s. I saw it and bought it for $500. It was a direct purchase from Brigham Young Univ. and the bottom C is stamped Opus #573. They said it was not used in the Skinner Rebuild. It's a home hybrid organ and the twin set is gorgeous. (Database Manager. January 22, 2008)
  • In enlarged Ridges case of 1869. Some stops retained for use in Aeolian-Skinner of 1948, and in subsequent enlargement/rebuilds. (James Cook. September 24, 2008)

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Organ case and choir. Postcard from Jim Cook's collection 1938-05-25
Console and Frank W. Asper, Organist. Photo ca. 1935; image provided by Steven Lawson

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Stoplist

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  • Typed original stoplist with changes listed
    Tabernacle Organs
    
    1915 - Austin
    
    Electo-Pneumatic Action
    
    61 note manual compass
    32 note pedal compass
    
    [Stops marked with * were from the previous organ (Kimball, 1901)]
    
    Great
    (Stops 1-6 unenclosed, remainder in Orchestral box)
    32' Contra Bourdon (from Pedal)*
    16' Double Open Diapason (32 from Pedal)*
    16' Bourdon (from Pedal)
    8'  Flauto Major (ext. of Pedal Open)
    8'  First Diapason*
    8'  Second Diapason*
    8'  Bell Diapason
    8'  Violoncello*
    8'  Doppel Flute*
    8'  Gedeckt (from Bourdon)
    8'  Clarabella*
    4'  Principal*
    4'  Wald Flute*
    2'  Fifteenth*
    16' Double Trumpet (ext.)
    8'  Trumpet*
    4'  Clarion (ext.)
    
    Swell
    16' Bourdon*
    8'  Diapason Phonon
    8'  Horn Diapason*
    8'  Gross Flute*
    8'  Viole d'Orchestre
    8'  Aeoline*
    8'  Aeoline Celeste*
    8'  Concert Flute
    8'  Unda Maris
    4'  Flute Harmonic*
    4'  Violina*
    2'  Flautino*
        Cornet Mixture III*
    16' Contra Fagotto*
    8'  Cornopean*
    8'  Oboe*
    8'  Vox Humana*
    Tremulant
    
    Orchestral
    16' Lieblich Gedeckt*
    8'  Geigen Principal*
    8'  Melodia*
    8'  Orchestral Viole
    8'  String Celeste II
    8'  Dolce*
    8'  Quintadena*
    4'  Flute Octaviente*
    2'  Piccolo Harmonic*
    16' Double Oboe Horn (ext. - prep.)
    8'  Oboe Horn
    8'  Clarinet*
    8'  Cor Anglais
    Concert Harp (from Solo)
    Chimes (25 notes)
    Tremulant
    
    Solo
    16' Violone*
    8'  Flauto Major
    8'  Stentorphone*
    8'  Gross Gamba*
    8'  Gamba Celeste*
    4'  Orchestral Flute*
    16' Tuba Profunda (ext.)
    8'  Tuba Harmonic*
    4'  Tuba Clarion (ext.)
    8'  Tuba Magna
    Concert Harp (61 notes)
    Chimes (from Orchestral)
    Tremulant
    
    Celestial
    8'  Cor de Nuit
    8'  Viole d'Orchestre
    8'  Viole Celeste
    8'  Viole Aetheria
    8'  Dolce Celeste
    8'  Gedeckt*
    4'  Fern Flute
    8'  Horn
    8'  Vox Humana
    Celestial Harp (61 notes)
    Tremulant
    
    String (Floating)
    "A special separate STRING ORGAN of Seven Ranks of pipes of 8 feet pitch, composed 
    of various scales and voicing, and tuned as a large magnificent Celeste."
    2 unison ranks
    3 sharp ranks
    2 flat ranks
    
    Pedal
    64' Gravissimo (resultant, from 32' Diapason and 32' Bourdon)
    32' Double Diapason*
    32' Contra Bourdon*
    16' First Diapason (ext. of 32' Diapason)*
    16' Second Diapason*
    16' Violone (from Solo)
    16' Bourdon*
    16' Dulciana*
    16' Lieblich Gedeckt (from Swell)
    16' Sub Bass (from Celestial)
    10 2/3' Quint (from Bourdon)
    8'  Gross Flute (from Open Diapason)
    8'  Flauto Dolce (from Bourdon)
    8'  Violoncello Celeste (2 ranks, from Solo)
    8'  Octave Flute (from Open Diapason)
    32' Contra Bombarde (from Solo Tuba Magna)
    16' Bombarde (from Solo Tuba Magna)
    8'  Tuba Profunda (from Solo)
    8'  Tuba Harmonic (from Solo)
    4'  Tuba Clarion (from Solo)
    16' Fagotto (from Swell)
    
    Couplers:
    Solo to Pedal 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'
    Orchestral to Pedal
    Great to Pedal reversible
    Swell to Pedal reversible
    Solo to Great reversible
    
    Accessories:
    Crescendo Pedal, adjustable, not moving registers
    Balanced Swell Pedal
    Balanced Great and orchestral Pedal
    Balanced Solo and Celestial Pedal
    Sforzando Pedal
    "The Mechanism of the Swell Pedals so arranged that they may be worked as a MASTER PEDAL, operating all the swell boxes at one time."
    
    Combinations:
    10 adjustable General pistons over upper manual
    6 adjustable foot pistons for Pedal
    
    
    
    1926 additions/changes:
    
    Great
    Additions:
    8'  Major Diapason
        Mixture v
    8'  Keraulaophone
    8'  Gemshorn
    Changes:
    Principal 4' and Fifteenth 2' moved to unenclosed section
    
    Swell
    Additions:
    8'  English Diapason
    8'  Wald Horn
    8'  Gedeckt
        Plein Jeu IV (replaced cornet)
    
    Orchestral
    Additions:
    8'  Horn Diapason
    8'  Melphone
    16' Double Oboe Horn (12 pipes to complete prepared-for extension)
    
    Solo
    Additions:
    8'  Stentorgamba
    4'  Gambette
    8'  French Horn
    
    Echo
    (i.e. Celestial)
    Additions/Changes:
    8'  Flauto Dolce replaced Viole Aetheria
    8'  Flute Celeste replaced Dolce Celeste
    
    Pedal
    Additions:
    16' Major Diapason
    16' Gedeckt
    8'  Gedeckt (ext.)
    8'  II Lieblich Dolce (borrowed from Dolce 8' and Lieblich Ged. 16' from Orchestral)
    Chimes
    
    
    
    1937:  New Console 
    
    Couplers:
    Great to Great 16', 4'
    Swell go Great 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Orchestral to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Orchestral to Orchestral 16', 4'
    Swell to Orchestral 16', 8', 4'
    Solo to Great reversible
    Solo to Solo 16', 4'
    Great to Solo 16', 8', 4'
    Swell to Solo 8', 4'
    Solo to Pedal 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'
    Swell to Pedal reversible
    Great to Pedal 8', 4'
    Great to Pedal reversible
    Orchestral to Pedal reersible
    Pedal to Pedal
    
    Combinations:
    8 to Great and Pedal
    4 to Celestial/Great
    4 to Celestial/Solo
    8 to Swell and Pedal
    8 to Solo and Pedal
    5 to Pedal (toe pistons)
    14 General (5 duplicated in toe pistons)
    "ON/OFF" for switching Solo and Celestial
    General Cancel
    
    
    1940 Additions/Changes:
    
    
    Great
    Additions:
    4'  Octave
    2 2/3' Twelfth
        Fourniture V
    Changes:
        1 rank removed from Mixture V to make Mixture IV
    
    Swell
    Additions:
        Sesquialtera IV
    8'  Trompette
    
    Orchestral (Choir)
    Additions:
    4'  Fugara
    2 2/3' Nazard
    1 3/5' Tierce
    Changes:
    Melophone removed
    
    Pedal
    Additions:
    4'  Octave
    2'  Super Octave
        Mixture IV
    
    (In 1948 the Austin organ was moved to the auditorium of the Joseph Smith Building at Brigham Young 
    University in Provo, Utah.  The Celestial, String, and enclosed Great divisions were removed, and a 
    few stops were retained for use in the Aeolian-Skinner in the Tabernacle.  The instrument was sold 
    for parts when the building was demolished ca. 1990.)
    
    [Received via e-mail from Paul Slaughter September 24, 2008]
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