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W. W. Kimball Co. (1907)

Location:

Temple Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 US
Organ ID: 264

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Synagogues and other Jewish Houses of Worship
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Pneumatic
  • 50 ranks. 4 manuals. 51 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 51
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on October 27, 2015:

Updated through online information from James W Guyer. -- The below stoplist for this instrument labels it as "opus 2156", built in 1906 and references the January, 1908 edition of the New Music Review. Upon looking through a copy of this journal, the corrected date is 1907, and no opus number is given anywhere in the journal.

Additionally, Kimball used KPO (Kimball Pipe Organ) to catalog their instruments, not opus numbers. And placing this as KPO 2156 puts it out of sequence with other Kimball organs built around the same time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 03, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The action was electrified by Kimball in 1929.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on January 22, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from David Scribner. -- Visited during the AIO 2005 Convention

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on November 28, 2005:

Updated through on-line information from David Scribner. -- French-style terraced console - the combination action has been shut off due to leakage in that system. Manuals under contract for renovation

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1981.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From <i>The New Music Review</i> (January 1908)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Interior and organ: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Interior and organ: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Interior and organ: Vintage postcard, courtesy of James R. Stettner. Taken on 1926-06-15

Interior and Organ: Photo (1910) from Jim Lewis Collection.

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr. Taken on 2010-07-26

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