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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 2761, 1963)

Location:

Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church
455 Island Pond Road
Springfield, MA 01118 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 44313

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 21 ranks. 1,211 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 18 stops. 16 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Exposed pipes visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 18
  • Registers: 16
  • 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 above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 04, 2012:

Updated through online information from Bill Czelusniak. -- Date of loss was Sunday, October 22, 2006. Description of fire is this: Casavant Opus 2761, 1963, 2m, 21r, E-P totally destroyed by fire, heat, smoke, and water in a fire that gutted the chancel of the church and was started by unattended candles left by a youth group (we are told). The Great division was divided and exposed on the sides of the big window; one photo attached shows that nothing is left. We presume that the Swell division was soaked with water, and probably melted, too. The console is surprisingly recognizable, but I wouldn't expect much of it. The details of this report, and the certainty of the unsalvageable condition of the organ, come from one of the Co-Pastors at this yoked Parish, and by reports from Peter Beardsley, the Organist-Director at Springfield's Episcopal Cathedral, and a man with some organbuilding experience, too. I thought I had heard fire sirens, and it turns out I was right.

They may be able to rehab the building, but I can't imagine that any vestige of the organ could be saved. The fire was plenty hot enough to melt the leading in the east end window, and, of course, ALL the exposed pipework. A few blackened zinc basses are lying in the ashes of the altar, but no sign of any spotted metal pipes anywhere. Windchests thoroughly charred, though I couldn't see the tops of them to know if they are burned open. The floor of the church is covered in charred wood, broken glass, and, of course, water. The ceiling was still dripping on me as I took pictures - I'm surprised the fire guys let me in. "The pastor said you had a tuning date there, which, clearly, you now do not." Yes, we were, ironically, scheduled to tune this organ this coming Thursday, 10/26.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on December 16, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- Destroyed by fire in October 2006.

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

Database Manager on October 12, 2009:

Identified by Rae Bolton from information furnished by Casavant Frères, courtesy of Simon Couture.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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