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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 993, 1923)

Location:

Our Lady of Pity R.C. Church / Reservoir Church
15 Notre Dame Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140 US
Organ ID: 47731

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Nondenominational Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on June 11, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil, Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 34 ranks. 2,196 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 29 stops. 31 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on June 11, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on June 11, 2021.

Choir:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on June 11, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on June 11, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 29
  • Registers: 31
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric 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, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on June 11, 2021.
John Roper on June 11, 2021:

No sign of the added smaller blower on 6/10/21. Inspection of the chests revealed the following:

CH 8' Clarinet 24-68 are missing CH 8' Melodia 29-68 are missing CH 8' Dulciana 62-68 are missing SW III Mixture missing 62-68 (21 pipes) GT IV Mixture missing 62-68 (28 pipes) GT 8' Salicional replaced by 2' Fifteenth by unknown builder, 8' Salicional pipework possibly still extant GT 16' Open Diapason 1-24 in facade. GT 8' Open Diapason 1-12 shared with 16' Open Diapason Console rolltop missing

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on June 11, 2021.

Database Manager on February 18, 2017:

Building sold to Greater Boston Vineyard Christian Fellowship in 2004; sold again to Reservoir Church in 2015.

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

Database Manager on February 07, 2014:

Updated through online information from James Overly. -- The church was sold to the Greater Boston Vineyard Christian Fellowship. When the building was rewired, no provision for the 3 phase 220V needed to power the blower was made. When I last saw the instrument (about a year ago) someone had tried to hack in a small blower to the system. It was quite sad.

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

Database Manager on February 14, 2011:

Identified through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Parish closed 1998.

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

Instrument Images:

Building: Photograph by Archdiocese of Boston, submitted by John Roper.

Building: Photograph by Church, submitted by John Roper.

Organ in balcony: Photograph by Church, submitted by John Roper.

Room: Photograph by Church, submitted by John Roper.

Organ console: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Right stopjamb: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Left stopjamb: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Coupler rail: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Pedalboard and swell shoes: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Console positioned in balcony: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Great pipework: 8' Trumpet, 4' Hamonic Flute, 2' Fifteenth, 8' Open Diapason: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Great pipework: IV Mixture, 4' Octave, 8' Hohlflote, 16' Open Diapason: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Choir pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Pedal pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Swell and choir shades open both forward and up: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Original blower: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

Static regulator in blower room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-06-10

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