Pipe Organ Database

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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 845, 1920)

Location:

St. James United (Methodist) Church
203 John Street
Simcoe, ON N3Y 2Y6 CA
Organ ID: 53608

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Church of Canada
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil, Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 31 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 29 stops. 32 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Choir (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.
Main (1920):
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 29
  • Registers: 32
  • 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.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Main (1930's):
  • Built by Casavant Frères Ltée.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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 with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled 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 Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.
Database Manager on November 28, 2018:

The original terraced console was return to the factory in the 1930's and became English style with angled jambs; the console was much later rebuilt again by Blair Batty, who also made a number of tonal changes over the years.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on September 14, 2014:

Identified through information in Casavant documents, courtesy of Simon Couture and Denis Blaine.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist courtesy of the Casavant Freres Archives: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Facade of the 1920 Casavant Organ: Photograph by John Van Maanen. Taken on 2021-07-15

Chancel with original console and facade: Photograph from an archival source: History page of the parish website, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1924

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