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Austin Organ Co. (Opus 1627, 1929)

Location:

Horace Bushnell Memorial Hall
166 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106 US
Auditorium
Organ ID: 5436

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 76 ranks. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 72 stops. 98 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 72
  • Registers: 98
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Stop keys 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 Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe 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 January 18, 2009:

Updated through online information from John W. Tremblay. -- This organ is strongly reminiscent of the 1912 Kotzschmar Memorial Organ (Opus #323) at the Portland City Hall Auditorium (now the Merrill Auditorium) prior to its enlargement to five manuals and well over a hundred stops, including at least one prepared-for division. The console at the Bushnell Memorial Hall retains its Art Deco styling and a traditional Austin electromechanical hold-and-set piston action. The console was equipped with solid-state interface which makes it movable to any point on the stage, with three points for plugging in the coaxial cable which replaced the large original cable. The organ is in chambers, with part of the unenclosed Great on display in front of the appropriate chamber opening, "caged" to prevent damage by stage hands moving lights, etc. The organ renovation, in the late 80s or early 90s, was written up in The American Organist.

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 1994

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restored by Austin Organs Inc. 1988-89.

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

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from OHS Convention Handbook
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1994-06-24

Console: Photograph from <i>The American Organist</i> (June 1990); image courtesy of Jeff Scofield.

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