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A. [Aubrey] Thompson-Allen Co. (Opus 124, 2014)

Originally M. P. Möller (Opus 11385, 1979)

Location:

St. Augustine Cathedral
399 Washington Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06604 US
Organ ID: 57914

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 42 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 22, 2016:

This is a rebuild of an existing organ. Identified by John Igoe, using information from this web site: http://www.thompson-allen.com/bridgeport/.

The Möller mechanical components that had been retained in the 2003 rebuilding of the organ were fully restored in 2013. New pneumatic leather membranes and valves were installed throughout the organ-s chassis and all of the wind-pressure regulators were completely rebuilt with new hinges and corner gussets. The swell boxes of the organ were improved by refitting and thickening the shutters, thereby increasing the range of expression.

Relocating a particularly noisy blower to the space in the tower behind the organ and furnishing it with a new static regulator cut down much of the objectionable wind turbulence that had plagued the instrument. While the musical resources of the organ remained much as before, the overall reliability of the mechanism and the expressive capabilities of the organ were much improved.

The second phase of improvements began in early 2014. Virtually all of the organ-s pipes were removed from the instrument and taken to the New Haven shops of the Thompson-Allen firm. The pipes were washed clean and repaired, furnished with new tuning sleeves for better tuning stability, and regulated for correct speech. All of the stops were revoiced to enhance their tonal qualities, and a number of new stops replaced existing sets to improve the overall blend and musical effectiveness of the instrument.

A new octave of full-length 32-foot chorus reed pipes replaced the 1979 half-length set provided by Möller

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

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