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Blair Batty and Associates, Inc. (1993-1995)

Originally Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 845, 1920)

Location:

St. James United (Methodist) Church
150 Colborne Street South
Simcoe, ON N3Y 4H6 CA
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 70301

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Church of Canada
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
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)
  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
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 (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: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Combination Action Name: Artisan
  • 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
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.
Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022:

Identified through online information from John Van Maanen, who has personal knowledge of the organ.

This phase in the organ's life consisted of tonal revision of the Choir and Swell with the addition of a new 1-3/5' Tierce to the Swell; and the 1930's console was upgraded to Artisan solid state with MIDI stops added.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.
1920 Casvant Pipe Organ: Open In New Tab History of the organ, documenting tonal changes, console work, etc. Current (Feb. 2022) stoplist.
Document created on 2022-02-16
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on February 16, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 2019

Chancel with facade: Photograph by John Van Maanen, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-07-15

Console: Photograph by John Van Maanen, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-07-15

Console: right stopjamb: Photograph by John Van Maanen, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-07-15

Console: left stopjamb: Photograph by John Van Maanen, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-07-15

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