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W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 7119, 1933)

Location:

Memorial Auditorium
Main & Highland (Lincoln Square)
Worcester, MA 01609 US
Organ ID: 7099

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Status and Condition:

  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 107 ranks. 6,841 pipes. 4 manuals. 88 stops. 127 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 88
  • Registers: 127
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • 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 Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action 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 May 03, 2018:

Organ dedicated on November 6, 1933, with a recital by Palmer Christian.

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

Database Manager on May 06, 2015:

Updated through online information from Richard Harrold. -- The Kimball was used at Preservation Worcester's "Aud Ball" on June 8th, 2013, and does appear to be appreciated.
A video of the evening (and specifically a clip of the organ, heard in the Widor 5th Symphony Toccata) can be found at https://youtu.be/SYnQOF5Ho0A?t=3m28s - considering it hasn't been played, and the auditorium has been shuttered, since the mid 1990s, it sounds in remarkably fine voice - testament to Kimball's build quality.

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

Database Manager on February 23, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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 1983

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

In danger 1998 - plans to use building for office space.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Worcester War Memorial Auditorium website: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Supplementary Information: Open In New Tab Document created on 2005-06-04
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

War Memorial Auditorium - building exterior: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Auditorium interior with front grilles: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Right-side grille: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Grille detail: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Console: Expression and Crescendo indicators: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

Grille above proscenium: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1982

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