Pipe Organ Database

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W. W. Kimball Co. (Opus 7030, 1928)

Location:

Minneapolis Auditorium
1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN US
Organ ID: 9136

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been removed from this location and currently in storage.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on August 08, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 123 ranks. 7,884 pipes. 102 stops. 130 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on August 08, 2018.
Main:
  • Stops: 102
  • Registers: 130
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on August 08, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018:

Organ removed to storage.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on August 08, 2018.

Database Manager on February 07, 2014:

Updated through online information from Lawrence Lee.

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

Database Manager on April 12, 2013:

Updated through online information from Edward Copeland. -- This organ has 2 consoles, one 5 manual drawknob, with 157 speaking stops controlling 123 ranks, and one 4 manual horseshoe console with 256 stops sharing 23 of the concert organs ranks, but also the *' Kinura which only played from the horseshoe console. Pistons were also provided to cancel the swell shades on the "other" console; thus if someone left them open on the horse shoe you could cancel them from the concert console, or vice versa. Originally the 2 consoles were mounted on lifts in the center of the orchestra pit, but during a 1965 remodeling of the building they were relocated to the sides (5 manual under the great on the left side, and the 4 was put under the swell on the right. The consoles were then mounted on slides, like Radio City Music Hall.

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

Database Manager on October 05, 2012:

Updated through online information from Richard C Greene. -- This organ is actually two organs, a V/122 concert organ and a IV/24 unit theatre organ. Addition of two mixture stops by M.P. Möller in 1957. When the auditorium was demolished in 1987, plans called for the instrument to be reinstalled in the new convention center. However, the project failed due to financial problems and was never finished. The organ remains in situ in its chambers at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The organ was dedicated by Lynnwood Farnam and Eddy Dunsteader

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

Database Manager on September 26, 2008:

Updated through information from Scot Huntington: "The organ was removed to storage some years ago, and the money for restoration disappeared. At present, the organ's future is dark, with no current plans for its reinstallation."

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Two consoles: 5m drawknob (classic) and 4m horseshoe (theatre). Repaired by Moller c. 1957. Removed 1989 for renovation and reinstallation in new building.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
"Minneapolis Works to Keep a Vital Organ Alive" by David P. Engen: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Console: Image from a brochure; provided by Ronald S. Crowl. Taken on 1971-05-14

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