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Casavant Frères Ltée. (Opus 1302, 1929)

Location:

University Christian Church
4731 15th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98105 US
Organ ID: 984

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Disciples of Christ / Christian Church
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on April 17, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil
  • 51 ranks. 3,439 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 43 stops. 59 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil 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 April 17, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 43
  • Registers: 59
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on April 17, 2019.
Database Manager on February 11, 2019:

Updated by Robert Otey, who gave this as the source of the information: involved in removal and parting out of the organ in January 2019.

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

Database Manager on June 08, 2015:

Updated through online information from Stephen Wilen. -- On "Black Tuesday," October 29, 1929, Marcel Dupré played a recital on this organ. The Seattle Public Library has original programs from this recital, and the church has copies, as well as copies of newspaper articles that announced the upcoming recital.

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

Database Manager on April 18, 2015:

Updated through online information from Sean Haley.

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

Database Manager on February 27, 2015:

Updated through online information from Sean Haley. -- The organ is in an urgent state of needing thorough restoration. Reservoirs are failing as are chest mechanics. Only the Swell expression was replaced with new pneumatic engines from a supply house. The Choir and Solo retain their original Casavant engines. Winding for the percussions, located behind the Choir and Solo boxes was disconnected by another organ service person, as are the tremulants to both the Choir and Solo. The mixtures of both the Great and Swell had previously been altered by removing the Tierces and the 1 1/7' in the Great. The pipes were found scattered in various cardboard boxes in the chambers and, for the Great, were recently returned as much as possible. The console and its combination action mechanics are quite worn and prone to jamming or not setting.

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

Database Manager on May 13, 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 16, 2006:

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 16, 2006:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- In the 1970s, the original Great 8' Trumpet was damaged beyond repair by vandals and was, indeed, replaced by a rank of Möller Trumpet pipes. However, in June 1997, Herb & Marianne Heustis located a Vintage Casavant Trumpet from the former organ at Dominion Douglas Church in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and installed these in place of the substitute Möller pipes. At that time, new slide tuners were also fitted to the Great 4' Octave and V Mixture. 1997 also saw the replacement of the original Casavant expression shutter motors and related mechanism with new motors and mechanism. The console - while still in the same location - was turned 90 degrees to the right, allowing the organist to face across the chancel with the congregation to the right. The sanctuary also had a 2-manual, Moller "Double Artiste" installed in the rear gallery; was sold in 1994 to St. Clement's (Riverdale) Anglican Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The chapel houses a 2-manual, 11-rank Balcom and Vaughan.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Great Trumpet 8' replaced by Möller Trumpet. Rest of stops original Casavant. Work by Hertert & Marianne Huestis underway.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Taken from the console March, 2008
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photo by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1988-08-12

Console: Photograph courtesy of the Casavant Frères Archives. Taken on 1929-11-22

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