Quimby Pipe Organs Inc.
Dauphin Way United Methodist Church - Opus 63
DAUPHIN WAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH’S old organ was built by the Reuter Organ Company of Lawrence, Kansas, in 1956, and was the firm’s Opus 1195. It had 3 manuals and pedals with 44 ranks of pipes. By the beginning of the twenty-first century this instrument was beginning to show its age. This was true both with regard to its tonal design, no longer suited to modern liturgical requirements, and its mechanism, which was starting to become unreliable. Looking around for a suitable replacement, the church settled on the Warrensburg, Missouri firm of Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. Michael Quimby, QPO’s President and Tonal Director, has designed a new 4 manual-and-pedal organ with 71 ranks of pipes, 27 of which were retained from the old Reuter organ and revoiced to blend with the new instrument.

While the Quimby firm prides itself on being able to produce organs that sound good in almost any building, in the case of Dauphin Way the extremely fine acoustics of the church help to enhance the voicing in ways that cannot be achieved so well in a dead acoustic. The voicing is further enhanced by the way that the pipework is laid out on the windchests and by the design of the windchests themselves. All manual flue ranks, except for the offset windchests used for ranks which are duplexed or unified, are placed on QPO electro-pneumatic Blackinton-style slider windchests. Electro-pneumatic pouch wind chests are used for the offsets.

The casework, which is matched to the classical architecture of the church, is designed to project the sound of the instrument to the optimum degree. In particular, the very attractive new casework of the Antiphonal division is modeled on some of the Greek Revival cases produced in the middle of the nineteenth century by American organbuilders such as the Hook Brothers of Boston. Tonally the instrument is unusual in a number of ways. First, it has four enclosed manual divisions, whereas most instruments of this size would only have two or three. Secondly, the 32 ft. and 16 ft. reed stops are all full-length all the way down to low C, rather than being half-length to save space and money, as they would be in many instruments of this size. There are no so-called “digital” electronic ranks in the organ, and all the ranks consist entirely of real pipes. The instrument contains certain features of the “Orchestral” style of organ, popular in the early twentieth century, which QPO has played a leading part in reviving and developing over the last decade or so. Among these, this particular instrument makes use of QPO’s exclusive design of French Horn stop, developed by head voicer Eric Johnson and first used at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church in Richardson, Texas. For the first time in a new QPO organ, the Dauphin Way instrument has revived the use of the Flared Gamba stop, similar to those used by Ernest M. Skinner in the early 1930s. There is a matching Flared Gamba Celeste stop, and indeed the instrument contains a total of five Celeste stops, a feature generally confined to instruments more than double the size of this one. The organ is designed to be versatile enough to play from every national school and period of musical composition, and the brilliant choruses are designed to be equally at home with classical and orchestral styles of music.

Organ Specification

GREAT ORGAN Enclosed (Flues 5-1/2" wp, Reeds 6-1/2" wp) 15 Ranks
Open Diapason16'491-12 from Pedal 16' Open Metal Diapason
First Diapason8'61
Second Diapason8'61
Stopped Flute8'61
Dulciana8'61from Choir
Wald Flute4'61
Twelfth2 2/3'61
Mixture IV1 1/3'244
Contra Trumpet16'61from Swell
Tuba8'61from Solo
Harmonic Trumpet8'61from Antiphonal
Flute Tremolo
Chimes21 notes
Great to Great16'
Great Unison Off
Great to Great4'
Chimes21 notes

SWELL ORGAN Enclosed (Flues 5-1/2" wp, Reeds 6-1/2" wp) 22 Ranks
Chimney Flute8'61
Gamba Celeste8'61
Flauto Dolce8'61
Flute Celeste GG8'54
Nazard2 2/3'61
Tierce1 3/5'61
Mixture IV2 2/3'244
Contra Trumpet16'61
Contra Oboe16'73
Vox Humana8'61
Swell to Swell16'
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell4'
Antiphonal on Swell

CHOIR ORGAN Enclosed (5-1/2" wp) 13 Ranks
Contra Dulciana16'73
Geigen Diapason8'61
Flauto Traverso8'61
Gemshorn Celeste GG8'54
Unda Maris TC8'49
Geigen Octave4'61
Harmonic Flute4'61
Harmonic Piccolo2'61
Mixture III2'183
Tuba8'61from Solo
Harmonic Trumpet8'61from Antiphonal
French Horn8'61from Solo
English Horn8'61from Solo
Choir to Choir16'
Choir Unison Off
Choir to Choir4'
Antiphonal on Choir

SOLO ORGAN Enclosed (Flues and English Horn 10" wp; Tuba and French Horn 20" wp) 7 Ranks
Flauto Mirabilis8'61
Flared Gamba8'61
Flared Gamba Celeste8'61
Harmonic Flute4'61
French Horn8'61
English Horn8'61
Harmonic Trumpet4'61from Antiphonal
Solo to Solo16'
Solo Unison Off
Solo to Solo4'

PEDAL ORGAN (Flues 5-1/2" wp, 6-1/2" wp, Reed 6-1/2" wp) 7 Ranks
Contra Bourdon32'32ext (1-5 and 7 Resultant)
Open Metal Diapason16'56
Spitzflute16'32from Swell
Contra Dulciana16'32from Choir
Spitzflute8'32from Swell
Dulciana8'32from Choir
Super Octave4'32ext
Spitzflute4'32from Swell
Mixture IV2 2/3'124
Contra Trombone32'32ext
Contra Trumpet16'32from Swell
Contra Oboe16'32from Swell
Trumpet8'32from Swell
Oboe8'32from Swell
Tromba Clarion4'32ext
Tuba8'32from Solo
Harmonic Trumpet8'32from Antiphonal

ANTIPHONAL ORGAN (Flues 4-1/2"wp, Reed 10" wp) 7 Ranks
Open Diapason8'61
Fifteenth2'61from Mixture III
Mixture III2'183
Harmonic Trumpet8'61

Bourdon16'32from Antiphonal
Bourdon8'32from Antiphonal

Great to Pedal8'-4'
Swell to Pedal8'-4'
Choir to Pedal8'-4'
Solo to Pedal8'-4'
Antiphonal to Pedal8'
Swell to Great16'-8'-4'
Choir to Great16'-8'-4'
Solo to Great16'-8'-4'
Choir to Swell8'
Solo to Swell16'-8'-4'
Great to Choir8'
Swell to Choir16'-8'-4'
Solo to Choir16'-8'-4'
Pedal to Choir8'
Great to Solo8'
Swell to Solo8'
All Swells to Swell

COMBINATION ACTION Peterson ICS 4000, 256 levels of memory
Great Organ Thumb pistons1-8
Swell Organ Thumb pistons1-8
Choir Organ Thumb pistons1-8
Solo Organ Thumb pistons1-8
Antiphonal Organ Thumb pistons1-8
Pedal Organ Thumb pistons1-8 and toe studs
General Pistons thumb pistons1-18, 1-6 and 14-18 duplicated by toe studs
Next Piston Piston Sequencer
Previous Piston Piston Sequencer
Set Piston
General Cancel Piston

General Crescendo Pedal 60 positions, three adjustable and one standard
Great Expression Pedal
Swell Expression Pedal
Choir/Solo Expression Pedal

Great to PedalThumb and toe paddle
Swell to PedalThumb and toe paddle
Choir to PedalThumb and toe paddle
Choir to PedalThumb and toe paddle
Solo to PedalThumb and toe paddle
Swell to GreatThumb and toe paddle
Choir to GreatThumb
Solo to GreatThumb and toe paddle
Swell to ChoirThumb
32' Contra BourdonThumb and toe paddle
32' TromboneThumb and toe paddle
SforzandoThumb and toe paddle
All Swells to SwellThumb
Manual Transfer

P O Box 434 Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
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