Quimby Pipe Organs Inc.
William Jewell College - Opus 55
Like all good organs of its size, Quimby Pipe Organs' Opus 55 contains all the stops necessary for good liturgical accompaniment and for the successful performance of organ music from all periods. In contrast to most organs, however, the story does not end here, and the new Gano Chapel organ is a very special instrument indeed. For a start, it possesses an unusually high proportion of reed stops, always the sign of a lavish instrument, including some interesting color reeds like the English Horn stop, generally only found on much larger organs. Furthermore, the presence of two contrasting "big" reeds on 15" wind -- the Tuba and Trompette Harmonique -- is a luxury rarely found even on the largest instruments. These, used either separately or together, provide a wonderful climax to the sound of the full organ. Among the balanced strings and flutes on every division there are no fewer than three Celeste stops, and two of these strings are even extended down to 16' pitch. There are, indeed, open 16' stops on every division -- something that is generally only a feature of the largest organs. Good principal choruses on every division are a feature of all good organs, but to have an 8' Diapason on every manual, and a 16' Diapason on the Great, is again something of a luxury in an organ of this size. Finally, there is an impressive Pedal division with two 32' stops, including a real 32' Contra Trombone. The construction and voicing of the pipes is unusual, making use of thick spotted metal (a lead/tin alloy). This in some cases is carried down to the 5-1/3' pipe rather than just to the 4' pipe as is usual. The construction and voicing of the flue pipes in many ways consciously recalls the work of the great English organbuilder T. C. Lewis.

It is not just the tonal resources that make Opus 55 a very special organ. The mechanism features Quimby Pipe Organs' own design of Johnson-Blackinton slider windchests with electro-pneumatic pallets. Moreover -- and this feature is so far unique to the Gano Chapel instrument -- these have been combined with a newly-designed compact version of the double primaries that were used in the famous Skinner organs of three-quarters of a century ago. This arrangement produces a mechanism that is extremely kind to the pipe speech and at the same time results in an amazing clarity even in the most rapid passages. To this the QPO system of wind reservoirs and schwimmers adds a wind source that is gently expressive but at the same time free from any hint of instability.





Organ Specification

GREAT ORGAN (flues 4 1/2 "wp, reeds 5"wp)
NamePitchDescription
Open Diapason16'1-12 from Pedal
Open Diapason8'
Harmonic Flute8'
Chimney Flute8'
Violoncello8'
Octave4'
Spire Flute4'
Twelfth2 2/3'
Fifteenth2'
Seventeenth1 3/5'
Mixture IV - VI1 1/3'
Sharp Mixture III2/3'
Contra Trumpet16'Rank prepared for
Contra Oboe16'from Swell
Trumpet8'
Clarion4'
Tuba8'from Choir
Fanfare Trumpet8'from Choir
Midi on Great

SWELL ORGAN (flues 4 1/2"wp, reeds 5"wp)
NamePitchDescription
Contra Gamba16'
Diapason8'
Gamba8'ext
Gamba Celeste8'
Stopped Diapason8'
Flauto Dolce8'
Flute Celeste (TC)8'
Octave4'
Nachthorn4'
Nazard2 2/3'
Flageolet2'
Tierce1 3/5'
Mixture IV2'
Contra Oboe16'
Trompette8'
Oboe8'ext
Vox Humana8'
Clarion4'
Fanfare Trumpet8'from Choir
Tremolo
Midi on Swell

CHOIR ORGAN (flues 4 1/2"wp, reeds 5 1/2" -15"wp)
NamePitchDescription
Erzähler16'
Geigen Diapason8'
Flauto Traverso8'
Erzähler8'ext
Erzähler Celeste (TC)8'
Geigen Octave4'
Harmonic Flute4'
Piccolo2'
Mixture III1'
Tuba8'
Clarinet-Cromorne8'
English Horn8'
Fanfare Trumpet8'
Tremolo
Midi on Choir

PEDAL ORGAN (flues 4"wp, reeds 7 1/2"wp)
NamePitchDescription
Contra Bourdon32'1-12 digital
Open Diapason16'
Bourdon16'ext
Contra Gamba16'from Swell
Erzähler16'from Choir
Octave8'ext
Bourdon8'ext
Gamba8'from Swell
Erzähler8'from Choir
Choral Bass4'
Bourdon4'ext
Mixture IVRank prepared for
Contra Trombone32'
Trombone16'ext
Contra Trumpet16'from Great, Rank prepared for
Contra Oboe16'from Swell
Trombone8'ext
Trumpet8'from Great
Oboe8'from Swell
Cantus Trumpet4'ext
Oboe4'from Swell
Fanfare Trumpet8'from Choir

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