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Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 17:23:10 +0000
From: Lawrence de Martin
Subject: Re: [CB] [Contra Digest]

Timothy J. Tikker wrote:

> This organ, built 1951-52 by Aeolian-Skinner of Boston and designed by Lawrence Phelps, originally
> had 235 ranks, including four at 32' pitch, none at 64'.

Then are there no 64' pipes in North America?  Will I have to go to Europe to hear the real thing?

Larry de Martin


From: LeliaLoban
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 19:46:08 EDT
Subject: [CB] Mother Church of CS, Boston

Regarding whether or not the Phelps Aeolian-Skinner organ in the Christian
Science Mother Church in Boston has a 64' rank, Timothy J. Tikker wrote,
>I've studied the stoplist of this organ for years, and just saw it again in the booklet for this
>year's national convention of the Organ Historical Society, which was held in Boston.
>The organ has undergone changes in recent years, culminating in a recent restoration supervised by
>Phelps, shortly before his recent death.  From the OHS program book I saw the the Great 32' is no
>more, having been replaced with an 8' Harmonic Flute.  But there was still no 64' stop.

Thanks so much for clearing that up.  When I saw the original messages I went
hunting all over the Internet for the mythical 64' pipe.  I think there are
still only two organs in the world with an actual 64' speaking rank (as
opposed to a resultant), no?  One in that Atlantic City Midmer-Losch and
another one in Sidney, AU?  I keep hoping NBC will show that Sidney rank
somewhere in the Olympics broadcasts, but no joy so far, although I've been
fast-forwarding through so many of NBC's ghoulish soap opera features about
personal hardships that are none of the public's business that I might have
missed quite a lot.  Has anyone seen a mention of the organ in Sidney?

If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest have to drown too?

Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 19:15:20 -0700
From: "Chuck Guzis"
Subject: Re: [CB] Mother Church of CS, Boston

On 9/27/00,  LeliaLoban  wrote:

>  Has anyone seen a mention of the organ in Sidney?

Is that the one in Centennial Hall mentioned in Audsley?


P.S.  You mean there are no diaphones, physharmonicas, or electronic stops in the USA with a 64'voice?  Amazing!

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