Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

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First United Methodist Church

Omaha, Nebraska
Four manuals, 64 ranks; Year complete: 1991

The sanctuary organ of First United Methodist, designed and built by Quimby Pipe Organs Inc., Warrensburg, Missouri, is a four-manual electro-pneumatic instrument with 64 ranks. It contains a total of 3,599 pipes. Instrument layout, tonal design, including voicing procedure, and scaling were accomplished by Michael Quimby.

The casework of the console is of oak veneer. The exposed casework supporting the façade pipes is of poplar with oak veneer. The 54 pipes visible on either side of the chancel are part of the great division principal chorus and are of polished zinc with gold accent at the mouth of each pipe. Above each set is a natural oak wood veneer ‘flame’ visually connecting with the United Methodist denominational symbol. The horizontal Trompette-en-chamade located in the antiphonal gallery is of polished copper with flared bells.

The console was designed by Michael Quimby and Richard Miller. The drawknobs and tilting tablets are from Harris Precision Products. The key and stop functions are controlled by a Solid State Logic multiplex relay system. The combination action by Solid State Logic with 24 levels of memory has three ventils, four crescendo settings of which three are programmable by the organist and a sforzando reversible which is inclusive of stops drawn and independently adjustable on each memory level.

All new pipes were constructed according to the specifications of the organbuilder by A.R. Schopp’s Sons Inc. and Thomas Anderson. The reed ranks were voiced by Fred Oyster and Robert Schopp. Voicing of certain stops and assistance with tonal finishing was provided by John Hendriksen. Electronics are used for notes 1-12 of the 32’ Bourdon. The English Horn rank is the first to be built in the exact Æolian -Skinner style in the past 20 years. Michael Quimby made this possible by acquiring the patterns from the former Æolian–Skinner head pipe maker, Thomas H. Anderson.

Other members of Quimby Pipe Organs making significant contributions to the construction of the instrument were Richard Miller, mechanical engineering and installation; Randy Watkins, electrical and installation; Marvin Murphree, reservoirs and releathering; Larry Lasater, woodworking; Chris Emerson, windchests and leathering; and Erik Johnson, tuning, tonal finishing and installation. The exterior design was by Charles S. Ford.

Organ Specification

GREAT ORGAN
NamePitchPipes
Sub Principal16'49
Quintaton16'61
Principal8'61
Bourdon8'61
Octave4'61
Spitz Flöte4'61
Quinte2 2/3'61
Super Octave2'61
Mixture IV-V1 1/3'268
Trumpet8'73
Clarion4'61
Trompette en Chamade8'61
Chimes

SWELL ORGAN
NamePitchPipes
Gemshorn16'61
Spitz Principal8'61
Rohr Flöte8'61
Viola Pomposa8'61
Viola Celeste TC8'49
Octave4'61
Flauto Traverso4'61
Flagelot2'61
Mixture IV2'244
Basson Hautbois16'73
Trompette8'61
Hautbois8'61
Vox Humana8'61
Clarion8'61
Tremolo

CHOIR ORGAN
NamePitchPipes
Spitz Gamba8'61
Gedeckt8'61
Harmonic Flauto Dolce8'61
Harmonic Flauto Dolce Celeste TC8'49
Principal4'61
Nachthorn4'61
Nazard2 2/3'61
Octave2'61
Block Flöte4'61
Tierce1 3/5'61
Mixture III1'183
Trumpet8'61
Krummhorn8'61
Rohr Schalmei4'61
Cymbal Stern
Tremolo
Trompette en Chamade8'61

SOLO ORGAN
NamePitchPipes
Flute Harmonique8'61
Viole de Gambe8'61
Viole Celeste GG8'54
Bombarde16'85
Trompette Harmonique8'61
English Horn8'61
Clarion Harmonique4'61
Tremolo
Chimes
Trompette en Chamade8'61

PEDAL ORGAN
NamePitchPipesDescription
Bourdon32'56
Contre Basse16'32
Bourdon16'32
Gemshorn16'32from Swell
Quintaton16'32from Great
Octave8'56
Bourdon8'32
Gemshorn8'32from Swell
Quinte5 1/3'44
Super Octave4'32
Bourdon4'32
Quinte2 2/3'32
Octave2'32
Mixture II3 1/5'64
Contre Bonbarde32'32
Bombarde16'32from Solo
Basson Hautbois16'32from Swell
Trompette8'32from Solo
Trumpet8'32from Great
Hautbois8'32from Swell
Clarion4'32from Solo
Rohr Schalmei4'32from Choir
Trompette en Chamade8'32

ANTIPHONAL ORGAN
NamePitchPipes
Gedeckt8'73
Salicional8'61
Principal4'61
Mixture II2'122
Trompette8'61

ANTIPHONAL PEDAL
NamePitchPipes
Subbass16'32
Gedeckt8'32
Flöte4'32

COUPLERS
NamePitch
Great Unison Off
Antiphonal on Great, Swell, Choir, Solo
Swell to Swell16'-4'
Choir to Choir16'-4'
Solo to Solo16'-4'
Swell to Great16'-8'-4'
Choir to Great16'-8'-4'
Solo to Great16'-8'-4'
Swell to Choir16'-8'-4'
Solo to Choir16'-8'-4'
Great to Solo8'
Swell to Solo8'
Great to Choir8'
Great to Pedal8'
Swell to Pedal8'-4'
Choir to Pedal8'-4'
Solo to Pedal8'-4'
Antiphonal to Pedal8'

COMBINATION ACTION
Name
24 Level Solid State Logic System
General Pistons 1 through 16 thumb pistons 1/12 duplicated by toe studs
Great Pistons 1 through 8, Cancel
Swell Pistons 1 through 8, Cancel
Choir Pistons 1 through 8, Cancel
Solo Pistons 1 through 8, Cancel
Pedal Pistons 1 through 8, Cancel, duplicated by toe studs
Antiphonal Pistons 1 through 4, Cancel
Couplers Pistons 1 through 4
General Cancel Piston
Set Piston
Ensemble Pistons 1 through 4 exclusive of stops drawn

PEDAL MOVEMENTS
Name
Crescendo Pedal one standard, three adjustable by organist
Swell Expression Pedal
Choir Expression Pedal
Solo Expression Pedal
Reeds Off Ventil
Manual 16's and Pedal 32' Off Ventil
Great to Pedal Reversible thumb and paddle
Swell to Pedal Reversible thumb and paddle
Choir to Pedal Reversible thumb and paddle
Solo to Pedal Reversible thumb and paddle
Swell to Great Reversible thumb and paddle
Choir to Great thumb piston
Great to Choir thumb piston
32' Bourdon Reversible thumb piston and paddle
32' Bombarde Reversible thumb piston and paddle
Cymbal Stern Reversible thumb piston
Sforzando Reversible thumb piston and paddle adjustable by organist

ACTION
Name
Windchests Electro-pneumatic
64 Ranks, 3,599 pipes

Quimby Pipe Organs Inc.
P O Box 434
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093

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