Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

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Sky Rose Chapel

Whittier, California
4 manuals, 65 ranks; Year complete: 1997

The pipe organ for SkyRose Chapel is a four manual instrument of 65 ranks, which contains 3,937 pipes. The Solo division played from the fourth manual features several historical reed ranks built by the Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner Organ Companies of Boston, Massachusetts. These include the Tuba (c. 1924), French Horn (c. 1946), English Horn (c. 1946), and Corno di Bassetto (c. 1946). The instrument is provided with Chime and Harp stops. The 20 tubular Deagan Class A Chimes built in 1924 are played by an electro-pneumatic striking action and the restored Harp with 61 bars and resonators featuring their original electro-pneumatic action was built by the Skinner Organ Company in 1929.

The visible casework for the SkyRose pipe organ is constructed of oak and contains 38 painted zinc pipes with pipe metal mouths painted gold and nine oak pipes. The pipes in the central case are functional and are part of the Pedal 32-16-8' Principal, and Great 16' Violone. The longest pipe in the facade is 32' G of the Pedal Principal rank. The wood pipes in the side case are part of the Pedal 16' Bourdon rank. The pedal organ contains a full length 32' Posaune which is located in the alcove behind the exposed wood pipes.

The exterior of the console was designed in consultation with Fay Jones and Maurice Jennings. The parts of the console played by the organist include 133 drawknobs on each side of the manuals which control the stops and intra-manual couplers, and the coupler rail above the keyboards containing 30 couplers allowing the organist to couple one or more manuals to another. The manuals, drawknobs, and tilting coupler tablets were constructed by Harris Precision Products, Whittier, California. The key and stop functions are controlled by a Peterson Electro-Musical Products Multiplex relay system which includes a MIDI, allowing the instrument to be played from a sequence recorder. The combination action controlled by thumb pistons beneath the keys of the manuals and various toe pistons and paddles above the pedal board, also by Peterson Electro-Musical Products, has 99 levels of memory, piston sequencer, three general ventil pistons to control Reeds Off, Mixtures Off, and Manual 16's and Pedal 32's Off, three ensemble pistons, and three programmable Crescendo settings.

The wind for the pipes is provided by blowers that equal 11 HP. The wind for playing the pipes is stored in 14 reservoirs and four schwimmers regulated to the required wind pressures. Wind pressures range from 15" measured by water gauge for the Tuba to 4" for the Choir division.

Members of Quimby Pipe Organ, Inc., making significant contributions in the construction of the instrument are Doug Christie, Chris Emerson, Charles Ford, Johanna Harrington, Eric Johnson, Kevin Kissinger, Brad McGuffey, Michael Miller, Gary Olden, Michael Quimby, Wayne Shirk, Stan Sparrowhawk, Elizabeth Viscusi, and Randy Watkins.

Organ Specification

 

GREAT ORGAN Unenclosed
NamePitchPipesDescription
Violone 16' 73 1-12 in facade
Diapason 8' 54 1-7 from pedal Principal
Principal 8' 61  
Violoncello 8' 61 extension 16' Violone
Harmonic Flute 8' 49 1-12 from 8' Bourdon
Bourdon 8' 61  
Octave 4' 61  
Koppel Flute 4' 61  
Quint 2 2/3' 61  
Super Octave 2' 61  
Mixtures IV 1 1/3' 244 19-22-26-29
Bombarde 16' 61 extension Trompette
Tuba Mirabilis 8' 61 duplexed from Solo
Trompette Harmonique 8' 73  
Trumpet 8' 85  
Cromorne 8' 61 duplexed from Choir
Clarion Harmonique 4' 61  
Tremolo      
Chimes     duplexed from Solo
Harp     duplexed from Solo
Tower Chimes      
MIDI on Great      

 

SWELL ORGAN
NamePitchPipesDescription
Gedeckt 16' 80  
Gedeckt 8' 68 extension 16' Gedeckt
Viola 8' 80  
Viola Celeste 8' 80  
Salicional 8' 68  
Voix Celeste 8' 68  
Principal 4' 68  
Nachthorn 4' 68  
Viola 4' 68 extension 8' Viola
Viola Celeste 4' 68 extension 8' Viola Celeste
Rohr Nazat 2 2/3' 61  
Octave 2' 61  
Flageolet 2' 61  
Tierce 1 3/5' 61  
Plein Jeu IV 2' 183 2' Rank from Octave
Hautbois 16' 80  
Trompette 8' 80  
Hautbois 8' 68 extension 16' Hautbois
Vox Humana 8' 68  
Vox Mystique 8' 68 Vox Humana box closed
Clarion 4' 68  
Tremolo      
Chimes      
MIDI on Swell      

 

CHOIR ORGAN Enclosed
NamePitchPipesDescription
Silver Flute 16' 80 1-12 electronic
Flauto Mirabilis 8' 68 duplexed from Solo
Gamba 8' 68 duplexed from Solo
Gamba Celeste 8' 68 duplexed from Solo
Rohrflute 8' 68  
Gemshorn 8' 68  
Melodia 8' 56 1-12 from Rohrflute
Silver Flute 8' 68 extension 16' Silver Flute
Silver Flute Celeste TC 8' 56  
Principal 4' 68  
Orchestral Flute 4' 68 duplexed from Solo
Spitz Flute 4' 68  
Silver Flute 4' 68 extension 16' Silver Flute
Nazard 2 2/3' 61  
Octave 2' 61  
Block Flute 2' 61  
Tierce 1 3/5' 61  
Mixture III Ranks 1' 183 22-26-29
Cromorne 16' 80  
Trompette Harmonique 8' 61 duplexed from Great
Cromorne 8' 61 extension 16' Cromorne
Clarion Harmonique 4' 61 duplexed from Great
Tuba Mirabilis 8' 61 duplexed from Solo
Tremolo      
Chimes      
Harp 8'   duplexed from Solo
Celeste 4'   duplexed from Solo
MIDI on Choir      

 

SOLO ORGAN Enclosed
NamePitchPipesDescription
Contra Gamba 16' 80 1-12 electronic
Flauto Mirabilis 8' 68  
Gamba 8' 68 extension 16' Gamba
Gamba Celeste 8' 68  
Orchestral Flute 4' 68  
Gambette 4' 68 extension 16' Gamba
English Horn 8' 73  
French Horn 8' 73  
Corno di Bassetto 8' 73  
Tuba Mirabilis 8' 80  
Clarion Tuba 4' 68 extension Tuba Mirabilis
Tremolo      
Harp 8' 61 electro-pneumatic action
Celesta 4' 49 extension 8' Harp
Tower Chimes     rank prepared for
Chimes   20 Deagan Class A
MIDI on Solo      

 

PEDAL ORGAN
NamePitchPipesDescription
SubPrincipal 8-31 case 32' 49 1-7 electronic
Contra Bourdon 32' 56 1-12 electronic
Principal 16' 32 extension 32' Principal
Violone 16' 32 duplexed from Great
Bourdon 16' 32 extension 32' Bourdon
Gamba 16' 32 duplexed from Solo
Gedeckt 16' 32 duplexed from Swell
Silver Flute 16' 32 duplexed from Choir
Octave 8' 32 extension 16' Principal
Violoncello 8' 32 duplexed from Great
Viola Celeste 8' 32 duplexed from Swell
Bourdon 8' 32 extension 32' Bourdon
Gedeckt 8' 32 duplexed from Swell
Choral Bass 4' 32  
Bourdon 4' 32 extension 32' Bourdon
Mixture IV 2 2/3' 128  
Contra Posaune 32' 32 extension Great Trumpet
Contra Basson 32' 32 1-12 electronic, duplexed from Swell Hautbois
Posaune 16' 32 extension from Great Trumpet
Bombarde 16' 32 duplexed from Great
Hautbois 16' 32 duplexed from Swell
Cromorne 16' 32 duplexed from Choir
Tuba Mirabilis 8' 32 duplexed from Solo
Trumpet 8' 32 duplexed from Great
Trompette Harmonique 8' 32 duplexed from Great
Hautbois 8' 32 duplexed from Great
Hautbois 8' 32 duplexed from Great
Clarion 4' 32 from Great Trumpet
Hautbois 4' 32 from Swell Hautbois
Cromorne 4' 32 from Choir Cromorne
Chimes   21 from Solo
MIDI on Pedal      

 

COUPLERS
NamePitch
Great to Pedal 8'-4'
Swell to Pedal 8'-4'
Choir to Pedal 8'-4'
Solo to Pedal 8'-4'
Swell to Great 16'-8'-4'
Choir to Great 16'-8'-4'
Solo to Great 16'-8'-4'
Choir to Swell 8'
Solo to Swell 16'-8'-4'
Great to Choir 8'
Swell to Choir 16'-8'-4'
Solo to Choir 16'-8'-4'
Great to Solo 8'
Swell to Solo 8'
Great to Great 16'-4' Unison Off
Swell to Swell 16'-4' Unison Off
Choir to Choir 16'-4' Unison Off
Solo to Solo 16'-4' Unison Off
All Swells to Swell  

 

GENERAL & DIVISIONAL PISTONS
NameDescription
Great Organ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 Thumb Pistons
Swell Organ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 Thumb Pistons
Choir Organ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 Thumb Pistons
Solo Organ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 Thumb Pistons
Pedal Organ 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-0 Thumb Pistons & Toe
General Pistons 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18; Thumb Pistons, Generals 1-6 and 13-18 duplicated by toe studs
Next Piston  
Previous Piston  
Set Piston  
General Cancel Piston  

 

CRESCENDO & EXPRESSION PEDALS
NameDescription
General Crescendo Pedal (60 positions) Standard Crescendo  
Peterson Crescendo Indicator Crescendo A Programmable, Crescendo B Programmable, Crescendo C Programmable
Swell Expression Pedal 16 stages electro-pneumatic
Choir Expression Pedal 16 stages electro-pneumatic
Solo Expression Pedal 16 stages electro-pneumatic

 

REVERSIBLES
NameDescription
Great to Pedal Thumb and Harris Paddle
Swell to Pedal Thumb and Harris Paddle
Choir to Pedal Thumb and Harris Paddle
Solo to Pedal Thumb and Harris Paddle
Swell to Great Thumb and Harris Paddle
Choir to Great Thumb
Solo to Great Thumb and Harris Paddle
Swell to Choir Thumb
32' Principal Thumb and Harris Paddle
32' Bourdon Thumb
32' Contra Posaune Thumb and Harris Paddle
32' Contra Basson Thumb
Sforzando Thumb and Harris Paddle
All Swells to Swell Thumb
Manual Transfer Thumb

 

MIDI
Name
Yamaha MDF-2 Sequencer
MIDI in and out jacks
Duplicate Sequencer out jack

 

PISTON SEQUENCER
Name
Peterson Electro-Musical Products

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

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