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W. W. Kimball Company
Chicago IL, Opus 7119, 1933 EP
Organ Historical Society Plaque given 1983
107 Ranks          6853 Pipes

HISTORY   •   SPECS   •   AUDIO RECORDINGS   •   PHOTO GALLERY
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Left stop jamb
Left stop jamb
Facing the stage, the enclosed Great chamber is on top left, unenclosed Great middle left, Pedal bottom left; Solo is top right, Swell is middle right, Choir is bottom right
Facing the stage, the enclosed Great chamber is on top left, unenclosed Great middle left, Pedal bottom left; Solo is top right, Swell is middle right, Choir is bottom right
Right stop jamb
Right stop jamb

GREAT: 61 notes, enclosed [top left chamber]
16 Contra Basse (open) (ext.) 12w
8 IV Diapason sc45 61m
8 Viola (tapered) sc51/55 61m
8 Bourdon 61w
8 Melodia 61w
4 II Octave sc56 61m
4 Flute Ouverte 61w&m
2 Super Octave 61m [stored in the side of the chamber due to split chest due to roof leaks]
VI Harmonics 366m
16 Contra Tromba 61m
8 Tromba 61m
4 Tromba Clarion 61m
8 (So.) Chimes — –
Tremolo
Gt Enclosed 16′, Gt Enclosed 4′, Gt Enclosed Unison Off

GREAT: 61 notes, unenclosed [middle left chamber]
32 Contra Gemshorn (TC) (ext.) — –
16 Double Diapason 61m
16 Contra Gemshorn (ext.) 12m
8 I Diapason 61m
8 II Diapason 61m
8 III Diapason sc43 61m
8 Gemshorn (tapered) sc45 61m
8 Harmonic Flute 61m
5 1/3 Quint 61m
4 I Octave sc53 61m
4 Harmonic Flute 61m
3 1/5 Tenth 61m
2 2/3 Twelfth 61m
2 Fifteenth 61m
V Mixture [Plein Jeu] 305m
8 Trumpet 61m
[unenclosed always assigned to Great Manual]

SWELL: 61 notes, enclosed [right chamber]
16 Contra Geigen sc50 73m
16 Rohrbourdon (ext.) 12w
8 I Diapason sc41x44 73m
8 II Diapason (Geigen) sc46 73m
8 Viola da Gambe sc58 73m
8 Viole d’Orchestre sc66 73m
8 Salicional sc55 73m
8 Voix Celeste sc55 73m
8 Rohrflote sc62 61m
8 Clarabella 73w&m
8 Spitzflote (tapered) sc47 61m<– correction 73m
8 Flute Celeste (TC) (tapered) sc47 61m
4 Octave (Geigen) sc57 73m
4 Violina sc67 73m
4 Rohrflote (ext.) 12m
4 Flute Triangulaire 73 w&m
2 2/3 Nazard (capped) 61m
2 Fifteenth 61m
2 Flautina (ext. Rohrflute) 12m
1 3/5 Tierce  61m
V Mixture (Fourniture) 305m
16 Double Trumpet 73m
8 French Trumpet 73m
8 Cornopean 73m
8 Oboe (capped) 73m
8 Vox Humana (additional encl.) 146m [This is a two-rank celeste-tuned stop]
4 Clarion 73m
8 (Ch.) Harp — –
4 (Ch.) Celesta — –
Tremolo
Vox Humana Vibrato
Sw 16′, Sw 4′, Sw Unison Off

CHOIR: 61 notes, enclosed [right chamber]
16 Double Dulciana (ext.) 12m [Dulciana is a unit chest fully populated from 16-8-4-2; no super top octave for 2′]
8 English Diapason sc44 73m
8 Violin Diapason 73m
8 Dulciana 61m
8 Viola (tapered) 56×60 73m
8 Unda Maris 73m
8 Concert Flute 73w&m
8 Cor de Nuit (capped) 73m
4 Principal 73m
4 Dulcet (ext.) 12m
4 Traverse Flute 73w&m
2 2/3 Nazard 61m
2 Piccolo (tapered) (harmonic) 61m
2 Dolcetin (ext.) 12m
1 3/5 Tierce (tapered) 61m
1 1/3 Larigot (tapered) 61m [break in top octave]
1 1/7 Septieme 61m [break in top octave]
1 Twenty Second (ext.) (top Oct. repeats) [corrected, previously labeled as a 2′ stop here]
III Mixture 15-19-22 183m
16 Bassoon (capped) 73m [16′ correct; previously erroneously listed as 8′]
8 Trompette 73m
8 Orchestral Oboe (capped) 73m
8 Clarinet 73m
4 Clairon 73m
8 Harp (Deagan) 61 bars
4 Celesta (from Harp) — –
Tremolo [does not affect (or broken 2016) 16′ Bassoon, 8′ Trompette, 8′ Orch Oboe, 4′ Clairon]
Ch 16′, Ch 4′, Ch Unison Off

SOLO: 61 notes, enclosed [top right chamber]
8 Violoncello sc54 73m
8 Cello Celeste sc54 73m
8 Orchestral Flute (harmonic) 73w&m
4 Concert Flute (harmonic) 73w&m
8 Tuba Magna (prep. ceiling center chamber) (Unencl.) — –
8 Tuba Mirabilis (harmonic) 73m
8 French Horn (capped) 73m
8 English Horn 73m
4 Tuba Clarion 73m
8 Chimes (Deagan) (G20-G44) 25 tubes
8 (Ch.) Harp — –
4 (Ch.) Celesta — –
Tremolo
Solo 16′, Solo 4′, Solo Unison Off

PEDAL: 32 notes, (borrowed except *) enclosed with Gr. or Solo [upper stop jamb]
16 (Gr.) II Diapason* (open) 32w
16 (Sw.) Contra Geigen — –
16 (Ch.) Double Dulciana — –
16 (Gr.) Contra Basse — –
16 (Sw.) Lieblich Gedeckt (Rohrbdn) — –
8 (Gr.) II Octave* (ext. “Diap II”) (open) 12w
8 (Sw.) Geigen — –
8 (Ch.) Dulciana — –
8 (Gr.) Open Flute* 32w
8 (Sw.) Still Gedeckt (Rohrfl.) — –
4 (Sw.) Octave Geigen — –
4 (Gr.) Open Flute (ext.) 12w
16 (So.) Trombone* 32m
16 (Gr.) Contra Tromba — –
16 (Sw.) Double Trumpet — –
16 (Ch.) Bassoon — –
10 2/3 (Gr.) Tromba Quint — –
8 (So.) Trumpet (ext.) 12m
8 (Gr.) Tromba — –
4 (So.) Clarion (ext.) 12m
8 (So.) Chimes — –

*  These ranks are co-located in the Great enclosed chamber to allow expression, but are completely independent.
In the case of “Diapason II”/”Octave II”. this is indeed a separate rank from the Great’s “Diapason II” manual rank which is metal

PEDAL: 32 notes, unenclosed [lower stop jamb] [lower left (tall) chamber]
32 Contra Violone (ext.) (open) 12w
32 Major Bass (ext.) (stopped) 12w
16 I Diapason (open) 32w
16 III Diapason 32m
16 Violone (open) 32w&m
16 (Gr.) Gemshorn — –
16 Bourdon 32w
10 2/3 Quint (derived Bourdon) — –
8 I Octave 32m
8 Violoncello (ext.) 12m
8 (Gr.) Gemshorn — –
8 Stopped Flute (ext.) 12m
5 1/3 Octave Quint sc48 32m
4 Super Octave (ext.) sc37 12m
4 Stopped Flute (ext.) 12m
IV Mixture 128m
32 Contra Bombarde (ext.) 12m
16 Bombarde 32m
8 Bombarde Octave (ext.) 12m
4 Bombarde Clarion (ext.) 12m

COUPLERS (tilting tablets)

Gr-Ped 8
Sw-Ped 8
Ch-Ped 8
Solo-Ped 8
Gr-Ped 4
Sw-Ped 4
Ch-Ped 4
Solo-Ped 4

Sw-Gt 16-8-4
Ch-Gt 16-8-4
Solo-Gt 16-8-4

Solo-Sw 16-8-4

UnEncl Gt-Ch 8
Encl Gt-Ch 8
Sw-Ch 16-8-4
Solo-Ch 16-8-4

Gt-Solo 8
Sw-Solo 8
Sw-Solo 4

Master Expression: The fourth shoe from the left serves as Master if the Master cheek switch is set, otherwise this fourth shoe controls the shades with a slide switch that is set in that fourth (rightmost) position. One shoe can control multiple sets of shades if desired.

Crescendo – selectable from six “factory” settings: 1: flues, 2: strings; 3: flues; 4: reeds; 5: full; 6: (less?)

Pistons (capture with SET button): Gen 1-12 (1-8 copied on pedal studs); Solo 1-8; Sw 1-10; Gt 1-10; Ch 1-10; Ped (studs) 1-8

 

Pipe Inventory Spreadsheet to clarify and tally
# of pipes and # of ranks – Updated Sept 2016
(created to have a definitive census to correct typos in previous specs)

Special note about the Solo division Tuba Magna:

The Tuba Magna reed rank was never installed, perhaps due to lack of funds, or perhaps due to a conflict in the use of the intended chamber space in the ceiling. Kimball did install the high-pressure supply duct and wiring all the way to the area behind the iconic Wings of the Eagle grill work (but no chest is installed).  The space instead was used for  P.A. speakers, which went into disuse around 1950 due to its ruinous condition. The space is accessible(!) via a circuitous route from the back entrance to the attic, across the above-ceiling catwalks to the front, and finally to a concealed ladder down into the Tuba chamber (re-purposed speaker) space behind the Eagle. 

Special note about the number of pipes and ranks:

The exact number of pipes in the organ is open to conjecture: the American Organist of Nov 1933 set the number of pipes at 6,929;  the dedication program listed 6,854 (in 2016 we count “6853”); and 6,719 appears in the 1983 50th Anniversary Souvenir Book.  Above we have a link to a spreadsheet from a meticulous inventory taken in 2016 which has a final confirmation in October 2016 to disambiguate the accounting for a few super extensions and borrowed ranks.

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