The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Residence: E.Power Biggs
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Living Room

OHS Database ID 49107.


Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 5, 2012.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Two manuals. 2 divisions. 28 stops. 10 registers. 13 ranks. 661 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Non-traditional style console.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. No enclosed divisions. Combination Action: Freie Kombinationen, i.e., German style switches above stop controls. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- While built for the Biggs home, this organ traveled with E. Power Biggs to many venues around the United States. Sometime after the 1956 AGO Convention in New York City (where it also made an appearance), the organ was sold, rebuilt by Schlicker with one 12-pipe extension and one rank added, and moved to a private residence in California. It was replaced in the Biggs home by the John Challis 2-manual and pedal harpsichord. (Database Manager. January 5, 2012)

Online Documents

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  • Schlicker Organs. Journal advertisement, with photographs. Author: Schlicker Organ Co. Source: Half-page Journal advertisement. Document Date. Unknown.

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  • Barbara Owen: E. Power Biggs: Concert Organist (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987), p.215

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
    Residence: E. Power Biggs (“The Cambridge Portative”)
    
    Schlicker Organ Co., 1953
    
    
    GREAT               POSITIV                  PEDAL
    
    8     Gedeckt       8     Gedeckt            16    Untersatz 
    8     Quintadena    8     Quintadena         8     Gross Gedeckt
    4     Octave        4     Rohrfloete         8     Gedeckt
    4     Rohrfloete    2     Rohrfloete         4     Octave
    2 2/3 Nasat         2     Quintadena         4     Bourdon
    2     Principal     1 1/3 Larigot            4     Quintadena
    2     Rohrfloete    1     Siffloete          2     Rohrfloete 
          Mixture III         Cymbal II          1 1/3 Nasat
    8     Krummhorn           Mixture II
    16    Ranket
    
    
    All stops are taken from the following ranks:
    
      16     Untersatz
       8     Gedeckt
       8     Quintadena
       4     Octave
       4     Rohrfloete
       2 2/3 Nasat 
             Mixture III
             Cymbal II
      16     Ranket
       8     Krummhorn
    
     [Received from Edmond Johnson 2016-10-05.]