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Beth Israel Temple
701 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, Connecticut 06119

OHS Database ID 9110.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 293, 2004-12-12.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2014-06-29.
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Technical Details

Austin Universal Air Chests(©).

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 43 stops. 54 registers. 45 ranks. 3059 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 2000. (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • "in a 1934 building. Earlier building had an 1870 Wm. Johnson, Op. 313, 2-22. Organ listed as failing in 2003 and funds were being raised for a restoration. The key failure results from expected deterioration of fine leather materials used in the construction of 622 small bellows that service the pipes" (OHS PC Database. 2004-10-30)
  • Echo severely damaged by air-conditioning installers in 1975, disconnected and pipes removed by Austin; Chimes action replaced and Ramshorn releathered in 2002; work in 2003 by Austin Organ Service Co. included reactioning the main organ windchests, rebuilds of the large wind pressure regulator bellows and two expression engines, as well as miscellaneous repairs. (Jeff Scofield. 2014-06-29)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Elsworth, John Van Varick. The Johnson Organs. (Harrisville, New Hampshire: Boston Organ Club Chapter of the Organ Historical Society, 1984), 112 [0]

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Photographs

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Console, 2012.. Photograph by Michael Petruzzi

Pipe organs in Connecticut sponsored by S.L. Huntington & Co.

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from undocumented source

  •        West Hartford, Connecticut
           Temple Beth Israel
    
           Austin   1935   Op. 1853   4/45
           __________________________________________________
    
           GREAT (*encl w/CH)             SWELL
       16' Open Diapason     73       16' Bourdon          73
        8' 1st Open Diapason 73        8' Open Diapason    73
        8' 2nd Open Diapason 73 *      8' Stopped Diapason 73
        8' Violoncello       73 *      8' Salicional       73
        8' Claribel Flute    73 *      8' Voix Celeste     61
        8' Gemshorn          73 *      8' Aeoline          73
        4' Octave            73        4' Octave           73
        4' Harmonic Flute    73 *      4' Orchestral Flute 73
    2 2/3' Twelfth           61        2' Flautino         61
        2' Super Octave      61       16' Posaune          73
      III  Grave Mixture    183        8' Horn             73
        8' Trumpet           73 *      8' Oboe             73
           Sub                         4' Clarion          73
           Unison Off                     Tremolo
           Super                          Sub
           Chimes            25           Unison Off
                                          Super
           ECHO
        8' Gedeckt           73           CHOIR
        8' Muted Viole       73        8' Violin Diapason  73
        8' Vox Angelica      61        8' Viola da Gamba   73
        4' Chimney Flute     73        8' Concert Flute    73
        8' Vox Humana        61        8' Flute Celeste    61
           Sub                         8' Dulciana         73
           Unison Off                  8' Unda Maris       61
           Super                       4' Flute d'Amour    73
        8' Ramshorn G-G25    25        2' Piccolo          61
           Chimes ƒ                    8' Clarinet         73
           Chimes p                    8' Corno d'Amour    73
                                          Tremolo
           PEDAL                          Sub
       32' Resultant         --           Unison Off
       16' Open Diapason     32           Super
       16' 2nd Open Diapason GT        8' Harp             61
       16' Bourdon           32        4' Harp Celesta     --
       16' Violone           12 GT
       16' Lieblich Gedeckt  SW        The organ also has a
        8' Octave            12        Shofar stop, but the
        8' Major Flute       12        stoplist available did
        8' Violoncello       GT        not say on which manual
        8' Minor Flute       SW        it played.
       16' Trombone          12 SO
       16' Posaune           SW
        8' Trumpet           GT
    
          [Received from Jeff Scofield June 29, 2014]
  • Stoplist copied from undocumented source Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.