John Whitney Residence
Type: OPUS 652Specs
This residence organ is of three manual and pedal design with 24 ranks with a total of 1002 speaking pipes. The pipes of the instrument are enclosed in a free standing hand crafted mahogany casework on the far end of the music room. The key desk is in traditional Skinner draw knob style constructed of dark mahogany. The draw knobs are of rosewood with maple inserts. The key coverings are of padouk and maple.
The tonal design is decidedly French Romantic. The Grand Orgue includes a complete Principal chorus. The Positif includes a variety of open and capped flutes, a complete cornet decomposé and a variety of wonderful reeds of both chorus and solo style. The Récit is complete with large warm strings and a Cavaille-Coll style Hautbois. The Pédale includes five 16’ voices and three 32’ colors to shake the room. All of the tonal finishing was performed by the Peragallos themselves as the instrument was being installed in the room.
The case is of African Mahogany with carved grilles in gold and rounded towers with the Whitney family monogram. The facade contains the functional pipe work of the Grand Orgue Montre and Prestant. These pipes are of polished zinc and include rear roll tuners, gothic or Roman arched mouths and extended pipe toes.
The crowning jewel of the instrument shall is the stately Trompette en Chamade. This set of 49 reeds are positioned horizontally high in the casework. These pipes provide the organist with a most useful tool for processional and fanfare effects.