Residence Organ of Kelvin Smith

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In 1993, Kelvin Smith bought his first pipe organ, from a Albuquerque, New Mexico. It took two trips in a pickup truck with a rental trailer to move the organ to his home in Spanish Fork Canyon, in Utah. The organ was originally built by the Moller organ company for a church in Michigan. In its relocation to New Mexico, three Wicks ranks were added. The seven Moller ranks plus one of the Wicks ranks still provide some of the core sounds of the organ, but the number of ranks has gradually increased to the present number of 83, amounting to around 5000 individual pipes.

Non-musicians shake their heads in dismay, but to an organist these pipes are the gateway to infinite opportunities for music. Skinny string pipes provide lush, soothing background sounds, square wooden flute speak with haunting voices and are the building blocks of sparkling, playful sounds. Fat diapason pipes produce the deep, penetrating sounds of the organ and trumpets and tubas, with real vibrating brass reeds, put a sharp edge and sizzle in the sound. Hundreds of tiny mixture pipes add a shimmer to the treble end. Oboes and clarinets and krumhorns, also with real brass reeds, provide pungent solo voices. No organ is complete without a good selection of all these sounds. In fact each keyboard of the organ will include a good sampling of them, allowing some notes to be played in one color, while other notes are played in a different one.

The goal in building a large pipe organ is to create an instrument with a wide range of tone colors capable of rendering the great compositions of a long line of organ composers. Beyond that, the goal is to share with listeners the magic and wonder that is communicated through music.

The story of the building of the organ is an epic tale with glorious victories and debilitating defeats. The construction of a suitable room, which is 50' long, 30' tall and 20' wide was the first step, which was accomplished in Paris, Idaho. Most of the story long tedious hours of work, planning, collecting, fabricating and assembling thousands of parts. 27 years after that first acquisition, the bulk of the organ came online in 2020.

Below is the specification, or list of stops. Each stop represents a set of pipes which produce its sound. Notes tell about the source of the pipes, ie., the builder and opus number of the instrument they were a part of. *Pipes marked with an asterisk awaiting installation.

See the recordings available.

Specification


Great1012 Pipes
16'PrincipalMoller61 Pipes
16'BourdonMoller 534997 Pipes
8'DiapasonMoller 534961 Pipes
8'Second Diapason*Unknown61 Pipes
8'BourdonAustin 114861 Pipes
8'GemshornUnknown61 Pipes
8'ViolincelloAustin 114861 Pipes
4'OctaveSkinner61 Pipes
4'WaldfluteAustin61 Pipes
2 2/3'TwelfthJohnson 55061 Pipes
2'FifteenthJohnson 55061 Pipes
2'Flautino (ext)Moller 5349
1 3/5'SeventeenthUnkown rescaled VDOR61 Pipes
IIIMixtureE.M. Skinner?183 Pipes
16'Fagotto (Sw)
8'Tromba61 Pipes
Tremulant
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Swell1,616 Pipes
16'Lieblich GedecktJohnson 55073 Pipes
8'Geigen DiapasonMoller 534961 Pipes
8'BourdonJohnson 55073 Pipes
8'Concert FluteAustin 114873 Pipes
8'Gamba*Estey (a labial oboe)73 Pipes
8'Gamba CelesteHillgreen-Lane, to CC61 pipes
8'SalicionalAustin 114873 Pipes
8'Voix CelesteUnknownto DD#, 58 Pipes
4'OctaveAustin 114861 Pipes
4'Flute HarmoniqueJohnson 55073 Pipes
2 2/3'NazardUnknown61 Pipes
2'FlageoletJohnson 55061 Pipes
2'NachthornMoller61 Pipes
1 3/5'TierceRevoiced EM Skinner61 Pipes
1 1/3'LarigotMoller 61 Pipes
1 1/7'Septieme*61 Pipes
IVPlein JeuUnknown244 Pipes
16'FagottoHaskell61 Pipes
8'TrompetteE.M. Skinner61 Pipes
8'OboeJohnson 55073 Pipes
4'ClaironHaskell61 Pipes
8'Vox HumanaAustin61 Pipes
Tremulant
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Pedal484 Pipes
32'Contre Bourdon (ext)Stoppered Austin Wood Diapason
16'Principal (gt)
16'Wood DiapasonJohnson 55044 Pipes
16'SubbassMoller 534944 Pipes
16'Lieblich Gedeckt(Swell)
16'Dulciana(Choir)
10 2/3'Quinte*C.S. Haskell (currently plays Gt. Bdn)44 Pipes
8'OctaveJohnson 55032 Pipes
8'Wood Diapason(ext)
8'BourdonJohnson 55032 Pipes
8'Flauto Dolce*(Pos) currently plays Lieblich Gedeckt
8'Dulciana(Choir)
5 1/3'Quinte*ext (currently plays Gt. Bdn)
4'Choral BassWicks32 Pipes
4'DiapasonSalt Lake Tabernacle-Niels Johnson32 Pipes
4'Flauto Traverso(Great)
4'Labial OboeGottfried32 Pipes
IVRauschpfeiferecycled Kimball and others128 Pipes
32'Bombarde* (ext)Part Skinnerboots only
16'Bombarde* (ext)
16'Tuba (Ch)(Choir)
16'Fagotto (Sw)Haskell
8'Trompetteunknown, 1840's32 Pipes
8'Tuba (Ch)
8'Fagotto (Sw)
4'Claironrevoiced by Larry Wheeler32 Pipes
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Choir1,256 Pipes
16'DulcianaAustin 114885 Pipes
8'English Diapason*61 Pipes
8'Violin DiapasonAustin, Salt Lake Tabernacle61 Pipes
8'MelodiaEstey61 Pipes
8'RohrfloteJohnson 55061 Pipes
8'Viole de GambaMoller 534961 Pipes
8'Viole CelesteMoller 5349(CC) 61 Pipes
8'DulcianaMoller 534961 Pipes
8'Dolce CelesteHillgreen-Lane61 Pipes
4'OctaveKimball, Salt Lake Tabernacle61 Pipes
4'Harmonic FluteKimball, Salt Lake Tabernacle61 Pipes
4'FugaraUnknown61 Pipes
4'Dolce(ext)
2'PiccoloUnknown61 Pipes
2 2/3'Dolce Cornet IIIHaskell183 Pipes
8'ClarinetJohnson 55061 Pipes
8'CornopeanAustin 114861 Pipes
8'HautboisAustin 114861 Pipes
16'TubaAustin opus 117373 Pipes
8'Tuba (ext)Austin opus 1173
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Positiv744 Pipes
8'Nason FluteAustin 114861 Pipes
8'QuintadenaRevoiced by Larry Wheeler61 Pipes
8'Spitzflote (ext)Moller
8'Flauto Dolce*Austin73 Pipes
4'RohrfloteMoller61 Pipes
4'SpitzfloteMoller73 Pipes
2'PrincipalOrgan Supply?61 Pipes
2'BlockfloteMoller61 Pipes
1 1/3'QuinteRevoiced by Larry Wheeler61 Pipes
1'Octave61 Pipes
IISesquialteraMoller and Austin122 Pipes
IIZimbelOrgan Supply?122 Pipes
8'CrumorneRevoiced by Larry Wheeler61 Pipes
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Percussion
8'ChimesDeagan
8'Harp*Austin
Zimbelstern
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