organ pipe facade

Opus 23
St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Seattle, WA, 1994
II / 36 stops • 44 ranks


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44 ranks, 36 Stops; 2 manuals, 61 notes; Pedal, 32 notes
Solid State Combination action with 8 memory levels

Mechanical swell action with pneumatic assist lever. Kellner temperament

 Grand Orgue

Recit Expressiv


16' Bourdon 8' Diapason 16' Contrebasse
8' Montre 8' Cor de Nuit 16' Soubasse
8' Bourdon 8' Viole de Gambe 8' Montre
8' Salicional 8' Voix Céleste 8' Flute
8' Flute Harmonique 4' Prestant 4' Octave
4' Prestant 4' Flute á Fuseau 4' Flute
4' Flute Ouverte 2 2/3' Nazard Fourniture II
2' Doublette 2' Quarte de Nazard 16' Bombarde
Fourniture IV 1 3/5 Tierce 8' Trompette
Cornet V (mounted) Cymbale IV 4' Clairon
8' Trompette 16' Basson Tirasse Grand Orgue
8' Cromorne 8' Trompette Tirasse Recit
4' Clairon 8' Hautbois
Recit/ Grand Orgue Tremblant

The organ at St. Stephen's is the largest installation to date from Bond Organ Builders. The tonal design of this instrument was inspired by the 19th century French school, typified by Aristide Cavaille-Coll. Additional tone colors derived from earlier periods complete this organ and render it able to play an unusually wide variety of music in a faithful manner. An additional drawknob on the console disengages the wind stabilizers, permitting a gently flexible wind, important for the performance of early music. The instrument is tuned in Kellner temperament, which gives a characteristic cleanness and color to the sound of early music but still permits all keys to be successfully used.

The carefully engineered mechanical key action is light and precise, a major accomplishment in an instrument of this size. Electric stop action facilitates easy and rapid stop changes.

The modern setting and generous height of the nave are accented by the large flamed copper and smaller 70% tin facade pipes. The casework is built of quarter sawn white oak with a handrubbed linseed oil finish. The detached console is a low design which allows the organist to easily conduct the choir.

The organ was off and running with the dedicatory recital by Swiss organist Guy Bovet.

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