Opus 32
Sullivan Residence


Eugene, Oregon
2009

II/6 stops・6 ranks


User reviews of William Sullivan’s books on amazon.com routinely express astonishment that he’s found time to hike all the routes he describes. Such a peripatetic individual would seem an unlikely customer for a residence organ, but for Sullivan, having a small pipe organ for practice and occasional entertaining has been a lifelong dream.

Better-than-expected book sales provided the means, a kitchen expansion yielded a space that had been the dining room, and in November 2002 the instrument was commissioned from Bond Organ Builders, Inc. In November 2004 an open house at the Bond shop introduced the completed organ; installation at Sullivan’s Eugene residence took place shortly thereafter.

Roberta Bond’s visual design, in Arts and Crafts style, has been executed in quarter-sawn white oak, with inlays of boxwood, pear, ebony and mother-of-pearl by master woodworker John Stump. Twenty-nine pipes of the 4’ Principal, of 28% tin, make up the display. Stop knob faces and the builder’s nameplate are engraved in a typeface by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Mechanically the organ is similar to Bond’s larger two-manual instruments, employing suspended key action and providing the customary couplers. A first for the Bond shop was the use of a computer-driven router to mill the toeboards for the slider chest.

As befits an organ for a hiker, the instrument is carefully packed. The manual 8’ flutes share sixteen pipes in the bass and the windchest channels are for the most part the width of the keys to minimize rollerboards and other conveyances. Though the organ’s intended use did not require an independent pedal stop, the compact layout left enough room (theoretically, at least) for a 16’ Sub Bass. In May 2005 this final stop was ordered. Thirty wood pipes were constructed in the Bond shop and then fitted on site in October. When the ventil stop action is engaged, a central action box behind the pedal keys feeds wind to pipes in four different locations within the case, including the underside of the roof.

  Concept design by Roberta Bond

Concept design by Roberta Bond

Stoplist

Manual I

8’ Gedackt, 56 pipes (12 wood basses)
4’ Principal, 56 pipes
Manual II to Manual I

Manual II

8’ Spitzgedackt, 40 pipes (1-16 in common with Gedackt)
4’ Rohrflöte, 56 pipes
2’ Octave, 56 pipes

Pedal

16’ Sub Bass, 30 pipes
Manual I to Pedal

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