Major Chimes Wanamaker Grand Court Organ
Macy's Department Store (was Wanamaker Department Store) John Wanamaker Building 13th & Market Streets Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA LL: N 39.95126, W 75.16221
(Staff and guest organists)
The Friends of the Wanamaker Organ, Inc. 630 Hidden Valley Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 T: (484)684-7250 E: execdirec/@/wanamakerorgan DOTcom - or - Wanamaker Organ Curator Macy's 1300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-3302 T: (215)241-9000
Organ concerts Mon-Sat 1200; Mon,Tue,Thu,Sat 1730; Wed,Fri 1900; may or may not utilize these tubes.
Tower tubes by Deagan, comprising the "Major Chimes" stop of the largest pipe organ in the world, and the only Deagan set with more than 32 notes; electro-pneumatic action, built by the Wanamaker organ shop (not by Deagan), with the pneumatic impact of the hammers controlled by expression pedal. One of only three sets located indoors. Originally hung in the back of the Ethereal Division, and so under expression with that division. Relocated in 1920s to present exposed position on either side of that division. An additional tower chime tube, sounding low A, is in the Echo division and under expression with pipes of that chamber; it was supplied by R.H.Mayland as a promotional sample. The "Minor Chimes" stop is a recycled set of orchestral tubular bells (i.e., thin-walled), also by Deagan; planned to be replaced by a set from an Aeolian organ that is closer to this organ's A-435 pitch. The Wanamaker store closed in Aug.1995, reopened as Lord & Taylor Aug.1997; becoming a Macy's store in Aug.2006.
Electric-keyboard (from organ) carillon of 37 tubular bells Pitch of heaviest bell is C in the middle octave Transposition is nil (concert pitch) Keyboard range: C C / NONE There are no missing bass semitones The whole instrument was installed in 1917 with tubular bells made by Deagan No auxiliary mechanisms known Tower details not available Year of latest technical information source is 2009*Links:
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