Since then the Grand Organ has been under the care of Mr Navaratnam, who has also undertaken further renovation works. In June 1991, the entire organ was upgraded from a tubular-pneumatic to an electro-pneumatic action. A Bass Flute 8' register was added in December 1992 and a Bombarde 16' register was added in May 1993 using pipes salvaged from the old Hill Norman & Beard organ in Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore, which was dismantled to make way for the new Klais organ. A new case was constructed to house these new registers. A new bellow with its own Laukhuff Ventus blower was constructed to supply the wind for these two registers. The period June to August 1993 saw the installation of a new pedal-board, a refurbished set of manuals, a new balanced swell pedal, a re-furbished set of stoptab keys, the Vogelgesang and the 2-octave Glockenspiel on the Great Organ. A second Laukhuff Ventus blower (which was installed in July 1993) together with a third Laukhuff Ventus blower (which was installed in July 1994 as a replacement for the original Watkins & Watson Discus blower) feed the two bellows which collectively supply the wind for the Great, Swell and Bourdon windchests.
February 1994 saw the commissioning of the new Trompete and Krummhorn registers. July 1994 saw the commissioning of the Mixture IV register on the Great and the repainting of the facade pipes in silver. November 1994 saw the commissioning of the Rohrquinte and the Terz registers on the Swell. The pipes for the Trompete register together with the third Laukhuff blower were donated by Mr Alexander Charles Louis of Madhavan Louis & Partners, Singapore. The pipes for the Krummhorn, Mixture IV, Rohrquinte, Terz and Cymbel registers are used pipes donated by Orgelbau Johannes Klais (Bonn, Germany).
GREAT ORGAN (C-a''' for stops no. 1-7; C-g''' for stops no. 8-10). 1. Open Diapason 8' (original) (facade) 2. Violin Diapason 8' (original) (facade) 3. Dulciana 8' (original) 4. Hohl Flute 8' (original)(1st 12 pipes stopped, rest open) 5. Principal 4' (original) 6. Lieblich Flute 4' (original) 7. Gemshorn 2' (original) 8. Mixture IV (addition/1994) 9. Krummhorn 8' (addition/1993) 10. Trompete 8' (new, pipework by Aug. Laukhuff/1994) 11. Vogelgesang (new/1993) 12. Glockenspiel f-g" (new/1993) SWELL ORGAN (C-a''' for stops no. 13-19 & 23; C-g''' for stops no. 20-22 & 24). 13. Geigen 8' (original) 14. Gedeckt 8' (original) 15. Viole d'orchestre 8' (original) 16. Celeste (tenor C) 8' (original) 17. Gemshorn 4' (original) 18. Harmonic Flute 4' (original) 19. Flautina 2' (original) 20. Rohrquinte 2-2/3' (addition/1994) 21. Terz 1-3/5' (addition/1994) 22. Cymbel III (addition/1995) 23. Cornopean 8' (addition/1984) 24. Trompete 8' (transmission from no. 10) PEDAL ORGAN (C-f', 30 notes) 25. Bourdon 16' (original) 26. Bass Flute 8' (addition, Dec 1992) 27. Bombarde 16' (addition, May 1993) 28. Trompete 8' (transmission from no. 10) 29. Trompete 4' (transmission from no. 10) COUPLERS Swell/Great Great/Pedal Swell/Pedal Swell Octave/Great Swell Octave/Swell STOP ACTION electro-pneumatic (originally tubular pneumatic) for stops 1-7,13-19,23,25. electric for stops no. 8-12, 20-22, 24, 26-29. MANUAL, COUPLER & PEDAL ACTION: electric (originally tubular pneumatic). TUNING: a'=440 (at room temperature) TEMPERAMENT: equalREMARKS:
The Choir Organ was built as a replacement for an aging Conn electronic organ.
The console of the Conn organ was stripped of its electronic components, refurbished and is now used as the console of this organ.
MANUAL I (lower, unenclosed, C-g''', 56 notes)
1. Holzfloete 8'
MANUAL II (upper, unenclosed, C-g''', 56 notes)
5. Gedackt 8'
6. Prinzipal 4'
7. Waldfloete 2'
8. Larigot 1-1/3'
PEDAL (C-f', 30 note)
Manual II/Manual I
STOP, MANUAL, COUPLER & PEDAL ACTION: electric
TUNING: a'=440 (at room temperature)
WIND PRESSURE: 80mm
(Wind supplied by a Laukhuff Ventus blower)
BUILDER: Robert Navaratnam, organ builder (1st March 1994)
The pipes for stops no. 5 to 8 are supplied by August Laukhuff and are mounted on a slider windchest. The pipes for stop no. 1 are used pipes from the old Hill Norman & Beard organ at Victoria Concert Hall (Singapore) and are mounted on a direct electric unit windchest. The electromagnets for the slider pallets are supplied by August Laukhuff. The other electromagnets and the relays are supplied by Kimber-Allen Ltd of Swanley, England.
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