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The King of Instruments by slowdog294 The King of Instruments by slowdog294
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This is the keosk containing the seven manual console of the 7/449 Mighty Midmar-Losh Symphonic Pipe Organ Opus 5500, the largest musical instrument ever constructed by the hand of man according to the Guiness Book of World Records.

It is installed in what is now known as Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Atlantic City Convention Hall, located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This enormous beast was built during the height of the Great Depression against all odds, but it was never fully finished. Containing over 33,000 pipes controlled by over 1,375 stops, it is one of only four pipe organs in the entire world to contain an actual 64 foot rank, the Contra Untersatz 64' in the Pedal division.

Today, it is undergoing a complete restoration by the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society, a project which is expected to cost over $20,000,000 and take over ten years involving dozens of highly trained pipe organ technicians to finish.

To learn more about this immense one-of-a-kind pipe organ, click here. Thanks for looking and God bless...

Copyright 2007 ATOS. All rights reserved.

This photo, taken during the 52nd Anual ATOS Convention by Jamie Snell, is the property of the American Theatre Organ Society and may not be redistributed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of this organization.

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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, slowdog, bit of news: pageantcast.com/2013/09/taking…

The Right Stage Chamber has been fully repaired and fully tuned up, to the point that last September, it was used in the course of the Miss America Pageant!  It wasn't heard live on TV, but it was heard publicly for the first time in DECADES!  Focus I believe has now shifted to the Left Stage Chamber, where already most of the pipework and chests within the chamber that can be removed have been removed and placed in the organ shop on-premesis refurbishment and repair.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is extremely good news! :squee:
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The organ shop has also been cleaned up from being a storage area of non-related material to being returned to use only for bona-fide maintenance and rebuilding of the instrument, and outfitted anew with equipment for completely rebuilding and redoing all the parts of the instrument that can be brought into it.  That permitted the Right Stage Chamber to be completely fixed up to 100% operational status including tuning, and will now permit completely redoing all windchests and pipes that can be brought into it.  Besides the windchests and pipes being refurbished, I think from past news the biggest hurdle to getting the Left Stage Chamber up and working is that its relays were disconnected either from the console or possibly also from chamber to relay as well, with possibly no record keeping of what was connected to what, so wire tracing will need to be done to hook the Left Stage Chamber back up properly to its relays and the playing console.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aside from the sheer number of connections to be traced and made, that should be a relatively easy task to get it all hooked back up, albeit a rather time consuming one.

Many of those parts are one of a kind hand made items which are going to be hard to replicate. It is good that so many knowledgeable folks are on board to restore this grand masterpiece of human engineering.

I am eager to hear her singing again in all her majestic glory. Thank you for keeping me posted.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did also read up from news late last year that a highly-rated organ parts supply house had been contracted to custom fabricate brand new magnets for every pipe in the Right Stage Chamber, as complete replacement of all its magnets was the main big item needed to bring the Right Stage Chamber fully back up so a complete tuning could be conducted.

And yeah, wire tracing the Left Stage Chamber will just be time consuming.  I know what's involved in it, as my dad has worked for nearly 30 years servicing POTS phone lines (job's turning more and more into 'Broadband ISP Fieldtech' by the day now) and has done more than his share of wire-pair tracing when he's discovered the phone company's record-keeping on cable pairs were not one iota accurate, and been with him as a 'ride-along' when he was a contractor and instances like that came up! :XD:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are on the work crew at the organ, right?
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, that info came from the old website of the Historic Organ Restoration Committee, 'boardwalkpipes.com', the successor to 'www.acchos.org', that has since shuttered for mysterious reasons.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I bookmarked that. Thanks much for all that info.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artist
:omg:......Whoa...33,000 pipes..:faint:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes. It is the largest musical instrument on Earth. It is also the largest electromechanical machine ever constructed.
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