DIYAPASON-L Digest #217 - Friday, December 29, 2000
Re: [Residence Organs]  Largest Residence Organ
  by "David Scribner" <>
Re: [Residence Organs]  Largest Residence Organ
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(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Largest Residence Organ From: "David Scribner" <> Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 06:49:21 -0600   I have a feeling that the largest residence organ is in Birmingham, Alabama in the residence of Barry Norris. As I remember it is a 5 manual, 7 division instrument with something in the neighborhood of 170 to 180 ranks. Although i have had an invitation to visit I have never been able to arrange to get to his house. But I have seen photographs and have also talked to others that have visited the house, there are pipes EVERYWHERE.   There is a web page with the stop list on the Wicks Organ Co's web site. Barry has had the Wicks company build many, if not most of the chests for him and as I understand, many of these chests are in very strange shapes and sizes to fit into various places throughout the house. If you go to the Wicks web site at: and then click on the Specifications section you will find it listed on the right side of the index page. Unfortunately there are not any photos, just the stoplist.   Barry had been a member of this list for awhile and although he left some months ago I will try to get in contact with him to see if i can get some photos of the organ. I also might have a copy of a newspaper article from about a year ago that has a few photos. If i can find it I will try to scan some of them and put them on the list web site over the weekend.   A Happy New Year to everyone   David  
(back) Subject: Re: [Residence Organs] Largest Residence Organ From: <> Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 09:49:42 EST   Jason:   My unofficial guess for the largest residence organ would be the Aeolian = at Longwood Gardens. It's outside of Philadelphia. The organ is played = regularly and there are a number of recordings done on it that are available.   Tom