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Question #89303 posted on 04/07/2017 8:32 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

How tall is the conference center organ (measuring from the top of the choir seats)?

-Bonnie Goodliffe

A:

Dear person,

I did find out that the largest pipe in the whole organ is 43 feet. I'm not sure if it's in the facade (the 170 pipes of the organ that we can see) or if it's behind, though. So let's find out.

I couldn't measure directly, so I found the furthest-back (closest to the organ) sister in the choir whose feet I could kind of see used her as a measurement unit that will allow us to guess how tall the organ is.

The organ is about 6.75 of this sister tall. Let's say she is 5'4'', or 64 inches tall. About average. That would make the tallest pipe of the organ about 36 feet tall. Even if she is 5'10'' the organ would be about 39 feet tall. That's kind of close to 43.

Judging from the angle the picture was taken, it looks like the woman may be closer to the camera than the pipe, which means she would appear bigger than if she was standing right in front of it. I don't really know how to figure that out though, so who knows.

If anyone has a better answer than me, please submit a comment. I did my best, but alas - this analysis was not fantastic.

-Sheebs

posted on 04/07/2017 3 p.m.
According to Church News, March 11 2000:

A Salt Lake City company, Fetzers Inc., has constructed a massive cherry wood case for the display pipes. The case is 75 feet wide and 42 feet high.

http://www.ldschurchnewsarchive.com/articles/34405/New-organ-a-hallmark-in-design----a-project---of-once-in-lifetime.html

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