The 2017 Restoration Of St Mary’s, Auckland

This organ was built by George Croft, the renowned Auckland organ builder in 1909 and is regarded as his magnum opus. It was rebuilt in 1985 with a revised specification, altered wind system with lower wind-pressures, electric action and a changed console. We were asked to restore the organ to give its original feel and sound. We removed the added bellows and returned original bellows to double-rise. The original wind pressures were used and the specification was revised to match the Edwardian ethos. The console was restored back to its original glory. It is now a very grand instrument with a remarkable sound.

Final Specification


Great 10 Stops

Double Diapason 16
Open Diapason No. I 8
Open Diapason No. II 8
Clarabella 8
Principal 4
Harmonic Flute 4
2/3 Twelfth 2
(2017,ex 1985 Sesquialtera)  
Fifteenth (returned from Swell) 2
Mixture 15-19-22 (2017) III
Trumpet 8

Swell 12 Stops (enclosed)

Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Viola da Gamba 8
Voix Celeste 8
Principal 4
Wald Flute 4
Flautina (returned from Choir) 2
Mixture (2017) 17-19-22 III
Double Trumpet (1985) 16
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8

Choir 8 Stops (enclosed)

Viola 8
Gedact 8
Salicet(2017) 4
Lieblich Flute 4
Vox Humana (2017) 8
Clarinet (completed to CC) 8
Tremulant (2017)  
Tromba (2017, Unenclosed) 8

Pedal 6 Stops

Sub Bass (B) (2017 Harmonic Bass) 32
Open Diapason (A) 16
Bourdon (B) 16
Principal (A) 8
Bass Flute (B) 8
Trombone 16

Couplers 13 Stops

Swell to Great  
Swell to Pedal  
Swell to Choir  
Swell Octave  
Swell Sub Octave  
Swell Unison off  
Choir to Great  
Choir to Pedal  
Choir Octave  
Choir Sub Octave  
Choir Unison off  
Great to Pedal  
Great & Pedal Combs.