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The Montreal Symphony Orchestra has unveiled its $4 million pipe organ at the Maison symphonique, joining the ranks of North American orchestras installing the king of instruments in their concert halls during the past two decades. Inaugurated by four sold-out events that will conclude Monday, the organ was built by the internationally known Canadian maker Casavant Frères.

It is an imposing instrument with 83 stops (types of sounds) and 6,489 pipes-more than 25 tons of high-octane power, brilliance, flexibility and coloristic variety. But the organ's highest achievement is how beautifully it blends into the aural fabric of the orchestra and, a few quibbles aside, how well it sounds in the pleasingly reverberant 1,900-seat hall.

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