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Cathedral of St. Paul, R.C.
2120 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

OHS Database ID 16087.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 13, 2016.


Technical Details

Slider chests with direct-electric pull-downs (externally mounted).

Four manuals. 7 divisions. 39 stops. 61 registers. 55 ranks. 3087 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • The original installation included a chancel organ playable from the gallery console. The Chancel organ was removed, but the gallery console still includes stops for it. (James Cook. April 5, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The Chancel division was fully portable, and it was playable from its own 2 manuals with 11 speaking stops. The manuals folded-down to allow easy passage through a standard doorway, and it was often rolled into an adjacent chapel through the door on the right at the front of the Cathedral. When located in this chapel, it was disconnected from the main gallery organ and unplayable from the main 4-man. console. (Database Manager. May 25, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. May 25, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. February 20, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Bruce Ludwick, Jr.

    In 2014, the console was put on a movable platform to enable use from the center of the gallery. Recent structural studies indicate this is unwise, so console has been returned to the original position.

    Organ suffers from failing zinc and bad languids in 1/3-1/2 of the organ and is in severe need of a rebuild, especially as it is used daily and for all services with music. (Database Manager. July 1, 2013)

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Photographs

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Movable Chancel organ. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1988-12-05
Nave, Gallery, and Organ Case. Photograph from a ca. 1990 Moller brochure in the collection of James R. Stettner 1986-06-30
Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1986-02-15
Cathedral Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1986-02-15

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Stoplist

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  • Scanned copy of typed stoplist
  • Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
            Birmingham, Alabama
            Cathedral of St. Paul, R.C.
    
            Möller   Op. 11682   1985   4/55
            ________________________________________________
    
            GREAT                        POSITIF (enclosed)
        16' Violone         61       16' Gedackt          pf
         8' Principal       61        8' Holzgedackt      61
         8' Harmonic Flute  61        8' Gemshorn         61
         8' Violone         12        8' Gemshorn Celeste 61
         4' Octave          61        4' Principal        61
         4' Waldflöte       61        4' Koppelflöte      61
         2' Super Octave    61        2' Octave           61
        II  Cornet          98    1 1/3' Quint            61
     III-V  Mixture        257    III-V  Zimbel          257
         8' Trompete        61        8' Cromorne         61
            Unison Off                   Tremulant
                                         Sub
            SWELL                        Unison Off
        16' Rohrbass        61           Super
         8' Spitzprincipal  61           Zimbestern        4
         8' Rohrflöte       12
         8' Viole           61           FANFARE
         8' Viole Celeste   61        8' Festival Trumpet 61
         4' Octave          61           Sub
         4' Spitzflöte      61           Unison Off
     2 2/3' Nazard          61           Super
         2' Blockflöte      61           Chimes           21
     1 3/5' Terz            61
     III-V  Scharf         257           PEDAL
        16' Contre Hautbois 61 a     32' Untersatz         7 c
         8' Trompette       61       16' Principal        32
         8' Hautbois        12       16' Subbass          32
         8' Vox Humana      pf       16' Violone          GT
         4' Clairon         12 b     16' Rohrbass         SW
            Tremulant                 8' Octave           12
            Sub                       8' Hohlflöte        32
            Unison Off                8' Rohrflöte        SW
            Super                     4' Choralbass       32
                                      4' Hohlflöte        12
            CHANCEL                  IV  Mixture         128
         8' Singendgedackt  90       32' Contre Bombarde  12 a
         4' Principal       78       16' Bombarde         32
         4' Spillflöte               16' Contre Hautbois  SW
         2' Blockflöte                8' Trompette        12
     1 1/3' Larigot                   4' Hautbois         SW
         1' Kleinprincipal
            Unison Off                   CHANCEL PEDAL
                                     16' Bass Gedackt     12 CL
                                      8' Rohrgedackt      CL
    
         a  1-12 half-length
         b  prepare for future pipes and action
         c  prepare for CCCC thru EEEE
    
        [Received online from Jeff Scofield January 28, 2012]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the factory specifications Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.