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First Methodist Church
1001 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

OHS Database ID 21238.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 8, 2012.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 50 stops. 62 registers. 62 ranks. 3435 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

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

Notes

  • Identified from the Reuter Opus List, provided by Chris Leaver, Reuter Organ Co., November, 2005. (Database Manager. November 24, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Donald Hobbs. -- A note from the current pastor when I inquired about the organ. The note only confirmed that the organ still exists and is "3 manual, 63 rank, electro-pneumatic from 1963" (Database Manager. December 25, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Fanfare Trumpet added in 1971. (Database Manager. September 8, 2012)

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Photographs

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Console and Chamber Grillework. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-01-27
Console. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-01-27
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Grillework. Photograph by Jason Sturges 2017-01-27

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from The Diapason July 1962
           Des Moines, Iowa
           First Methodist Church
    
           Reuter   Op. 1412   1963   3/62
           __________________________________________________
    
           GREAT                          SWELL
       16' Sub Principal   61         16' Lieblichbordun   61
        8' Principal       61          8' Geigenprincipal  61
        8' Bourdon         61          8' Rohrflöte        61                             
        4' Octave          61          8' Viole de Gambe   61
        4' Spillflöte      61          8' Viole Celeste    54
        2' Fifteenth       61          4' Principal        61
       IV  Fourniture     244          4' Hohlflöte        61
      III  Scharf         183      2 2/3' Nasard           61
       16' Dulzian         PO          2' Blockflöte       61
        8' Trumpet         61      1 3/5' Tierce           61
           Sub                       III  Plein Jeu       183
           Unison off                 16' Bombarde         61
           Super                       8' Trompette        61
        8' Fanfare Trumpet 61 a        8' Vox Humana       pf
           Chimes                      4' Clairon          61
                                          Tremolo
           POSITIV                        Sub
        8' Copula          61             Unison Off
        8' Salicional      61 b           Super
        8' Flauto Dolce    61 b
        8' Flute Celeste   54 b           PEDAL
        4' Principal       61         32' Acoustic Bourdon --
        4' Koppelflöte     61         16' Principal        32
        4' Cor de Nuit     61 b       16' Bourdon          32
        2' Principal       61         16' Sub Principal    GT
    1 1/3' Larigot         61         16' Lieblichbordun   SW
        1' Sifflöte        61          8' Octave           32
      III  Cymbale        183          8' Gedeckt          32
       16' Dulzian         61          8' Sub Principal    GT
        8' Krummhorn       61          8' Flauto Dolce     SW
        8' Baryton         61 b        4' Choralbass       32
        4' Regal           61          4' Coppel           32
           Tremolo                     2' Waldflöte        32
           Unison Off                 II  Sesquialter      64
       16' Fanfare Trumpet tc        III  Mixtur           96
        8' Fanfare Trumpet GT         16' Bombarde         32
        4' Fanfare Trumpet GT         16' Dulzian          PO
                                       8' Bombarde         12
        a  added in 1971               8' Dulzian          PO
        b  enclosed with Swell         4' Schalmei         32
                                       4' Dulzian          PO
    
       [Received online from Jeff Scofield  September 6, 2012]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from The Diapason July 1962 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.