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First Church of Christ, Scientist
7 Burlington Ave.
Billings, Montana 59101

OHS Database ID 21348.

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Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 6, 2008.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) ventil chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 8 stops. 8 registers. 8 ranks. 459 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, right.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. No combination action. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal.

Notes

  • Updated through on-line information from James R Stettner. -- This was the electrification of the existing T-P Kimball with a new Möller console. May have been done by regional Möller Rep. Eugene Poole. Pedal 16' Bourdon expanded from 30 to 32 pipes with the addition of a 2-note chest and 2 pipes. 1-24 of the Great 8' Open Diapason placed on Möller E-P offset chests. The console still reads "Vox Humana", but that rank has since been replaced with a bright, Trumpet-like 8' Oboe - perhaps a Fagott. Documented: October 11, 1996. (Database Manager. August 6, 2008)

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Photographs

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Organ chamber grille and console. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1996-10-11
Pipework (l-r): Great 8 Open Diapason, 8 Melodia, 8 Dulciana. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1996-10-11
Pipes: Offset 8 Open Diapason stenciled facade pipes. Photograph by James R. Stettner 1996-10-11

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from the console October 11, 1996
    Billings, Montana
    First Church of Christ, Scientist
    
    W.W. KIMBALL CO., ca. 1910
    Unknown Builder, 19__ - Moving & Re-installation, & Electrification?
    Unknown Builder, 1948 - New Moller console
    
    
    GREAT (Expressive)                           COUPLERS
    8   Open Diapason                61          Swell to Pedal                [8]
    8   Clarabella                   61          Great to Pedal                [8]
    8   Dulciana                     61
                                                 Swell to Great             16,[8],4
    Great 4
    
                                                 FINGER PISTONS
    SWELL (Expressive)                           None
    8   Stopped Diapason             61
    8   Gamba                        61
    4   Flute d'Amour                61          TOE STUDS
    8   Vox Humana                   61          None
    
    Swell 4
                                                 PEDAL MOVEMENTS
                                                 Expression                   (bal.)
    PEDAL (Expressive)                           Crescendo                    (bal.)
    16  Bourdon                      32
    
    
    ACTION: E-P         VOICES: 8         STOPS: 8         RANKS: 8         PIPES: 459
    
    
    NOTES
    This organ was reportedly originally built for an unidentified Theatre in an unidentified
    location. As originally installed, the organ was free-standing and encased with the first
    24 pipes of the Great 8' Open Diapason unenclosed and in the facade. They are stenciled in
    maroon and dusty pink with gold tracery. The original playing action was tubular-pneumatic.
    
    The organ was moved to First Church of Christ, Scientist at an unknown date and by an unknown
    person or firm. Whether it was electrified at this time or when it got a new console later is
    unclear. In 1948, the organ received a new Möller console. The first 24 pipes of the Great
    Open Diapason were moved to a new Möller offset chest. Two new pipes and a 2-note chest were
    also provided to expand the Pedal 16' Bourdon from 30 to 32 notes. The original 8' Vox Humana
    has been replaced by a bright, trumpet-like 8' Oboe.
    
    Sources: JRS; extant organ
    
    
    First Church of Christ, Scientist
    7 Burlington Ave.
    Billings, MT. 59101
    (406) 259-0535                               Documented: October 11, 1996
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from the console October 11, 1996 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.