The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Paul's R.C. Cathedral
5th Avenue and Craig
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

OHS Database ID 240.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 391, 2010-06-25.

OHS Convention Organ, 2010.


Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 16, 2016.


Technical Details

Mechanical key action. Electric stop action.

Four manuals. 67 stops. 97 ranks.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. There are hinged doors that enclose keyboards. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. Concave radiating pedalboard (not AGO standard dimensions). Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • 6 gen., 6 div combinations. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • On-line update from Russell Weismann -- This organ is in fair working condition as of now. There are 3 stops that are silent. The organ is currently waiting for a major restoration that should happen in a few years (Database Manager. June 25, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from Joseph Tuttle. -- Just renovated by Taylor & Boody. Seventeen collapsing 32' pipes were replaced, the sides of the case were strengthened, the pneumatic stop action was replaced with electric, a Great to Pedal coupler was added, and reed tuning was stabilized. (Database Manager. April 14, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Russell Weismann.
    Restored by Taylor and Boody 2008 (Database Manager. May 16, 2016)

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Bibliography

  • Pape, Uwe. The Tracker Organ Revival in America. (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1977), 239 [0]
  • Ambrosino, Jonathan. "Restoring the Recent," Choir & Organ (Volume19 Number 1, pp. 54-57). [Photographs, stoplist]

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Photographs

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Organ case in gallery. Photograph by Jim Cook 2010-01-19
Façade and Chamade. Photograph by Jim Cook 2010-01-19
Chamade and Façade. Photograph by Jim Cook 2010-01-19
Swell pipework. Photograph by Jim Cook 2010-01-19
Swell pipework - Cornet. Photograph by Jim Cook 2010-01-19
Cathedral interior and organ in rear gallery. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Nave & organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Organ in rear gallery. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Organ in rear gallery. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Keydesk. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18

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Stoplist

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  • From 2005 AIO convention brochure

  • Saint Paul Cathedral
    Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
    Rudolph van Beckerath Orgelbau GmbH (1962)
    
    Great:
    16' Principal
    8' Principal
    8' Koppel Gedackt
    4' Octave
    2 2/3' Quinte
    2' Octave
    1 1/3' Mixture V
    2/3' Scharf IV
    16' Trompete
    8' Trompete
    4' Trompete
    
    Swell:
    16' Quintadena
    8' Violflöte
    8' Flute
    8' Gemshorn
    8' Gemshorn Celeste
    4' Violflöte
    4' Nachthorn
    2 2/3' Nasat
    2' Blockflöte
    V Cornet (tenor F)
    1 1/3' Mixture VI
    16' Fagott
    8' Oboe
    4' Schalmei
    8' Trompette-en-chamade
    4' Clarion-en-chamade
    Tremulant (piston)
    
    Rückpositiv:
    8' Principal
    8' Rohrflöte
    8' Quintadena
    4' Octave
    4' Blockflöte
    2 2/3' Nasat
    2' Octave
    2' Gemshorn
    1 1/3' Quinte
    2 2/3' Sesquialtera II
    1' Scharf V
    16' Bärpfeife
    8' Cromorne
    
    Brustwerk:
    8' Gedackt
    4' Principal
    4' Rohrflöte
    2 2/3' Quintflöte
    2' Waldflöte
    1 3/5' Tierce
    1 1/3' Nasat
    1' Sifflöte
    1/2' Zimbel III
    8' Vox Humana
    4' Musette
    Tremulant (piston)
    
    Pedal:
    32' Principal (low 5 resultant)
    16' Principal
    16' Subbass
    16' Flute
    8' Octave
    8' Spielflöte
    4' Octave
    4' Rohrflöte
    2' Nachthorn
    4' Rauschpfeife III
    2' Mixture VI
    32' Posaune
    16' Posaune
    16' Fagott
    8' Trompete
    4' Trompete
    
     [Received from Connor Annable 2012-01-20.]
  • From 2005 AIO convention brochure Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.