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First Baptist Church
123 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

OHS Database ID 28413.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been removed from this location and is currently in storage.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 19, 2014.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 66 stops. 60 ranks. 3359 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

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

Notes

  • Identified through on-line information from André Courville. (Database Manager. September 13, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from Paul Marchesano. (Database Manager. October 2, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from David Ruler. -- 10.29.14 from facebook post by Organ Clearing House: "The Organ Clearing House is dismantling the large and beautiful M.P. Möller pipe organ at the former First Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA. The organ is being placed in local storage there, in preparation for renovation and installation in another Philadelphia Church. Stay tuned." (Database Manager. November 19, 2014)
  • The First Baptist Church building was sold to Liberti Church, a member church of the Reformed Church in America, on July 11, 2017; the First Baptist congregation will worship in a chapel. (Database Manager. July 18, 2016)

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Console. Photograph by Paul Marchesano 2008-10-06
Chancel and Organ facade. Photograph by Paul Marchesano 2008-10-06
Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 1984-06-06

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from The Diapason January 1950
           Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
           First Baptist Church
    
           Möller   Op. 8128   1950   3/53
           _________________________________________________________
    
           GREAT                             CHOIR
       16' Quintaton            pf        8' Montre               73
        8' Principal            61        8' Nachthorn            73
        8' Harmonic Flute       61        8' Erzähler             73
        8' Gemshorn             61        8' Erzähler Celeste     61
        4' Octave               61        4' Prestant             73
        4' Spitzflöte           61        4' Koppelflöte          73
    2 2/3' Octave Quint         61    2 2/3' Nazard               61
        2' Super Octave         61        2' Blockflöte           61
       IV  Fourniture          244    1 3/5' Tierce               61
      III  Cymbel              183      III  Scharf              183
           Tremulant                      8' Krummhorn            73
           Sub                               Tremulant
           Unison Off                     8' Trompette Harmonique 73
           Super                             Sub
        8' Trompette Harmonique CH           Unison Off
                                             Super
           SWELL                             Chimes
       16' Rohrbourdon          73
        8' Geigen Diapason      73           PEDAL
        8' Rohrflöte            12       32' Bourdon              32
        8' Viole de Gambe       73       16' Contrebasse          32
        8' Viole Celeste        73       16' Bourdon              12
        4' Principal            73       16' Violone              12
        4' Flute ⌂              73       16' Quintaton            pf
        2' Octavin              61       16' Rohrbourdon          SW
    1 1/3' Larigot              pf   10 2/3' Quint                 7
        V  Plein Jeu           305        8' Principal            32
       16' Fagotto              73        8' Octave               12
        8' Trompette            73        8' Bourdon               5
        8' Oboe                 73        8' Rohrflöte            SW
        8' Vox Humana           pf    5 1/3' Quint                32
        4' Clarion              73        4' Choralbass           32
           Tremulant                      4' Super Octave         12
           Sub                            4' Bourdon              12
           Unison Off                   III  Mixture              96
           Super                         16' Bombarde             32
           Chimes                        16' Fagotto              SW
           Harp                           8' Bombarde             12
                                          4' Clarion              12
                                             Chimes
    
          [Received online from Jeff Scofield  May 17, 2012]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from The Diapason January 1950 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.