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St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral
215 W. 31st St.
Billings, Montana 59101

OHS Database ID 36472.

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Status and Condition

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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 24 stops. 13 registers. 13 ranks. 823 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The Möller was originally built for First Congregational in Billings. It was moved to the new [present] church. When a new Holtkamp was installed there in 1973, the Möller was sold to St. Patrick's. The Great was installed in a free-standing "chamber" on the right side of the gallery. The Swell was installed in the tower chamber. The Great shutters open into the nave, but not the gallery. The Swell shutters open into the gallery, but not the nave. A hole was cut into the side of the Great enclosure to allow the choir and organist to more clearly hear that division - which has compromised the effectiveness of the expression shutters. A "new" (?) 4' Octave and 2' Fifteenth were added to the Swell. The Pedal 16' Bourdon is in the Great chamber. Documented: October 11, 1996. (Database Manager. August 6, 2008)

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  • Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from the console October 11, 1996
    Billings, Montana
    St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral
    
    M.P. MÖLLER, Opus 5171, 1928
    Unknown Builder, 1973 - Moving, Re-installation, & Additions
    
    
    GREAT (Expressive)                           COUPLERS
    8     Open Diapason              61          Swell to Pedal                [8]
    8     Doppel Floete              73          Great to Pedal                [8]
    8     Melodia                    61
    8     Gamba                      73          Swell to Great             16,[8],4
    8     Dulciana                   61
    4     Flute                      12
    4     Dulcet                     12          FINGER PISTONS
          Tremulant                              Swell & Pedal                 1 – 4
          Chimes               (Sw)  –-          Great & Pedal                 1 – 4
    
    Great 16'
    Great 4'                                     TOE STUDS
                                                 None
    
    >u?SWELL (Expressive)
    16    Bourdon                    12          FOOT LEVERS
    8     Open Diapason              73          Gr. to Ped. Reversible        (rev)
    8     Stopped Diapason           61
    8     Salicional                 61
    8     Vox Celeste          (tc)  61          PEDAL MOVEMENTS
    4     Octave                     73          Swell Expression             (bal.)
    4     Orch. Flute                12          Great Expression             (bal.)
    4     Salicet                    12          Crescendo                    (bal.)
    2 2/3 Quint                       7
    2     Fifteenth                  61
    2     Flautino                    5
    8     Oboe                       73
          Tremulant
          Chimes  (ta – f42)        (21)
    
    Swell 16'
    Swell Unison Separat'n                       ACTION: E-P primary & unit
    Swell 4'
                                                 VOICES: 13
    
                               STOPS: 24; inc. chimes
    16    Bourdon           (in Gt)  32
    16    Lieblich Gedeckt     (Sw)  –-          RANKS: 13
    8     Flute                (Sw)  –-
    8     Violin Cello         (Gt)  –-          PIPESNOTES
    The church's first organ was a Robert Morton. It was removed in 1973 when the Co-
    Cathedral purchased a used M.P. Möller from First Congregational Church in Billings
    when they acquired a new Holtkamp organ. The Morton was sold to Atonement Lutheran
    Church in Billings, but has since been removed from that church as well.
    
    The used 1928 Möller from First Congregational was installed in the rear gallery
    with the Great on the right in a newly-built chamber, and the Swell on the left in
    the original chamber. The Great expression louvers open into the nave, but no egress
    directly to the gallery. The Swell louvers open into the gallery, but no direct
    egress into the nave. A hole had been cut into the side of the Great enclosure to
    allow the organist and choir to better hear the Great, but this reduced the effect-
    iveness of the Great expression.
    
    The Swell 4' Octave and 2' Fifteenth were added and are not original.
    
    Sources: Möller opus list; JRS; extant organ
    
    
    St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral
    215 N. 31st St.
    Billings, MT. 59101
    (406) 259-3389                               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.