The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Louis R.C. Cathedral
New Orleans, Louisiana

OHS Database ID 38645.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 22, 2012.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 54 stops. 79 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped 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. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from Don Daley. -- Rebuild (with new console) and additions, existing organ. Installation completed before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city; repairs completed 2008. (Database Manager. January 20, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Ronald Yeater. -- About half of the pipes in this rebuild were new, of European origin; the other half came from the Moller. (Database Manager. March 22, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Ron Yeater. (Database Manager. March 22, 2012)

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Church Exterior. Photograph by Taylor Phillips (ca. Summer 2007)

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  • stoplist copied from factory records
    Holtkamp Organ Co., 2004
    32 Resultant
    16 Contrebasse                                        M
    16 Montre (GO)
    16 Soubasse                                           M
    16 Bourdon (Re)
    16 Quintaten (Po)
    8  Huitieme (Ext. Contrebasse)
    8  Soubasse (ext. 16')
    8  Bourdon (Re)
    5 1/3 Grosquinte (Ext. Contrebasse)
    4  Prestant                                           M
    4  Cor de Nuit                                        M
    2  Cor de Nuit (ext. 4')
    IV Grand Fourniture                                   M (recomposed Hoffman)
    32 Contre Bombarde                                    1-24 +, rest new
    16 Bombarde (ext. 32')
    16 Trompette (Re)
    8  Trompette (Re)
    4  Clairon (Re 8')
    16 Tuba Harmonique (GO)
    8  Trompette en Chamade (GO)
    8  Tuba Harmonique (GO)
    16 Montre
    8  Montre I
    8  Montre II                                          1-12 M, rest +
    8  Flute Harmonique
    8  Bourdon de Cambon                                  1-12 M, rest +
    4  Octave
    4  Flute en Fusee                                     +
    2 2/3 Quinte                                          +
    2  Super Octave                                       +     
    2  Flute                                              +
    V  Grand Cornet tc                                    M   *see note below
    V  Fourniture 
    III Mixture                                           +
    8  Trompette
    16 Tuba Harmonique (ext. 8')
    8  Trompette en Chamade                               +
    8  Tuba Harmonique                            
    * consists of the Hoffman III Cornet made from reworked Moller pipes, plus additional pipes
        from Holtkamp stock, all rescaled into a VERY large-scaled stop
    16 Bourdon (ext. 8' Flute)                               M
    8  Montre I
    8  Montre II                                             +  (1-16 from Rec. Flute)
    8  Flute a Chiminee                                      M
    8  Viole de Gambe                                        M
    8  Viole Celeste tc                                      M
    4  Octave Geigen
    4  Flute Triangulaire                                    M
    2 2/3 Nasard            
    II Cornet                                                M (recomposed Hoffman)
    2  Piccolo Harmonique
    1 1/3 Larigot
    IV Plein Jeu
    III Cymbale                                              M
    16 Trompette (ext. 8'                                    M
    8  Trompette                                             M
    8  Hautbois               
    4  Clairon du Roi                                        +
    16 Quintaten
    8  Montre
    8  Viole Douce                                           M
    8  Viole Celeste tc                                      M
    8  Cor de Nuit                                           M
    8  Quintaten (ext. 16')
    4  Prestant
    4  Flute a Chiminee                                      1-16 M, rest +
    2 2/3 Nasard                                             M
    2  Doublette
    2 Quarte de Nasard                                       M
    1 3/5 Tierce                                             M
    IV Scharff
    III-IV Cymbale                                           +
    8  Trompette
    8  Cromorne                                              +
    16 Tuba Harmonique (GO)
    8  Trompette en Chamade (GO)
    8  Tuba Harmonique (GO)    
    M= Moller ranks         += European stops added by Hoffman     rest of stops are new
    each manual division has two main chests, one an Organ Supply Co. pitman chest recycled from the Hoffman organ, and
    one new pitman chest.
    Although the flood waters did not reach the Cathedral, a large amount of water blew into the tower and flooded down the walls
    of the organ chamber.  Several main chests at the back of the chamber were soaked and damaged beyond repair.  Fortunately,
    these were all the recycled chests from the Hoffman project and were replaced by new pitman chests. The new (2004) chests
    were able to be repaired.  A few Moller wood pipes were replaced, but other than that, all the pipework, after a good cleaning
    and replacement of felt packing on the capped metal pipes, was in good shape.  As a precaution, all the reed pipes were compl-
    etely disassembled and cleaned.  The organ was completely removed from the chamber so that the walls could by cleaned and
    painted (and waterproofed!).  Due to the inevitable discussions among the various insurance companies involved it wasn't until
    2008 that the organ was completely reinstalled and playable. The insurance settlement was generous enough to enable a few
    additional modifications to the stop list:
    GO 8' Montre II                     1-12 new pipes to replace the Moller ones
    RE 8' Montre II                      1-16 new pipes to replace borrow from the Flute
    RE 8' V. Celeste                     6-12 new pipes   )
    PO 8' V. Celeste                     6-12 new pipes   ) in accord with customary Holtkamp 
                                         practice to extend Celestes to low F
    PO 4' Fl. a Chim.                    1-24 new pipes, rest rescaled
     [Received from Ron Yeater 2012-03-22.]
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