The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

OHS Database ID 49295.

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 February 28, 2012.

Technical Details

Austin Universal Air Chests(©).

Three manuals. 5 divisions. 44 stops. 69 registers. 52 ranks. 3041 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 movable.

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. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from Trey Williams. -- Rebuild of existing Austin organ. Austin completed the work in 2011, conserving original opus number. New console, enlarged divisions, and new solo division.

    From the program for the Dedication:

    "Buncombe Street Methodist Church, under the musical leadership of Freeman Orr and the foresight of the church leadership at the time, made a significant decision in 1963 to furnish the church with a moderately large pipe organ. The company chosen to build the organ was Austin Organs, Inc., of Hartford, Connecticut. Opus 2428 was installed and dedicated in the fall of 1965 and has since that time provided a means of praising God through music in worship. The pipe organ is a complex and intricate blending of engineering, craftsmanship, and artistry. As with any mechanical creation, the moving parts exhaust themselves over time. When in early 2009 the organ began to exhibit increasing failures, a committee was formed to explore possible solutions. After months of study and investigation, it was decided to engage with the original builder to renovate and enhance the instrument. The organ was returned to the very shop in which it was created almost 50 years ago and has been expertly rebuilt and expanded. The console is new with modern solid-state electronics. Nearly all of the old pipework was reused, and some distinctive ranks missing from the 1965 version were added. There are now 3,041 pipes in 52 ranks, plus four digital stops (the very low [32'] pedal sounds, and the Harp and tinkling bells, known as the 'Zimbelstern'). Additionally, modifications were made in chambers and in the Sanctuary Chancel, and new tonal openings were created to maximize space and to enhance the tonal beauty of the pipes." (Database Manager. February 28, 2012)

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Chancel. Photograph by Andrew Henderson 2019-12-29
Console. Photograph by Andrew Henderson 2019-12-29

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  • Stoplist from Dedication Program
    Greenville, South Carolina
    Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
    Austin Organs, Inc.   Op. 2428  1965/2011  III/52
       GREAT 3 1/2" Wind Pressure               CHOIR 3 1/2" Wind Pressure
    16' Violone 61                           16' Dolcan 12
    8' Open Diapason 61                      8' Nason Gedeckt 61
    8' Violone 12                            8' Dolcan 68
    8' Harmonic Flute 61                     8' Dolcan Celeste 56
    4' Principal 61                          4' Prestant 68
    4' Open Flute 61                         4' Spielflute 68
    2 2/3' Twelfth 61                        2 2/3' Nazard 61
    2' Fifteenth 61                          2' Block Flute 61
    2' Flute 61                              1 3/5' Tierce 61
    IV Fourniture (1 1/3') 244               8' Trompette 68
    8' Tromba 61                             8' Clarinet 68
    8' Clarinet (Ch)                         Harp (Digital)
    Zimbelstern (Digital)                    Tremulant
       SWELL 4" Wind Pressure                   PEDAL 3 1/2" & 4" Wind Pressure
    16' Rohrbourdon 12                       32' Soubasse (Digital)
    8' Geigen Diapason 68                    16' Contra Bass 32
    8' Rohr Flute 68                         16' Violone (Gt)
    8' Viola Pomposa 68                      16' Dolcan (Ch)
    8' Viole Celeste (GG) 56                 16' Bourdon 32
    4' Principal 68                          8' Principal 32
    4' Spitzflute 86                         8' Octave 12
    2' Fifteenth 61                          8' Bourdon 12
    IV Plein Jeu (2') 244                    8' Violone (Gt)
    16' Waldhorn 68                          4' Choral Bass 12
    8' Trumpet 68                            2' Solo Flute (So)
    8' Waldhorn 12                           III Mixture (2') 96
    8' Hautbois 68                           32' Fagotto (Digital)
    Tremulant                                16' Bombarde (So)
                                             16' Double Trumpet (Ch)
       SOLO 8" Wind Pressure                 16' Waldhorn (Sw)
    8' Doppel Flute 68                       8' Bombarde (So)
    8' Flauto Dolce 68                       8' Waldhorn (Sw)
    8' Flute Celeste 68                      4' Clarion (So)
    4' Nachthorn 68                          4' Waldhorn (Sw)
    16' Contra Bombarde 12                   Chimes (Digital)
    8' Bombarde 68
    8' Cor Anglais 68
    8' French Horn 68
    Harp (Digital)
    Chimes (Mechanical)
     [Received from Trey Williams 2012-02-28.]
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