Pipe Organ Database

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J. G. Pfeffer (ca. 1860)

Location:

St. Martin's R.C.
Rhineland, MO 65069 US
Organ ID: 1371

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 6 ranks. 1 manuals. 6 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 6
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Pedal Compass: 20
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 15, 2014:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Location listed as "Starkenburg, Missouri," according to Petering, 1979, and is known to have Pfeffer's signature inside it. It is also "the only known pedal action by Pfeffer that has a backfall instead of a tracker action. The pallets lift up, rather than down, against the wind of this instrument. It could be that Pfeffer completed this instrument for Wilhelm Metz. It is not certain that the two men ever worked together, but Pfeffer did move into Metz's organ shop in 1864."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 25, 2014:

Updated through online information from Barry Bierwirth.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on August 25, 2014:

Updated through online information from Barry Bierwirth.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on September 09, 2005:

On-line update from Barry Bierwirth -- This is said to be the oldest extant J. G. Pfeffer organ, dated ca. 1860, a few years older than the one at Moselle, MO. It is in an 1873 rock Catholic church my great-great grandparents attended. The church has been refurbished, but it is only on the historical list now, no longer used. The organ was just completely rebuilt, except for the case, this summer by Alan Nagel of St. Louis Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis. No one knows from where the organ came, since it is older than the church building. I played it last month, and it sounds very fine in the old church, which has wonderful acoustics. The organ had been pitched about half a step low, and the priest and I told Alan it should be brought up on pitch. It is now perfectly on A440, and the awful clanking of all the unbushed connections has been remedied!

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Montgomery Co. 2 miles north of Rhineland on Highway P. Manuals CC to f, Pedals CC to G. Moved here 1885 (by Pfeffer?) from an unknown St. Louis Church. Not active as a parish church, but building recently restored (as of 1995). Also Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows on grounds.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from keydesk: Open In New Tab Original document from Fr. Jeremy Secrist. Originally published 2019-09-23
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on September 24, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Keydesk: Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist. Taken on 2019-09-23

Organ Case: Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist. Taken on 2019-09-03

Pipework: Photograph by Fr. Jeremy Secrist. Taken on 2019-09-03

Organ in Loft: Photograph by Fr. Jeremy A. Secrist. Taken on 2019-09-23

Church Interior: Photograph by Fr. Jeremy A. Secrist. Taken on 2019-09-23