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M. P. Möller (Opus 11682, 1986)

Location:

Cathedral of St. Paul, R.C.
2120 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203 US
Organ ID: 16087

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with direct-electric pull-downs (externally mounted)
  • 55 ranks. 3,087 pipes. 7 divisions. 4 manuals. 39 stops. 61 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with direct-electric pull-downs (externally mounted) 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: 4
  • Divisions: 7
  • Stops: 39
  • Registers: 61
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 03, 2019:

To be replaced by 3-manual 58-stop Noack Op. 164 in 2021.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 04, 2019.

Database Manager on July 01, 2013:

Updated through online information from Bruce Ludwick, Jr.

In 2014, the console was put on a movable platform to enable use from the center of the gallery. Recent structural studies indicate this is unwise, so console has been returned to the original position.

Organ suffers from failing zinc and bad languids in 1/3-1/2 of the organ and is in severe need of a rebuild, especially as it is used daily and for all services with music.

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

Database Manager on February 20, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The Chancel division was fully portable, and it was playable from its own 2 manuals with 11 speaking stops. The manuals folded-down to allow easy passage through a standard doorway, and it was often rolled into an adjacent chapel through the door on the right at the front of the Cathedral. When located in this chapel, it was disconnected from the main gallery organ and unplayable from the main 4-man. console.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on April 05, 2005:

The original installation included a chancel organ playable from the gallery console. The Chancel organ was removed, but the gallery console still includes stops for it.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Scanned copy of typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Movable Chancel organ: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1988-12-05

Nave, Gallery, and Organ Case: Photograph from a ca. 1990 Moller brochure in the collection of James R. Stettner. Taken on 1986-06-30

Cathedral Exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1986-02-15

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1986-02-15

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