Pipe Organ Database

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Rudolf von Beckerath (1962)

Exhibited in the 2010 OHS convention

Location:

St. Paul's R.C. Cathedral (3rd)
5th Avenue & N. Craig
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 US
Organ ID: 240

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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, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 08, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 97 ranks. 4 manuals. 67 stops.
All:
  • 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 July 08, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 67
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 08, 2019.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on July 08, 2019.

Database Manager on May 16, 2016:

Updated through online information from Russell Weismann.
Restored by Taylor and Boody 2008

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

Database Manager on April 14, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Joseph Tuttle. -- Just renovated by Taylor & Boody. Seventeen collapsing 32' pipes were replaced, the sides of the case were strengthened, the pneumatic stop action was replaced with electric, a Great to Pedal coupler was added, and reed tuning was stabilized.

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

Database Manager on June 25, 2005:

On-line update from Russell Weismann -- This organ is in fair working condition as of now. There are 3 stops that are silent. The organ is currently waiting for a major restoration that should happen in a few years

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

6 gen., 6 div combinations.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From 2005 AIO convention brochure
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case in gallery: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2010-01-19

Façade and Chamade: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2010-01-19

Chamade and Façade: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2010-01-19

Swell pipework: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2010-01-19

Swell pipework - Cornet: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2010-01-19

Cathedral interior and organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Nave & organ: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-09-18

Cathedral interior: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr.

Pedalboard: Photograph by Benjamin Stalder. Taken on 2017-06-26

Keydesk: Photograph by Benjamin Stalder. Taken on 2017-06-26

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1950s).

Cathedral interior from floor: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr.

Console: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr.

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