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Richard F. Muench (1992)

Originally Robert Noehren (Opus 2, 1957)

Location:

St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church
5306 Arbor Road
Long Beach, CA 90808 US
Organ ID: 25782

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 38 ranks. 2,118 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 26 stops. 35 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 26
  • Registers: 35
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 19, 2018:

Updated by Ted Rose, listing this website as a source of information: http://saintthomas.ladiocese.org/Worship%20and%20Music/the-organ-of-st-thomas.html
The church's website has a short history of this organ along with a specification and picture of a four-manual console, although the specification shows only three manual divisions.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on January 10, 2015:

Updated through online information from John S. Mitchell. -- Originally at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston in 1957, then went to New Hampshire Conservatory, Winchester, NH in 1978, then this church in 1981. Replacement console and some revoicing by Richard F. Muench in 1992.

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

Database Manager on April 24, 2007:

Updated through online information from John S. Mitchell.

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

Database Manager on April 23, 2007:

Identified through online information from John S. Mitchell. -- Organ is 3 manuals and pedal, presently 36 ranks. Robert Noehren opus 2 was originally installed at the New England Conservatory of music in 1957. In 1978, it was moved by John Wessel with no changes to another recital hall at the Conservatory and was rededicated in a recital by Noehren on 11-03-1978. In 1980 it became surplus due to demolition of the building. Organ was probably found through Organ Clearing House, installed in 1981 [by Muench] and again rededicated by Noehren on 11-29-1981. The present used 4-manual Möller console from First Congregational, Long Beach was installed in 1990. In 1992, the organ was revised by Richard Muench with an added Swell Vox Humana.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from 1978 rededication concert at Winchester, New Hampshire
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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