Pipe Organ Database

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Mathias Schwab (1858)

Location:

St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
12th and Madison
Covington, KY 41011 US
Organ ID: 3070

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous 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: Slider
  • 20 ranks. 2 manuals. 20 stops. 24 registers.
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:
  • Built by Mathias Schwab
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 24
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 54
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • 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.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • 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 Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022.
Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022:

Updated based on visit 6/30/22.

We received the most recent update for this note from Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022.

Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022:

Visited 6/30/22 and recorded. Organ is in usable condition but deserves thoughtful historical restoration. As part of the move from St. Joseph's c. 1970, the pedal was electrified due to space constraints. Pedal ranks are now on stand-alone chests scattered around the balcony. Manual-to-pedal coupler remains mechanical. Drawknob face plates were crudely replaced c. 1970, and it seems some stop names were altered from the original German during this time. Pedal ranks use original drawknobs connected to toggle switches. An earlier stoplist mentioned 8' Oboe as "unavailable," but pipes are present and usable. Same stoplist mentioned an IV Mixtur which now appears on drawknob as a III Cymbale; unknown whether composition of mixture changed at same time.

We received the most recent update for this note from Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From St. Joseph's R. C. Covington, KY.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From console: Open In New Tab From console (new stop plates added c. 1970) Originally published As of 2022
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Michael Kearney on July 05, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Nave, Gallery, and Organ Case: Image Supplied by Gregory Schaffer and the Cathedral Concert Series. Taken on 2001-09-21

Organ case: Photograph by Stephen Schnurr.

Left stop jamb: Photograph by Michael Kearney. Taken on 2022-06-30

Right stop jamb: Photograph by Michael Kearney. Taken on 2022-06-30

Keydesk with blower, zimbelstern, and tremolo switches: Photograph by Michael Kearney. Taken on 2022-06-30

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