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M. P. Möller (Opus 5315, 1928)

Location:

Metropolitan Opera House
858 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130 US
Organ ID: 31638

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 39 ranks. 3,001 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 294 stops. 39 registers.
All:
  • Position: In side 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: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 294
  • Registers: 39
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • 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: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 14, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- The organ was removed from the 3,482-seat theater in the 1940's, but was destroyed by fire before reaching its intended destination in the western United States; only a Post Horn, liberated before shipment, survived.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on August 15, 2022.

Database Manager on November 28, 2007:

Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr. Opened September 22, 1928.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Information from <i>The Diapason</i> November 1928
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Factory Documentation : Open In New Tab Factory documentation courtesy of Andrew J. Moore
Document created on 1928-06-01
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on May 30, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph from an archival source: Moller promotional photo, collection of Jeff Scofield, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1928

Theater interior from stage to house: Photograph from an archival source: themetphilly.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1942

Building exterior: Photograph by themetphilly.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

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