Pipe Organ Database

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G. F. Steinmeyer & Co. (1931)

Location:

Blessed Sacrament R.C. Cathedral
One Cathedral Square
Altoona, PA 16601 US
Organ ID: 3185

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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: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 82 ranks. 4 divisions. 4 manuals. 62 stops. 58 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) in a gallery 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: 4
  • Stops: 62
  • Registers: 58
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets on slanted jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • 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 May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on January 05, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from Nicholas J. Will. -- In addition to the Solid State combination action, the original freie kombinationen system (3) has been restored, as well as the roll-schweller. -- The fourth manual, labeled "Echo," was intended to control a separate instrument in the Sanctuary of the Cathedral, which was never built.

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

Database Manager on June 23, 2008:

Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Repairs by Aeolian-Skinner in 1954 as their Opus 1291.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1992

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Some choir pipework altered in past. Restored 1992 by Columbia Organ Works.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist Taken from Organ 2/27/2015
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

Balcony and Pipe Facade: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

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