M. P. Möller (Opus 6800, 1939)

Location:

Overbrook Presbyterian Church
6376 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19151 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 33294

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on December 03, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 52 ranks. 3,357 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 69 stops. 47 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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: 69
  • Registers: 47
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • 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.
Jeff Scofield on March 17, 2021:

From the organ page of the church website: The Clarence H. Geist Memorial Organ was built in 1939 by the M.P. Moller Company, Inc. of Hagerstown, Maryland, under the supervision of Richard Whitelegg. It was installed as part of the church’s Fiftieth Anniversary celebration, and dedicated by Virgil Fox on January 17, 1940. Its original specifications and console design were drawn up by Henry Beard, the Organist of Overbrook Presbyterian Church. At its installation and finishing, it contained 53 ranks of 3,357 pipes.

On July 4, 1978, the organ suffered extensive damage in two chambers due to a vandalism attack. J. Fred Ade, Inc., of Drexel Hill and Schultz & Associates, of Philadelphia, were contracted to restore, rebuild, and tonally modify the organ. A series of three Rededication Recitals, performed by former Overbrook Organists John Tuttle and William Evans, and present Organist Dennis Elwell, were presented in November 1980.

In 2000, the Reuter Organ Company, of Lawrence, Kansas, installed a new organ console, which additionally accommodates a new Antiphonal Digital Organ, built by the Walker Technical Company of Zionsville, Pennsylvania. A Rededication Recital was performed by Dennis Elwell in March 2001.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on March 17, 2021.

Database Manager on January 02, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Seriously damaged in the chambers by vandals July 4, 1978; rebuilt, restored with tonal changes by Drexel Hill and Schultz & Associates; new console in 2000 by Reuter, as well as a new Walker digital Antiphonal.

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

Database Manager on February 28, 2008:

Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from <i>The Diapason</i> February 1940
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Write-up from THE DIAPASON February 1940: Open In New Tab Stoplist and description
Document created on 1940-02-01
We received the most recent update for this document from Jeff Scofield on April 04, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church interior: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-01-10

Church exterior: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-11-01

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