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M. P. Möller (Opus 8055, 1950)

Location:

St. Anthony R.C. Church
5247 Sheridan Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216 US
Organ ID: 34889

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 21 ranks. 1,427 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops. 26 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible 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: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 26
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Roman Lizak on September 25, 2020:

Upon further inspection of the organ on 18 September 2020, it is believed that the Great 2 2/3' Quinte and 2' Super Octave ranks were either never installed due to shortage of funds or were removed sometime back. There are no present service records for this instrument.

On 25 September 2020, the Swell cut out switch was re-leathered with two new pouches as the previous leather had deteriorated. This cut out switch controls the Swell upper and lower chests within the chamber.

We received the most recent update for this note from Roman Lizak on September 25, 2020.

Roman Lizak on August 21, 2020:

The Original Contract between Möller and the Church was signed on March 11th, 1949 at a cost of $19,713.00, and was approved on March 25th, 1949 by W. R. Daniels, the Vice President

Another contract was signed on January 12th, 1950 for the addition of grillework to cover the tone openings at a cost of $276.00, and was approved by W. R. Daniels on January 14th, 1950

The Organ is tuned at standard A-440 Pitch

The Blower is a 5 Horsepower Kinetic Blower, style 3-P-3328

The Great Division is on 4" of Wind Pressure, The Swell is on 4 1/2" and the Pedal is on both 4" and 5"

We received the most recent update for this note from Roman Lizak on August 21, 2020.

Database Manager on October 07, 2013:

Church closed in 2006; buildings now used as the world headquarters for the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ and renamed Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony.

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

Database Manager on April 18, 2013:

Updated through online information from David Hufford. -- Pipework of this organ is original and in good condition. If actions and pipework ever existed for the Great 2-2/3' and 2' stops for which console drawknobs and electrical connections are in place, they are now gone. There is evidence that something has been removed from above the Great Main windchest. Most action leather seems to be original, but reservoirs have been releathered. Blower-driven generator seems to still be in use. Swell division is particularly filthy. Console drawknobs were replaced by another technician in recent years due to crumbling original plastic, and two of the replacement drawknobs are inaccurately engraved. I marked the organ as "altered" because of the possible removal of pipework from the Great division, and because the console was relocated to the front of the main floor (positioned at right side), reportedly in the 1970s. Console equipment remains original, except for the drawknobs.

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

Database Manager on May 28, 2008:

Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr. Organ was altered through the removal of considerable pipework by a technician. Organ is unplayable as of 2004.

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 the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Original Contract: Open In New Tab Original Contract with detailed information about the organ
Document created on 1949-03-11
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on August 21, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1910).

Console : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Left stop jamb: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Right stop jambs: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Pedal 16’ Trumpet detail : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Swell and Pedal chamber facade : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Great chamber facade : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Pedal Bourdon unit : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-20

Kinetic Blower : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-28

Swell upper chest with Pedal 16’ Trumpet resonators in the back : Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2020-08-28

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