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M. P. Möller (Opus 9817, 1963)

Location:

Keesler Air Force Base
2nd and H Streets
Keesler AFB, MS 39534 US
Chapel One
Organ ID: 38247

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Military Installations: Forts, Posts, etc.
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • 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)
  • 28 ranks. 1,587 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 22 stops. 26 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 26
  • 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: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • 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 Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 28, 2016:

Rebuild and tonal changes in 1984 as 3/29 Moller Op. R-151; the chapel was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, and was eventually demolished; since the organ was installed directly in front of the large rear window, it probably also suffered catastrophic damage; the base suffered nearly $1 billion in damage from the hurricane.

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

Database Manager on November 26, 2012:

Updated through online information from Greg Moore. -- I was an airman stationed at Keesler shortly after Hurricane Camille, in 1969. The roof of the chapel had been blown off, inundating the organ. The Air Force had planned to replace it with a Hammond, but two airmen who were organ buffs and the chaplain conspired to repair it by night, thus making it miraculously playable again. This was arduous work, since every felt was ruined and wood swelling brought about enormous problems with ciphers. I accompanied the chapel choir with music from Handel's Messiah at Christmas, the effective debut of the restored instrument, though I dared not touch the three or four notes that continued to stick (one was middle C). A remarkable act of generosity by those two airmen, whose names I do not recall. Reading about recent hurricanes, I remembered the organ and visited this site hoping to learn of its status today.

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

Database Manager on May 19, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on January 05, 2009:

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

Instrument Images:

Gallery and Pipe Display: Möller Promotional Photo; collection of Jeff Scofield. Taken on 1963-05-04

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