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Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2428-A, 2011)

Originally Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2428, 1965)

Location:

Buncombe Street United Methodist Church
Greenville, SC US
Organ ID: 49371

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on August 05, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 52 ranks. 3,041 pipes. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 44 stops. 69 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • 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 August 05, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 44
  • Registers: 69
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard 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 Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on August 05, 2018.
Database Manager on February 28, 2012:

Identified through online information from Trey Williams. -- Rebuild of existing Austin organ. Austin completed the work in 2011, conserving original opus number. New console, enlarged divisions, and new solo division.

From the program for the Dedication:

"Buncombe Street Methodist Church, under the musical leadership of Freeman Orr and the foresight of the church leadership at the time, made a significant decision in 1963 to furnish the church with a moderately large pipe organ. The company chosen to build the organ was Austin Organs, Inc., of Hartford, Connecticut. Opus 2428 was installed and dedicated in the fall of 1965 and has since that time provided a means of praising God through music in worship. The pipe organ is a complex and intricate blending of engineering, craftsmanship, and artistry. As with any mechanical creation, the moving parts exhaust themselves over time. When in early 2009 the organ began to exhibit increasing failures, a committee was formed to explore possible solutions. After months of study and investigation, it was decided to engage with the original builder to renovate and enhance the instrument. The organ was returned to the very shop in which it was created almost 50 years ago and has been expertly rebuilt and expanded. The console is new with modern solid-state electronics. Nearly all of the old pipework was reused, and some distinctive ranks missing from the 1965 version were added. There are now 3,041 pipes in 52 ranks, plus four digital stops (the very low [32'] pedal sounds, and the Harp and tinkling bells, known as the 'Zimbelstern'). Additionally, modifications were made in chambers and in the Sanctuary Chancel, and new tonal openings were created to maximize space and to enhance the tonal beauty of the pipes."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Dedication Program
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chancel: Photograph by Andrew Henderson. Taken on 2019-12-29

Console: Photograph by Andrew Henderson. Taken on 2019-12-29

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