Pipe Organ Database

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Finch Organs (1998)

Originally Fratelli Ruffatti (1979)

Location:

Covenant Presbyterian Church
4000 Ridgewood Rd.
Jackson, MS US
Organ ID: 60708

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is unaltered 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 July 26, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
All:
  • 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 July 26, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • 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 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)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 26, 2018.
Database Manager on July 26, 2018:

Updated by Oliver J. Finch, who has heard or played the organ.
\r\nThe Ruffatti organ was originally 2-manuals with the Great division being split as enclosed and unenclosed. A new 3-manual Austin console was ordered through David Finch, Austin Representative, in 1998. The enclosed part of the Great was renamed the Choir division for the 3rd manual. There are stoptabs that are prepared-for in hopes of having a complete stoplist. This Austin console has the last mechanical combination action they made and was purchased specifically for that reason.
\r\nMy Father (David Finch) installed the console in 1998 and services this organ on a regular basis and it is still in good condition.

Interesting note: the organ has two solo Trumpet stops. A Trompette en Chamade was added shortly after the organ was installed by Ruffatti. The \"hooded\" Trompette de Fête 8\' in the Great wasn\'t sufficient as a solo stop, so the en Chamade was added shortly after. There are also a few electronic stops built by Rodgers Organs which include three 32\' Pedal stops.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on November 19, 2017:

Renovated by someone in 1998, at which time a 3-manual Austin console was added.

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

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31

Trompette-en-Chamade: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31

Choirloft, console and exposed pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31

Sanctuary interior to rear: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31

Church exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-10-31