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Helderop Pipe Organs (1999)

Originally Hinners Organ Co. (Opus 960, 1909)

Location:

Bezchita Baptist Church
Bryansk, RU
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 68201

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist 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 Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 14 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 15 stops. 21 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.
Chancel:
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 15
  • Registers: 21
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on April 26, 2021.
Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021:

Updated through online information fom Richard Helderop (March 11, 2018). -- The church has since bought a blower from Germany. The electrical system in the church was rewired and brought up to European Electrical codes. The Russian government was so pleased with the beautiful architecture of the church and of the beautiful organ in front, it decided to put both the church and the organ on a postage stamp and printed several million copies of the stamp for the postal system.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.

Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021:

The following notes are copied from a related Database account. -- The organ was originally built for First Reformed Church in Holland, Michigan, who occupied the building until 1962 when the congregation relocated and bought a new Casavant organ. The Salvation Army used the building until it was torn down in January 1994. The organ had been electrified an an unknown time, and some time prior to 1950, the stenciled facade pipes were repainted a solid color. The organ was purchased ca. 1994 by two families from Highland Park Baptist Church in Southfield, Michigan, for $4,000.00 so it could be installed in a church in Russia. It was restored by Helderup Pipe Organs and installed here in Bezchitsa Baptist Church in Bryansk, Russia. Since the Russian church didn't meet electrical codes for the windblower, the organ was converted back to its original mechanical state. Source of information: The Holland Sentinel (November 1, 2004) and the 150th Anniversary Book of First Reformed Church.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on April 26, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ in front of sanctuary: Photograph by Richard Helderop, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1999

Organ in front of sanctuary: Photograph by Richard Helderup, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1999

Russian postage stamp showing Baptist church and transplanted Hinners pipe organ: Photograph from an archival source: Wikipedia: Scan of a Russian postage stamp, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2001-07-12

Organ case and nave: Photograph by Timur Khaliullin via Facebook posting, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-03-27

Closeup of case and facade: Photograph by Timur Khaliullin via Facebook posting, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-03-27

View of case from rear loft: Photograph by Timur Khaliullin via Facebook posting, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-03-27

Console detail: Photograph by Timur Khaliullin via Facebook posting, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-03-27

Pedal Movements: Photograph by Timur Khaliullin via Facebook posting, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2021-03-27

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