Pipe Organ Database

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Rudolf von Beckerath (1974)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church
4815 Franklin Road
Nashville, TN 37220 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 71

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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 May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 74 ranks. 3,665 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 49 stops. 50 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case 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: 49
  • Registers: 50
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 18, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R . Stettner. -- According to the church's "Ministries-->Music Ministry--> Sanctuary Organ" web page, "Work in 2002 added an electric assist to the mechanical action, as well as solid-state combination memory levels."

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

Database Manager on October 10, 2011:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin.

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

Database Manager on July 13, 2008:

Updated through online information from Michael Valentine. -- The Casavant organ was purchased by Crievewood Baptist Church and installed in their Sanctuary.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

In rear gallery. 6 gen., 5 div. combinations. [A Casavant removed from front chambers when this was installed.] [In same building as Casavant was? One reference is to a new building. Or was the Casavant moved to a new building, then replaced?]

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 dedication program and verified against the church website stoplist.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Rear Gallery and Organ Case: Photo from the cover of a 2008 recital program; image courtesy of James R. Stettner. Taken on 2008-06-01

Gallery and Organ Cases: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2003-11-21

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2003-11-21

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Cases: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2003-11-21

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