The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Temple Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213

OHS Database ID 264.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 31, 1981-06-30.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 27, 2015.

Technical Details

Electric key action. Mechanical stop action.

Four manuals. 51 stops. 50 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible thumb pistons.


  • Status Note: There 1981. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from David Scribner. -- French-style terraced console - the combination action has been shut off due to leakage in that system. Manuals under contract for renovation (Database Manager. November 28, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from David Scribner. -- Visited during the AIO 2005 Convention (Database Manager. January 22, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The action was electrified by Kimball in 1929. (Database Manager. February 3, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from James W Guyer. -- The below stoplist for this instrument labels it as "opus 2156", built in 1906 and references the January, 1908 edition of the New Music Review. Upon looking through a copy of this journal, the corrected date is 1907, and no opus number is given anywhere in the journal.

    Additionally, Kimball used KPO (Kimball Pipe Organ) to catalog their instruments, not opus numbers. And placing this as KPO 2156 puts it out of sequence with other Kimball organs built around the same time. (Database Manager. October 27, 2015)

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Interior and organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Interior and organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-09-18
Interior and organ. Vintage postcard, courtesy of James R. Stettner 1926-06-15
Interior and Organ. Photo (1910) from Jim Lewis Collection
Sanctuary interior. Photograph by Stephen Schnurr 2010-07-26

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  • From The New Music Review (January 1908)
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Temple Rodef Shalom
    W.W. Kimball Co.   Opus 2156   1906       4 manuals, 52 stops, 50 ranks
            GREAT ORGAN (open chest)         CHOIR ORGAN (enclosed)
         8' Bell Diapason       61        8' French Diapason     61
         8' Claribel Flute      61        8' Harmonic Flute      61
         8' Gemshorn            61        8' Spitz Flute         61
         8' Flauto Dolce        61        8' Salicional          61
         8' Dulciana            61        8' Dolce               61
         4' Octave              61        8' Quintadena          61
         4' Wald Flute          61        4' Fern Horn           61
     2 2/3' Nazard              61        4' Flute Octaviante    61
         2' Super Octave        61        2' Harmonic Piccolo    61
     1 3/5' Tierce              61        8' Clarinet            61
     1 1/3' Larigot             61           Tremolo
            SWELL ORGAN (enclosed)           SOLO ORGAN (enclosed)
        16' Bourdon             61       16' Contra Gamba        61
         8' Horn Diapason       61        8' Open Diapason       61
         8' Stopped Flute       61        8' Gamba               61
         8' Violoncello         61        8' Wald Horn           61
         8' Viol d'Orchestre    61        8' Flute d'Orchestre   61
         8' Viol Celeste        61       16' Tuba Profunda       61
         8' Aeoline             61        8' Tuba Shophar        61
         4' Flauto Traverso     61        8' Oboe d'Orchestre    61
         2' Flageolet           61
        16' Oboe d'Amour [sic]  61           PEDAL ORGAN
         8' Harmonic Trumpet    61       64' Diapente (resultant)
         8' Saxophone           61       32' Sub Bourdon         32
         8' Vox Humana          61       16' Open Diapason       32
         4' Harmonic Clarion    61       16' Contra Bass         32
            Swell Tremolo                16' Bourdon             32
            Vox Humana Tremolo           16' Lieblich Gedeckt    32
         8' Celestina [Harp]              8' Principal           32
                                          8' Violoncello         32
            Swell to Pedal 8, 4              COMBINATION PEDALS, MOVEMENTS
            Great to Pedal 8                 Balanced Pedal - Vox Humana
            Choir to Pedal 8, 4              Balanced Pedal - Solo
            Solo to Pedal 8, 4               Balanced Pedal - Swell
            Swell to Great 16, 8, 4          Balanced Pedal - Choir
            Choir to Great 16, 8             Balanced Pedal - Crescendo
            Solo to Great 8, 4               Solo to Great Reversible
            Swell to Choir 16, 8             Solo to Pedal Reversible
            Solo to Choir 16, 8              Swell to Pedal Reversible
            Great to Solo 8                  Great to Pedal Reversible
            Swell to Solo 8                  All sub and super couplers "off"
            Choir to Solo 8                  All couplers "off"
            Solo at Octaves                  Sforzando
            Swell at Octaves                 Pedal treble separation - gives
            Choir at Sub-Octaves               13 lower notes of any drawn 
            Pedal at Octaves                   pedal stop, the rest of the 
                                               pedal board sounding any
            ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS            optional manual coupling
            Solo     1-2-3-4-5               6 pedals to govern pedal organ
            Swell    1-2-3-4-5-6-7
            Great    1-2-3-4-5-6             ALL REGISTERS 
            Choir    1-2-3-4-5               Manual 61 pipes   Pedal 32 pipes
                                             No augmentations or "draw downs"
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-08-26]
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