The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Blessed Sacrament R.C. Cathedral
One Cathedral Square
Altoona, Pennsylvania 16601

OHS Database ID 3184.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 155, 2003-06-25.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 5, 2010.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 4 divisions. 62 stops. 58 registers. 82 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a gallery at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Tilting/rocking tablets on slanted jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard (not AGO standard dimensions). Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Status Note: There 1992 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Some choir pipework altered in past. Restored 1992 by Columbia Organ Works. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Identified through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Repairs by Aeolian-Skinner in 1954 as their Opus 1291. (Database Manager. June 23, 2008)
  • Updated through on-line information from Nicholas J. Will. -- In addition to the Solid State combination action, the original freie kombinationen system (3) has been restored, as well as the roll-schweller. -- The fourth manual, labeled "Echo," was intended to control a separate instrument in the Sanctuary of the Cathedral, which was never built. (Database Manager. January 5, 2010)

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Console. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Balcony and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Nave, Balcony, and Pipe Facade. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01

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  • Stoplist Taken from Organ 2/27/2015
    Altoona, Pennsylvania
    Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
    Built by G. F. Steinmeyer Co. in Bavaria, Germany in 1931,
    GREAT                  SWELL                      CHOIR                     PEDAL
    16' Diapason           16' Lieblichgedeckt        16' Salicional            16' Diapason
    8' First Diapason      8' Diapason                8' Violin Diapason        16' Violin
    8' Second Diapason     8' Cor de Nuit             8' Rohrgedeckt            16' Subbass
    8' Gamba               8' Viola                   8' Aeoline                16' Salicional
    8' Gemshorn            8' Spitzflöte              8' Vox Cœlestis (tc)      16' Lieblich Gedeckt
    8' Bourdon             8' Unda Maris (t.c.)       8' Fernflöte              10 2/3' Grossquinte
    8' Quintadena          4' Octave                  4' Fugara                 8' Octave
    4' Octave              4' Blockflöte              4' Flauto Traverso        8' Violoncello
    4' Spitzflöte          2 2/3' Nasard              III Harmonica ætherea     4' Octave
    2 2/3' Quinte          2' Schwiegel               II Larigot (12th & 15th)  2' Waldflöte
    2' Superoctave         1 3/5' Tierce              8' Krummhorn              IV Rauschpfife
    III-IV Cornett         1' Schweitzerflöte         4' Kopfregal              32' Kontrabombard
    IV-VI Mixtur           V Grossmixtur              Tremolo                   16' Posaune
    IV Scharff             IV Cymbel                                            8' Trompet
    16' Trompet            16' Bombarde                                         4' Clarion
    8' Tuba                8' Feldtrompete
    4' Clarine             4' Euphone (free reed)
    Great to Pedal   Swell to Great    Swell to Great Sub            Swell Unison Off        Choir Unison Off
    Swell to Pedal   Choir to Great    Swell to Great Super          Swell Sub               Choir Sub
    Choir to Pedal   Swell to Choir    Swell Super                   Choir Super
    1931 ACCESSORIES                                         1992 Accessories
    Sforzando I,  Sforzando II                               29 Memory Levels
    3 Sets of Free Combinations                              General Pistons 1-12
    Reeds Off                                                General Toe Studs 1-12
    Rollschweller                                                                                                                                                          Great Pistons 1-6
    Balanced Swell Pedal                                     Swell Pistons 1-6
    Balanced Choir Pedal                                     Choir Pistons 1-6
                                                             Pedal Toe Studs 1-6
                                                             General Cancel
     [Received from Larry Pruett 2015-03-01.]
  • Click Here Stoplist Taken from Organ 2/27/2015 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.