Austin Organ Co. (Opus 456, 1913)

Location:

First Church of Christ, Scientist
102 e University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21210 US
Organ ID: 12497

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Church of Christ, Scientist
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 26 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 26 stops. 30 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 26
  • Registers: 30
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 28, 2013:

Updated through online information from steve bartley. -- In the early 1960s Austin replaced the original console with a new standard tilt tab Austin model. They also updated the note pneumatics to a newer style. The organ originally contained an echo division. It was located in the hallway behind the organ chamber in what looks like a closet. At some time in the past the chest, pipes and shades were removed and the enclosure was fitted with shelves to become music storage, but the shade frame, on the roof of the enclosure, remains as does the linkage for operating the shades. No other changes have been made to the organ.

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

Database Manager on May 27, 2013:

Updated through online information from steven bartley.

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

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 19, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Taken from console and chambers
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Pipe facade: Photograph by steve bartley. Taken on 2013-11-14

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