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Fratelli Ruffatti (1974)

Originally Fratelli Ruffatti (1974)

Location:

Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
5555 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 23145

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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 24, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 117 ranks. 5 divisions. 5 manuals. 87 stops.
All:
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 24, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 5
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 87
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 24, 2019.
Jeff Scofield on August 24, 2021:

The 2,300-seat sanctuary has a 303-foot tower and was completed in 1973.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on August 24, 2021.

Database Manager on May 24, 2019:

Updated by Matt Gerhard, listing this web site as a source of information: https://www.crpc.org/ruffatti.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 25, 2019.

Database Manager on June 02, 2018:

Updated by Matt Gerhard, who gave this as the source of the information: YouTube and website.
The church has reinstated a traditional worship service with choir. The organ is used weekly in that service as well as for concerts and other special events. In 1989 the original Ruffatti console was replaced by a custom Rodgers console.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on August 28, 2016:

Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard.
The organ is not used to the extent that it was during the Kennedy/Bish years, but it is used regularly. Chelsea Chen has been Artist in Residence for a few years, and plays twice a month; a local organist plays the other Sundays. It has been featured in concerts, and Chelsea Chen recently released a new recording on it.

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

Database Manager on October 04, 2014:

Updated through online information from David Walbroehl. -- The organ is unused during service. It sits quiet with a band playing in front of it every Sunday. I did confirm that Diane Bish still records Joy of Music Episodes and uses the organ for the program and recordings.

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

Database Manager on January 11, 2010:

Updated through online information from Eliot Scarpetti.

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

Database Manager on July 15, 2009:

Updated through online information from Eliot Scarpetti.

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

Database Manager on March 19, 2006:

Identified through online information from Scott Crowell. -- Three new all-digital divisions and new digital stops for existing divisions were added by the Walker Technical Company in 2004.

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

Instrument Images:

Church interior: Photograph by Church Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2020-03-15

Church interior: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1988

Organ case: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1988

Antiphonal: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1988

Couplers and hide-away music rack: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1988

Church exterior: Photograph by Church website, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

1974 Ruffatti Console: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1988

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