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M. P. Möller (Opus 11180, 1977)

Location:

St. Philomena R.C. Church
4281 Marseilles St.
Detroit, MI 48224 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 29563

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Roman Lizak on April 25, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 5 ranks. 391 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 26 stops. 5 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 26
  • Registers: 5
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • 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 Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Roman Lizak on April 26, 2021:

Organ was removed on April 24th, 2021 and was transported to Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan where it will be reinstalled.

We received the most recent update for this note from Roman Lizak on April 26, 2021.

Roman Lizak on March 23, 2021:

Email correspondence with Irv Lawless:

The organ (Möller opus 11180) you are dealing with is a "Series 70-5" This series is an outgrowth of the original "Artiste" which started in the late 1930's.

The Series 70's went from 70-2 to 70-12 depending on how many ranks were installed. Your organ has 5 ranks. These organs were pre-engineered and pre pipe scaled to help cost down in the small organs. As they grew, you could add:

8' Gemshorn Celeste 49 pipes (t.c.) III-IV Mixture 4' Octave on Great II Sesqui Altera 8' Krummhorn on the Great 16' Principal in the Pedal (12 pipe extension 16' Contra Trompette in the Pedal (12 pipe extension of Swell Trompette) Anything beyond that was priced on the "custom" pricing.

There was also an option of a drawknob console available.

These were sturdy little organs that were designed to last indefinitely. Many from the 30's -40's- 50's and 60's are still playing today. The Series 80's followed until 1992 at the closing of Möller.

We received the most recent update for this note from Roman Lizak on March 23, 2021.

Roman Lizak on March 23, 2021:

The church closed in 2018. Last Mass was celebrated on November 25, 2018. The instrument has sat for about 2-3 years and was recently examined on March 20th, 2021 as a potential candidate for relocation. Upon examination the instrument was found to be in relatively good condition. It is planned that it will be relocated to Cross and Resurrection Lutheran Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan

We received the most recent update for this note from Roman Lizak on March 23, 2021.

Database Manager on January 11, 2010:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield.

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

Database Manager on October 08, 2007:

Identified by Jeff Scofield through information in Möller factory documents.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the factory specifications
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Original factory documentation : Open In New Tab Factory documentation courtesy of Bynum Petty & OHS Archives
Document created on 1976-07-29
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on March 23, 2021.

Factory drawings: Open In New Tab Factory drawings courtesy of the OHS Database
Document created on 1976-10-04
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on May 31, 2021.

Instrument Images:

8’ Principal en Façade: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

Console: Photograph by Roman Lizak . Taken on 2021-03-20

Builder’s nameplate: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

Basses of the façade 8’ Principal: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

Enclosed pipework (front to back: Trompette, Gemshorn, Spitzprincipal, and Bourdon): Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

Kinetic Blower: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

Kinetic Blower nameplate. 1/2 Horsepower Style 2-P-1716 260 CFM- 4” Pressure at 1725 RPM: Photograph by Roman Lizak. Taken on 2021-03-20

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