Pipe Organ Database

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M. P. Möller (Opus 5744, 1930)

Location:

First Lutheran Church
1301 Colley Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23517 US
Nave
Organ ID: 32162

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jeff Scofield on September 22, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 13 ranks. 494 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops. 23 registers.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Registers: 23
  • 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: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jeff Scofield on September 22, 2021.
Ryan-Michael Blake on February 08, 2021:

The first instrument at the Colley Avenue location. Contracted in 1929 for a sum of $5,000, and paid for by the Ladies' Aid Society hosting numerous rummage sales and chicken dinners. Installation began the week of April 13, 1930 and ready for the first public service of the new building, held on the Second Sunday after Easter, May 4, 1930.

The instrument was removed in July 1970 to prepare for the installation of Austin Organ, Op. 2529. Pieces of the instrument were sold to interested parties to help defray costs of the new organ. The console was destroyed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Ryan-Michael Blake on February 08, 2021.

Database Manager on December 06, 2007:

Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Factory Specification: Open In New Tab Numerous ranks both replaced and added during the later life of the instrument. Originally published ca. 1930
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Ryan-Michael Blake on February 08, 2021.
Contract and Factory Specification: Open In New Tab Contract and factory specification
We received the most recent update for this document from Ryan-Michael Blake on September 21, 2021.

Instrument Images:

The interior of the church in a service celebrating the renovation of the chancel: Photograph from an archival source: No photo credit given, submitted by Ryan-Michael Blake. Taken on 1951-05-06

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