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J. G. Pfeffer (1878)

Exhibited in the 1986 OHS convention

Location:

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Parish
11th & Avenue E
Fort Madison, IA 52627 US
Organ ID: 3759

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 34 ranks. 1,644 pipes. 2 manuals. 29 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 29
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021:

From the 1986 OHS Handbook: Original cost, $4,500. Dedicated in "Grand Concert" 30 June 1878.

"The Principal 16' has "monkey quints" in the bass-unusual stopped wood pipes of 16' pitch each paired with an 8' open wood pipe sharing a common foot. The Gross Floete 8' is really a double Clarabella, an open wood rank with a double set of normal mouths; the Holz Gedakt 8' has inverted mouths-a stopped Melodia. The Holz Floete 4' is an open wood Melodia with no stopped basses. The Swell Geigen Principal 8' has 12 unenclosed open wood basses; the Harmonic Floete 8' has 7 stopped wood basses, 24 melodias, and the remainder of harmonic metal pipes. The Violine 8' is a bell gamba with 12 stopped wood basses. The Rohrfloete 4' has 12 stopped wood basses with inverted mouths; the bulk of the rank is of metal chimney flutes with moveable caps. The Pedal division is divided on two 7-stop slider chests. The Viol Bass 8' has inverted mouths; the Floetenbaſs 4' is tapered."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.

Database Manager on February 09, 2007:

Updated through online information from Humphrey Family. -- Restored to original condition under direction of Father Robert McAleer. Pastor Ss. Mary & Joseph Church. National Historical Organ Society reconizes this organ as the largest built by Mr. Pfeffer. Orginal wind source was restored to full functionality so that it can be manually powered. All mechanical linkages and leather connections where restored to full working order. Exterior and pipes were repaired and restored to their original appearence and integrity. The organ has 1644 pipes, 34 ranks, and 29 stops. Restoration was performed by Phil Hoenig of Fort Madison. Completed fall of 2000.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1998

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

To be restored c. 1999 by Philip Hoenig.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1986 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published June 1986
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Nave and organ in rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: 1986 OHS Handbook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1986

Console: Photograph from an archival source: 1986 OHS Handbook, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1986

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