M. P. Möller (Opus 10655, 1969)

Location:

University of Pittsburgh
315 S Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 US
Bellefield Hall
Organ ID: 39335

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Benjamin Sommer on September 14, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP unit
  • 4 ranks. 298 pipes. 2 divisions. 2 manuals. 4 stops. 17 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): EP unit chests
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) at the front of the room.
  • Built by M. P. Möller
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on April 28, 2022.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): EP unit chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by M. P. Möller
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on April 28, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by M. P. Möller
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 4
  • Registers: 17
  • 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: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on April 28, 2022.
Benjamin Sommer on August 27, 2022:

The Department of Music has shown absolutely no interest or care in maintaining/replacing the organ despite repeated attempts from the organ professor advocating for any level of servicing whatsoever.

We received the most recent update for this note from Benjamin Sommer on August 27, 2022.

Benjamin Sommer on April 26, 2022:

Multiple pipes are collapsed and dead notes plague the instrument making simple practice nearly impossible. The organ is severely out of tune and all of the pipework is covered in a thick layer of dust. Console has multiple sticking and cracked keys and the pedalboard is very worn. Expression shoe also slams and needs to be rebalanced. Digital levels of memory would be highly desirable. The instrument was neglected for decades and needs a total overhaul. A new console, additional pipework, and better climate control in the room + acoustic panels would greatly improve the organ practice studio.

We received the most recent update for this note from Benjamin Sommer on April 26, 2022.

Database Manager on February 23, 2009:

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.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Benjamin Sommer on April 26, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Expressive Swell and exposed Great: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-24

Exposed Great pipework: 8' Bourdon and 4' Principal: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-24

Exposed Great pipes from the end; 16' wooden Bourdon behind: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-24

Console in profile: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-24

Console: stoprail and manuals: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-23

Builders nameplate: Photograph by Benjamin Sommer. Taken on 2022-02-24

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