Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

Rudolf von Beckerath (1974)

Location:

University of Houston
3333 Cullen Blvd.
Houston, TX 77004 US
Fine Arts Bldg., Organ Recital Hall
Organ ID: 4358

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Conservatories and Independent Music Schools
  • The organ has been renovated with changes 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 Jeff Scofield on May 04, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 48 ranks. 3 manuals. 34 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 34
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Corbin Sturch on April 23, 2020:

The organ has had the original solid state system replaced with a Solid State Logic system, with an upgrade to 20 generals and a sequencer. Console lighting and controles were updated including changeover to LED and an added console overhead. The organ has further been altered to reflect a Kellner temperament.

We received the most recent update for this note from Corbin Sturch on April 23, 2020.

Database Manager on June 07, 2014:

This entry describes alterations to an existing organ. Identified by Anthony Meloni, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- The positive tracker action, originally built with Beckerath standard wire trackers, was unsuccessful. The wires caused a spongy action. The entire tracker action and square rails in the positive division were changed to wood, with a much better result. This opportunity came after severe water damage affected the positive and pedal actions. The organ had been badly damaged in a flood, which left the organ sitting in 2 feet of water for about a week. All Pedal action parts were cleaned or replaced as well. The case was also refinished on the bottom portion, including pedalboard and toe pistons replaced.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

6 gen., 6 div. combinations.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from University of Houston website: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case, facade and console: Photograph by Tracy Ngo, submitted by Daryl Robinson. Taken on 2018-08-01

Console: Photograph by Tracy Ngo, submitted by Daryl Robinson. Taken on 2018-08-01

Organ Case: Photograph by Univ. of Houston Music Program, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2017-06-30

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