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Bradley Rule / B. Rule & Co. (2013)

Originally Pomplitz Church Organ Co. (1875ca.)

Location:

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church
425 North Central Avenue
Campbellsville, KY 42718 US
Organ ID: 51302

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered 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 Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 10 ranks. 1 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a floor-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: 1
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Balanced tracker.
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • 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.
Database Manager on October 08, 2013:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin. -- As mentioned previously, the organ arrived at B Rule & Company missing most of its original case. The panels on either side of the console appear to be Pomplitz work, but had been considerably altered. The lower parts of the angled sections are obviously from a different and unknown organ. The upper case portions were built new. The facade pipe stenciling and paint colors were not part of the organ builders contract. A local volunteer provided that service. Despite the significant changes to the case, the pipes were not altered beyond cleaning, repair, regulating and tuning.

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

Database Manager on May 11, 2013:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin.

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

Database Manager on May 10, 2013:

This is a rebuild of an existing organ. Identified by William Dunklin, based on information learned from a conversation with Bradley Rule. -- Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the 3rd and possibly the 4th home for this organ. It seems that the original installation was in, or near, Harrisonburg, Virginia (we do not know the name of the church). Its most recent home was an AME church in Cumberland, Maryland. It may have been somewhere else in between. The information is solely based on the old railroad shipping labels on the swell box panels. The Harrisonburg label is clearly much older than the newer paper labels sending it to Cumberland Maryland.
The organ had been in storage for a significant period of time. It arrived in the B. Rule & Company shop mostly complete, but missing significant portions of the case and various parts of the action and chassis.
The donor, Lloyd Farrar, who paid for the entire project, requested as close to a historical restoration as possible. Significantly, the organ remains pitched sharp, roughly A=451 and the 27 note, flat, straight pedal board is shifted about 3 notes to the right of modern placement.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab from B. Rule & Company paperwork.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Pomplitz facade pipes being repaired and racked at the B. Rule & Company shop.: Photograph by Bradley Rule. Taken on 2013-05-06

Pomplitz organ front view, without casework, near completion of renovation at the B Rule & Company shop.: Photograph by William Dunklin. Taken on 2013-05-06

Pomplitz organ, bass side view: Photograph by Bradley Rule. Taken on 2013-05-06

Organ facade with polychrome stenciling and banding by a church volunteer.: Photograph by Bradley Rule. Taken on 2013-09-26

Church interior and organ: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Organ case façade pipes: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Keydesk: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Left stopjamb: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Right stopjamb: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Pedalboard: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Water motor console: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

Pomplitz builder plate: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

B. Rule builder plate: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-02-04

Church exterior: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2014-02-06

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