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Otto W. Pebworth (2018)

Originally Gress-Miles Organ Co. (1973)

Location:

Calvary Presbyterian Church
6120 N. Kings Highway
Alexandria, VA 22303 US
Organ ID: 63501

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian 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 December 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 14 ranks. 866 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Database Manager on November 23, 2018:

Updated by Otto W. Pebworth, the builder.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on November 22, 2018:

The organ was originally built by Gress-Miles as II/14 for the Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Virginia. In 2005, the console was replaced with a digital instrument by Ahlborn-Galanti, the new console controlled the original Swell manual from the Choir manual, and the new Swell consisted entirely of digital voices. When Arlington Presbyterian sold their building in 2016, the organ was given to Calvary Presbyterian in Alexandra, Virginia. The organ was in storage for two years, then installed by Otto Pebworth with assistance from Richard Maryman. Ralph Spoettle assisted with the digital portion. In the current configuration, the Swell manual controls the pipes under expression and the Choir is now all digital.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on October 18, 2018:

This is a new home for an organ that was altered when it was moved from another location.
Identified by Otto W. Pebworth
This was a Project in Cooperation with Ralph Spoettle of Sound/Organ Design, Virginia Beach, VA., who handled the Digital Installation, Modification, and Voicing Work on the AG-3200 Console.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Swell Division Pipework: Photograph by Otto W. Pebworth. Taken on 2018-05-30

Great Division Pipework: Photograph by Otto W. Pebworth. Taken on 2018-05-30

Pedal Bourdon: Photograph by Otto W. Pebworth. Taken on 2018-05-30

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