• July Update

    Progress continues. The date for removing the pipes of the south chamber has been moved back to mid- to late August. This gives us a few more weeks with the organ as it is. The reed revoicing, however, is right on schedule.


    The Great Bombarde on the voicing machine. The pipes have been stripped and refinished, new brass wedges installed, and scrolls replaced where necessary.


    Here’s a few of the lowest French Horns. They also have been stripped and refinished. The double-scrolls have been cut out and will be replaced with single voicing scrolls. The domed covers have been removed (many of them were dented in) and replaced with flat covers.


  • First ranks leave the building

    On Friday April 4, the first complete reed ranks were removed from the Great, Choir and Pedal divisions. A team of 5 volunteers which included church custodial staff worked to remove the Choir Clarinet, the Choir French Horn, the Great 8′ and 4′ Bombarde, and the Pedal 16′, 8′, & 4′ Bombarde. Pictured here are reed pipes crated for moving.

    Organist Brent Johnson and Reed Voicer Greg Caldwell carrying low D of the 16′ Bombarde to the elevator:
    Bombardes and French Horns too large to be packed:The largest pipes were taken by trailer to a pipe shop in Illinois where they will be repaired and mitred to fit within the new layout of the organ. The remainder were taken to the shop of Greg Caldwell Organ Reed Restoration where they will be stripped, refinished and revoiced. This step will be completed by this summer when the entirety of the organ in the south chamber will be removed. The revoiced reeds will travel to the Bogue shop where the new contents of the south chamber will be assembled and tested.


  • Console Updates

    The Stoplist, complete with some new nomenclature has been decided upon, and all drawknob faces and stoptabs have been ordered. All pipes are by Moller unless indicated. New ranks are being created by Organ Supply Industries and Eastern Organ Pipes. Here’s the list.

    GREAT

    1. 16 Violone
    2. 8 First Diapason
    3. 8 Second Diapason – Kilgen
    4. 8 Stopped Flute – New
    5. 8 Melodia – Kilgen
    6. 8 Gemshorn
    7. 4 Principal
    8. 4 Octave
    9. 4 Harmonic Flute
    10. 2 2/3 Quint
    11. 2 Super Octave
    12. III Mixture
    13. III Cymbal
    14. 16 Contra Trumpet – New
    15. 8 Trumpet – Kilgen
    16. 4 Clarion (from 15)
    17. 8 Tuba Mirabilis (Choir)
    18. Chimes
    19. Zymbelstern
    20. Tremolo
    21. Great to Great 4
    22. Great Unison Off
    23. Great to Great 16
    24. MIDI I
    25. MIDI II
    3 Blanks

    SWELL
    26. 16 Lieblich Gedeckt – Kilgen
    27. 8 Geigen Principal
    28. 8 Gedeckt (from 26)
    29. 8 Viol d’Gamba
    30. 8 Gamba Celeste
    31. 8 Rohr Flute
    32. 8 Flauto Dolce – New
    33. 8 Flauto Celeste
    34. 4 Principal
    35. 4 Night Horn – New
    36. 2 Flautino
    37. III Plein Jeu
    38. 16 Double Trumpet
    39. 8 Trompette (from 38)
    40. 8 Trumpet – New
    41. 8 Oboe
    42. 8 Vox Humana- Kilgen
    43. 4 Clarion
    44. 8 Tuba Mirabilis (Choir)
    45. Tremolo
    46. Swell to Swell 16
    47. Swell Unison Off
    48. Swell to Swell 4
    49. MIDI I
    50. MIDI II
    3 Blanks

    CHOIR
    51. 8 Viola – Kilgen
    52. 8 Viola Celeste – New
    53. 8 Concert Flute – Kilgen
    54. 8 Dulciana – Kilgen
    55. 8 Unda Maris
    56. 4 Fugara
    57. 4 Flute d’Amour – Kilgen
    58. 4 Dulciana (from 54)
    59. 2 2/3 Nasard
    60. 2 Piccolo
    61. 8 French Horn
    62. 8 Clarinet – Kilgen
    63. 8 Tuba Mirabilis – New
    64. Chimes
    65. Tremolo
    66. Choir to Choir 4
    67. Choir Unison Off
    68. Choir to Choir 16
    69. MIDI I
    70. MIDI II
    3 Blanks

    POSITIV
    71. 8 Quintaton
    72. 4 Prestant
    73. 4 Rorhflöte
    74. 2 2/3 Nasat
    75. 2 Blockflöte
    76. 1 3/5 Tierce
    77. 1 1/3 Klein Quint
    78. 1 Sifflöte
    79. 8 Trechter Regal – New
    80. Tremolo
    81. Positiv to Positiv 4
    82. Positiv Unison Off
    83. Positiv to Positiv 16
    84. MIDI
    1 Blank

    ANTIPHONAL
    85. 8 Gedeckt
    86. 8 Viol
    87. 8 Viol Celeste
    88. 4 Octave
    89. 4 Triangle Flute – Formerly in Swell
    90. 2 2/3 Lieblich Quint (from 85)
    91. 2 Lieblich Flute (from 85)
    92. 8 Trumpet
    93. 8 Tuba Mirabilis (Choir)
    94. Chimes
    95. Tremolo
    96. Antiphonal to Antiphonal 4
    97. Antiphonal Unison Off
    98. Antiphonal to Antiphonal 16
    99. MIDI I
    100. MIDI II

    TIBIA
    101. 8 Tibia – Wurlitzer
    102. 4 Tibia (from 101)
    103. 2 2/3 Tibia (from 101)
    104. 2 Tibia (from 101)
    105. Tremolo
    106. MIDI

    PEDAL
    107. 32 Gravissima (Resultant) – New
    108. 32 Resultant (Resultant)
    109. 16 Open Diapason – Kilgen
    110. 16 Violone (Great)
    111. 16 Bourdon – Kilgen
    112. 16 Lieblich Gedeckt (Swell)
    113. 8 Octave – Kilgen
    114. 8 Principal (from 109)
    115. 8 Viol (Great)
    116. 8 Bourdon (from 111)
    117. 8 Gedeckt (Swell)
    118. 4 Bourdon (from 111)
    119. 4 Principal (from 113)
    120. 2 Octavin (from 113)
    121. 16 Bombarde
    122. 16 Double Trumpet (Swell)
    123. 16 Contra Trumpet (Great)
    124. 8 Bombarde (from 121)
    125. 8 Trumpet (Swell)
    126. 4 Bombarde (from 121)
    127. 8 Tuba Mirabilis (Choir)
    128. MIDI
    5 blanks

    COUPLERS
    129. Great to Pedal 8
    130. Great to Pedal 4
    131. Swell to Pedal 8
    132. Swell to Pedal 4
    133. Choir to Pedal 8
    134. Choir to Pedal 4
    135. Positiv to Pedal 8
    136. Antiphonal to Pedal 8
    137. Tibia to Pedal 8
    138. Positiv to Swell 8
    139. Tibia on Swell 8
    140. Swell to Great 16
    141. Swell to Great 8
    142. Swell to Great 4
    143. Choir to Great 16
    144. Choir to Great 8
    145. Choir to Great 4
    146. Positiv to Great 16
    147. Positiv to Great 8
    148. Positiv to Great 4
    149. Antiphonal to Great 16
    150. Antiphonal to Great 8
    151. Antiphonal to Great 4
    152. Tibia on Great 8
    153. Swell to Choir 16
    154. Swell to Choir 8
    155. Swell to Choir 4
    156. Tibia on Choir 8
    157. Tibia on Antiphonal 8
    158. Great Choir Manual Transfer

    INDICATOR LIGHTS
    Wind
    Crescendo Off
    Sforzando I
    Sforzando II
    Transposer
    All Swells to Swell


  • Initial Steps

    The first steps of work have been taken. In early November the Dan and Aaron Bogue came to take measurements of the chambers, openings, wind pressures, and pipe scales. They took several middle C’s with them to serve as samples for the new Celeste ranks.


    Dan Bogue, seen here checking the wind pressure of the Pedal Bombarde.

    In addition, details regarding the new console were discussed. The new console will in many ways attempt to match the style of the current 1950’s Moller console, while better matching the existing woodwork in the church.



    Aaron Bogue taking down notes and measurements

    Using the information gathered on this trip, plans for the completed organ and console will be drawn up, new pipe ranks will be ordered, and work will begin in the Bogue shop on construction of new components for the Great and Pedal chamber and on the new console.


  • Contract Signing

    Third Baptist church of St. Louis, Missouri has signed a contract with Bogue Organs of Downers Grove, Illinois for the rebuilding and enlargement of the church’s pipe organ. The Bogue company was chosen by the church organ committee after a nearly year-long process. During that time multiple companies were invited to give their recommendations on the preservation of the church’s historic organ.

    The organ was originally designed by the Kilgen company of St. Louis and was installed in 1930 following remodeling of the church after a fire. The organ was designed to be 60 ranks, however, only 30 ranks were installed at that time. In 1949, the Möller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland was contracted to complete the organ with 59 ranks. Many of the original Kilgen pipes and chests were retained and used in the new Möller organ. In 1951, the Kilgen console was replaced with a new 4-manual console built by Möller. Later one rank in the form of a Tibia unit rank was added to the organ. The organ is housed in three expressive chambers, two on either side of the chancel and one Antiphonal division in the rear ceiling of the church.

    In the upcoming rebuild all of the existing pipework will be retained as will the current blower and motor, and expression shades. Everything else will be new, including a new custom 4-manual console, electrical system, relays, windchests, and reservoirs. Minor damage to some pipes will be repaired, and some partial ranks that were removed will be returned to use. 9 new ranks of pipes will be crafted, and the majority of the ranks will be restored to their original compass of 73 notes. This will bring the organ to a total of 69 ranks, or 4279 pipes, making it the 5th largest organ in the City of St. Louis.

    In addition the church has contracted with Greg Caldwell Organ Reed Restoration of St. Louis to repair and restore the existing reed pipes in the organ as well as voice the new reed ranks to be added to the organ.

    In addition to the organ’s current specification, a floating 8′ Tuba Mirabilis will be added. An 8′ Stopped Flute and a 16′ manual Tromba will be added to the Great division, and an 8′ Viola Celeste to pair with the existing Viola will be added in the Choir. A new 8′ Trumpet will replace the current borrowed Trumpet in the Swell, and a 4′ Night Horn will replace the existing 4′ Triangle Flute (which will be relocated to the Antiphonal Division to replace the existing borrowed 4′ Gedeckt). A new 8′ Flauto Dolce will be added to pair with an isolated existing Flauto Celeste. An 8′ Holz Regal will be added to the Postiv division. A previously removed portion of the 16′ Open Diapason in the Pedal is being restored, and chimes that had previously been installed in the Choir division are being relocated to the Antiphonal. The entire rebuild works to create a more versatile service and concert instrument while still retaining the organ’s English Cathedral/American Classic combination style.

    Work is scheduled to begin in the church in June of 2008 with the removal of the Great, Positiv, Pedal, and Choir divisions housed in the chamber on the south side of the chancel, followed soon after by the reinstallation of these divisions and delivery of the new console. In August of 2008 the Swell and Antiphonal divisions are scheduled to be removed, and will be reinstalled in January of 2009. The entire instrument will at that time be tonally finished.

    Funds for this project are being raised from the Third Baptist congregation and underwritten by a grant from the Third Baptist Foundation.