Posting ID : A1068497337
Date Posted : 2015-08-19
Category : Musical Instruments By Owner
Here we have a Moller Artiste pipe organ, made in 1950 for Concordia Teachers College in River Forest, IL. It was later used in a church near Rockford, IL, from which it was removed and stored by an organ servicing company. I acquired it when the church decided not to install it in their new building. My plan was to assemble it in my home as a practice organ, but an up-coming move has changed that plan.
When assembled, the organ case is approximately 8 feet wide, 4 feet deep, and slightly less than 8 feet tall. The console connects with a cable about 25 feet long, which has been disconnected at the console end.
All of the pipes, chests, reservoirs, tremolo, blower and even the bolts and screws needed for assembly are present, but I have never seen the organ assembled. The guys at the church where I picked it up said the windchest had been releathered sometime in the past, but they didn't recall how long ago that was. The console has the scuffs and nicks you'd expect from a 65-year old organ, but no serious cabinet damage. The roll-top keydesk cover is in great shape, but the lock is missing. The stop tab rockers are crumbling from age, and I know where to get replacements for around $100.
All of the parts are in a ground-level garage and shed with easy drive-up access. The console is the heaviest piece, but it is on mover's dollies that can go with it. The smaller pipes are in cardboard crates, and the larger ones are loose, some shrink-wrapped and some not. We moved it all in a 16-foot box truck with room to spare.
The organ came from the factory with the off-white paint finish. The photo with the wood-grained finish is NOT the organ we have, but is included to show how an assembled Artiste looks. There are also 17 faade pipes included that are not shown in the reference photo.
Email with any questions. - Joe :-)