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Bethel United Methodist Church, Charleston, S.C.

Three Manuals, Fifty-One Ranks

Photo of facade of 3-manual, 51-rank A E Schlueter pipe organ at Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina

The A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company was commissioned to build a three manual, fifty-one rank organ for Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, SC. This new instrument is composed of a Swell, Choir/Solo, and Pedal Divisions.

Closeup photo of console of 3-manual, 51-rank A E Schlueter pipe organ at Bethel United Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina The eclectic stoplist was conceived as paying homage to American and English tonal concepts, with a purposeful regard for the room, acoustics, and worship style. Each division is designed around an independent 8 weighted Principal Chorus. A variety of flutes are found on the specification inclusive of open, stopped, semi-closed (Rohr and Koppel) and harmonic A divided string organ division is located between the Swell and the Choir/Solo divisions and compounded by means of couplers.

Located in the Choir/Solo is also an expressive, high pressure reed compliment consisting of a Hooded English Tuba, Hooded Tromba Heroique, Clarinet, and French Horn. These stops are duplexed and non-coupling between the Great and the Choir/Solo divisions.

The organ is controlled with a III Manual drawknob console, and includes features such as multiple-level memory. Transposer, Great/Choir Manual transfer, pro-grammable ventil cutouts, crescendo and sforzando, and record-playback capability.

This organ was installed in 2004.

SPECIFICATION:

GREAT
16 Double Open Diapason, 12 Pipes
8 Open Diapason, 61 Pipes
8 Principal, 61 Pipes
8 Violone, 49 Pipes
8 Bourdon, 61 Pipes
8 Harmonic Flute, 44 Pipes
4 Octave, 61 Pipes
4 Spire Flute, 61 Pipes
2 2/3 Twelfth, (prepared for)
2 Fifteenth, 61 Pipes
V Cornet, (prepared for)
IV-V Mixture, 1 1/3 281 Pipes
8 Clarinet (CH/SO)
16 Trombone (CH/SO non-coupling)
8 Tromba Heroique (CH/SO non-coupling)
4 Tromba (CH/SO non-coupling)
8 English Tuba (CH/SO non-coupling)
Chimes (CH/SO)
Great to Great 4
Tremolo





SWELL
16 Lieblich Flute, 12 Pipes
8 Chimney Flute, 61 Pipes
8 Geigen Principal, 61 Pipes
8 Viole de Gamba, 61 Pipes
8 Viole Celeste, TC 49 Pipes
8 Flauto Dolce, 61 Pipes
8 Flauto Dolce Celeste, TC 49 Pipes
4 Geigen Octave, 12 Pipes
4 Koppel Flute, 61 Pipes
2 2/3 Nazard, 61 Pipes
2 Flageolet, 61 Pipes
1 3/5 Tierce, 61 Pipes
IV-VI Mixture 2, 300 Pipes
16 Contra Oboe, 12 Pipes
8 Trumpet, 61 Pipes
8 Oboe, 61 Pipes
8 Vox Humana, 61 Pipes (separate tremolo)
4 Clarion, 12 Pipes
Swell to Swell 16
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4
Tremolo

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CHOIR/SOLO
16 Gemshorn, 61 Notes
8 English Diapason, 61 Pipes
8 Hohl Flute, 61 Pipes
8 Gamba, 61 Pipes
8 Gamba Celeste, TC 49 Pipes
8 Gemshorn, 61 Pipes
8 Gemshorn Celeste, TC 49 Pipes
4 Principal, 61 Pipes
4 Traverse Flute, 61 Pipes
2 Piccolo, 61 Pipes
1 1/3 Quint, 61 Pipes
III Choral Mixture 2, 183 Pipes
8 Clarinet, 61 Pipes
8 French Horn, 61 Pipes
8 Tromba Heroique, 61 Pipes
16 English Tuba, 49 Notes (non-coupling)
8 English Tuba, 61 Pipes (non-coupling)
4 English Tuba, 49 Notes (non-coupling)
Choir/Solo to Choir/Solo 16
Choir/Solo Unison Off
Choir/Solo to Choir/Solo 4
Harp 61 Notes (digital)
Zimbelstern, 9 Bells
Tremolo

PEDAL
32 Untersatz, 32 Notes
16 Principal, 12 Pipes
16 Double Open Diapason (GT)
16 Gemshorn (CH/SO)
16 Bourdon, 12 Pipes
16 Lieblich Flute (SW)
8 Octave, 32 Pipes
8 Open Diapason (GT)
8 Gemshorn (CH/SO)
8 Bourdon, 32 Pipes
8 Chimney Flute (SW)
4 Choral Bass, 32 Notes
4 Cantus Flute (GT)
III Mixture 2 2/3, 96 Notes-
32 Contra Trombone, 32 Notes (digital)
32 Harmonics, 32 Notes
16 Trombone, 12 Pipes (CH/SO)
16 Contra Oboe (SW)
8 English Tuba (CH/SO)
8 Tromba (CH/SO)
8 Oboe (SW)
4 Clairon (CH/SO)
Chimes, 32 Notes (digital) (on tablet rail)

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INTER-MANUAL COUPLERS
Great to Pedal 8
Great to Pedal 4
Swell to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 4
Choir/Solo to Pedal 8
Choir/Solo to Pedal 4
MIDI on Pedal

Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Choir/Solo to Great 16
Choir/Solo to Great 8
Choir/Solo to Great 4
MIDI on Great

Great to Choir/Solo 8
Swell to Choir/Solo 16
Swell to Choir/Solo 8
Swell to Choir/Solo 4
MIDI on Choir/Solo
MIDI on Swell


COMBINATION PISTONS
128 Level Memory (minimum) for the entire combination system
General Cancel
Setter Piston
1,2,3,4,5 Thumb Pistons affecting Great
1,2,3,4,5 Thumb Pistons affecting Swell
1,2,3,4,5 Thumb Pistons affecting Choir/Solo
1,2,3,4,5 Toe Pistons affecting Pedal
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 General Pistons affecting entire organ
6,7,8,9,10 General Pistons duplicated by toe studs

ACCESSORIES
Balanced Swell Expression Pedal
Balanced Choir/Solo Expression Pedal
Crescendo Pedal
Crescendo Indicator Light
Clear, Music Rack with Light
Pedal Light
Great to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
Swell to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
Choir/Solo to Pedal Reversible Thumb and Toe
32 Untersatz Reversible Thumb or Toe
32 Contra Trombone Reversible Thumb or Toe
Reeds Off
Mixtures Off
Great/Choir Transfer
Sforzando Reversible Thumb and Toe
Sforzando Indicator Light
Motor Switch
Blower and Rectifier
File Data Sequencer