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    Chapel by the Sea of Fort Myers Beach of Fort Myers Beach, FL, had a contract with Moller for a pipe organ. It was to be delivered in June, 1992. The company closed its doors in April 1992. We eventually got the organ, and it has the Moller name on it, Opus 11845. It was built in 1993.





    I know that John Stuck bought the name and customer list at auction in late 1992 or early 1993.



    Can someone fill me in on the history of Moller after they declared bankruptcy? I'm working on a book on the history of Chapel by the Sea.



    I'm also wondering, what was the number of the last Moller organ?



    Thanks,



    Maynard Pittendreigh, Senior Pastor


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    I seem to recall that Allen was using the Moller name a few years ago for a product line of replacement consoles for pipe organs that also had digital voices available if you wanted them. Or, one could say that Allen's "Moller" organs were digital instruments intended to be integrated as hybridorgans.


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      Re: Need info on the Moller Company after they declared bankruptcy in 1992.



      Pastor Pittendreigh,




      Dan Angerstein and I did the tonal finishing on that organ, right after Marc Conley installed it.




      To my best knowledge, there was only one more Moller installed after Chapel By The Sea Presbyterian. I believe that one was also a Presbyterian church in Columbia, South Carolina. They too, were delayed in receiving their instrument, but it was eventually delivered.




      I have many wonderful photos of the unique windows at Chapel By The Sea.The congregation members, and the staff were also wonderful, helpful people. Nothing but good memories from that occasion.




      Please see your private messages box....I have left contact information there for you.




      Best wishes.....

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        Re: Need info on the Moller Company after they declared bankruptcy in 1992.



        The large "Dolphin Trinity" window was blown out with Hurricane Charley in 2004. Strangely, only the center section remained intact, and it was hanging by a single supporting rod. That center section is now hanging in a shadow box behind the ship, or pulpit. The window was completely and accurately duplicated. All other windows were left unharmed..




        It is wonderful to hear from someone who knows the instrument. Anything you may add about the organ or its history would be appreciated.




        I'll share one story. Much of the organ fund had come from one man. The pastor feared telling him about the closing of Moller and the possible loss of all the funds they had spent to date. He went first to the man's wife, who said, "Wonderful!!! He was determined that he wouldn't die until he heard the first note of the organ. Take your time." The donor was able to hear the organ play, and he did die shortly afterward, before the dedication.

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