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Damascus United Methodist Church
9700 New Church Street
Damascus, Maryland 20852

OHS Database ID 18179.

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Status and Condition

This organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 28, 2013.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 28 stops. 39 registers. 32 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Purchased from Metropolitan Memorial Methodist in Washington DC for $7500 c. 1958. Additional $7500 installation cost. Trumpet has been rebuilt and some pouches replaced. (Elizabeth Schmitt. June 5, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Kalnoske. -- Original condition Skinner, being renovated with new 4-manual E.M. Skinner console (1922) and Skinner French Horn & English Horn. (Database Manager. August 18, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Kalnoske. -- Renovation completed in October 2013. Console stripped of white paint, refinished with wood stain. New keyboards/stop jambs/pedalboard/bench. Peterson ICS-4000. New French Horn from Möller "Whitelegg" organ Op. 6463 (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.). (Database Manager. October 28, 2013)

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  • Hobbs, Robert. "May 22 2004 Crawl: Organs in Three Maryland Counties," Where the Tracker Action Is (Vol. 33, No. 11 (June 2004)).

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  • Specification from church web site
    Damascus, Maryland
    Damascus United Methodist Church
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 843   1930          3 manuals, 28 stops, 32 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                             SWELL ORGAN
         16' Bourdon             17 PED          16' Bourdon             73
          8' First Diapason      61               8' Diapason            73
          8' Second Diapason     61               8' Rohrflöte           73
          8' Open Wood           pf a             8' Gamba               73
          8' Harmonic Flute      61               8' Gamba Celeste       73
          4' Principal           61               8' Flute Celeste II   134
         II  Grave Mixture      122               4' Flute Triangulaire  73
          8' Tuba                CH               2' Piccolo             61
             Chimes (in SW box)  25 tubes       III  Mixture            183  
          8' Harp (TC)           --              16' Contra Oboe         73
          4' Celesta             61 bars          8' Trumpet             73
                                                  8' Oboe                73
             CHOIR ORGAN                          8' Vox Humana          73
          8' Geigen Diapason     73               8' Tuba                CH c
          8' Concert Flute       73                  Tremolo
          8' Dulciana            73
          8' Unda Maris (TC)     61                  PEDAL ORGAN
          4' Flute               73              32' Resultant (f)       --
          8' Clarinet            73              32' Resultant (p)       --
          8' French Horn         61 b            16' Diapason            32
          8' Tuba                61 c            16' Bourdon             32
             Tremolo                             16' Echo Bourdon        SW
                                                  8' Octave              12
                                                  8' Gedeckt             12
                                                 16' Trombone (ext Tuba) 12 CH
                                                 16' Contra Oboe         SW
                                                  8' Tuba                CH   
                                                     Chimes              GT
          a  extension PED 8' Octave (prepared)
          b  from Möller Op. 6463 (James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.) 
          c  engages Unison Off
             COMBINATIONS (99 levels)                COUPLERS
             Great      6     (thumb)                Great to Pedal       8
             Swell      6     (thumb)                Swell to Pedal       8  4
             Choir      6     (thumb)                Choir to Pedal       8  4
             Pedal      6     (thumb)                Swell to Great   16  8  4
             General   12     (thumb & toe)          Choir to Great   16  8  4
             Set              (thumb)                Swell to Choir   16  8  4
             General Cancel   (thumb)
             EXPRESSION                              ACCESSORIES
             Balanced Swell Pedal                    Great/Choir transfer
             Balanced Choir Pedal                    Pedal Divide
             Crescendo Pedal                         Prev/Next pistons & toe studs
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-06-17]
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