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Peninsula Lutheran Church
6509 38th Ave. NW
Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

OHS Database ID 22443.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 11, 2008.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

Two manuals. 2 divisions. 7 stops. 21 registers. 9 ranks. 555 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is at the front of the room, and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible thumb pistons.


  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. December 29, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. May 11, 2008)

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Organ and console. Photograph from Balcom and Vaughan Scrapbook; submitted by James R. Stettner 1976-05-14
Great Pipe Display (1997). Photograph by James R. Stettner
Console (1997). Photograph by James R. Stettner
Pipe Display. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25
Console. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25
Great Stops. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25
Swell Stops. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25
Pedal Stops. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by James R. Stettner 2015-09-25

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  • Stoplist copied from the console September 26, 2015
    Gig Harbor, Washington
    Peninsula Lutheran Church (ELCA)
    BALCOM and VAUGHAN PIPE ORGANS, Inc., Opus 812, 1975 - Original Specifications
    GREAT                                        COUPLERS
       8'     Principal                 61          Swell to Pedal                  8
       8'     Rohr Flöte                61          Great to Pedal                  8
       8'     Gemshorn            (Sw)  --
       4'     Octave                    12          Swell to Great               16,8,4
       4'     Rohr Flöte                12
       2'     Principal           (Sw)  12
       III    Mixture  2'              183       FINGER PISTONS
       8'     Hautbois            (Sw)  --          General                       1 – 5
              blank                                 Sw. to Ped.                   (rev)
                                                    Gt. to Ped.                   (rev)
       Great to Great 4'                            Sw. to Gt.                    (rev)
    SWELL (Expressive)
       8'     Bordun                    61       TOE STUDS
       8'     Gemshorn                  61          General                       1 – 5
              blank                                 Gt. to Ped.                   (rev)
       4'     Principal                 61          Sw. to Ped.                   (rev)
       2'     Bordun                    24
       1-1/3' Nasat                      7
       8'     Hautbois                  61       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
              Tremulant                             Swell Expression             (bal.)
                                                    Crescendo                    (bal.)
       Swell to Swell 16'
       Swell to Swell 4'
    PEDAL                                        ACTION: Electro-Pneumatic unit
       16'    Sub Bass            (Sw)  12
       8'     Principal           (Gt)  --       VOICES: 7
       8'     Bordun              (Sw)  --
       4'     Choral Bass         (Gt)  --       STOPS: 22
       4'     Rohr Flöte          (Gt)  --
       2'     Octavin             (Gt)  --       RANKS: 9
       8'     Hautbois            (Sw)  --
       4'     Hautbois            (Sw)  --       PIPES: 628
    Even before the new [present] sanctuary was built in 1970, the congregation realized
    that a new organ would be needed. At a congregational meeting on January 22, 1968, it
    was voted to establish an Organ Fund with $500.00 appropriated from the budget. Upon
    completion of the new edifice, the Church Council and Organ Committee set about the
    task of selecting a builder. In the Spring of 1974, the congregation decided to pur-
    chase a new pipe organ to be built by Balcom and Vaughan of Seattle. The 2-manual,
    7-register, 9-rank instrument was first used for worship and dedicated on May 11, 1975.
    The inaugural recital by guest organist Paul Reitz was given on June 1, 1975.
    The organ is installed on the central axis of the room with an exposed Great and ex-
    pressive Swell immediately behind. The exposed Great is 3-registers: 8'/4' Principal,
    8'/4' Rohr Flöte, and III-rank Mixture 2'. The expressive Swell is 4-registers and
    4-ranks with: 8'/2' Bordun, 8' Gemshorn, 4'/2' Principal, and 8' Hautbois. The Pedal
    division has no independent registers, and is taken from extensions and borrows from
    the Great and Swell.
    Sources: Balcom and Vaughan opus list; JRS; extant organ
     [Received from James R. Stettner 2015-09-29.]
  • Click Here Stoplist copied from the console September 26, 2015 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.