The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church
4300 Main St.
Vancouver, Washington 98663

OHS Database ID 24885.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 21, 2013.


Technical Details

Direct electric/electro-mechanical chests.

Three manuals. 5 divisions. 73 stops. 44 ranks. 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, left.

Tilting/rocking tablets on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- At front of room on left. Exposed Great, Positiv, and Pedal. Expressive Swell and Choir behind. Antiphonal prepared-for. The organ was dedicated by Jonas Nordwall on November 13, 1983. (Database Manager. November 28, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Lanny Hochhalter. (Database Manager. November 21, 2013)
  • Updated by James R. Stettner through received emails from a former parishioner, and newspaper articles, the church website, and the builder's website. -- The organ has been refurbished and the console and relay upgraded by Rose City Organ Builders of Portland, Oregon. All of the pipework was removed, crated and stored on-site. The toeboards were taken to the builder's shop and rewired. New gaskets on the toeboards. New key contacts. New rocker tabs. New thumb pistons. New slide pots for the swell/crescendo shoes. And a new Syndyne comb. action & 8400 relay system in the console and pipe chambers. The organ was rededicated by Jonas Nordwall on September 15, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. Mr. Nordwall had played the original dedication in 1983. (James Stettner. September 22, 2019)

Online Documents

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  • Van Zoeren Organ 1983. Plaque on console. Author: Author not identified Source: History, description, and stoplist. Document Date. Unknown.
  • Builder's signed plaque. On wall of organ chamber. Author: Author not identified Document Date. September 0, 1983.

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Other Websites

  • Gift to the Community. Page about the organ from the FPC blog with history, photos, video.[Last accessed 2019-10-09.]

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Photographs

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Church interior and pipe display. Photograph by Lanny Hochhalter 2013-11-20
Console. Photograph by Lanny Hochhalter 2013-11-20
Great and Pedal pipes. Photograph by Lanny Hochhalter 2013-11-20
Positiv and Pedal pipes. Photograph by Lanny Hochhalter 2013-11-20
Organ Case and Console. Photograph by Brian Leder 2019-09-15
Organ Case. Photograph by Brian Leder 2019-09-15

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from the console April 6, 1990
    Vancouver, Washington
    First Presbyterian Church
    
    VAN ZOEREN, 1983 - Original Specifications
    
    
    GREAT                                        CHOIR (Expressive)
    16    Bourdon                    12          8      Gemshorn            (tc)  –-
    8     Principal                  52          8      Bourdon                   61
    8     Bourdon                    61          8      Celeste II          (Sw)  –-
    8     Spitz Flöte         (Pos)  –-          4      Gemshorn                  61
    8     Hohl Flöte           (Sw)  –-          4      Rohr Flöte                12
    4     Octave                     61          2      Flautino         (CC-c3)  49
    4     Koppel Flöte               61          II-III Mixture                   54 
    2-2/3 Nasat                (tc)  49                 Tremulant
    2     Spitz Principal            61          8      Harp              (prep)  –-
    2     Block Flöte                12          4      Harp              (prep)  –-
    1-3/5 Terz                 (tc)  44
    IV-VI Mixture                   282          Choir to Choir 16'
    IV    Scharf                     –-          Choir Unison Off
    I     Cymbel                     –-          Choir to Choir 4'
    16    Dulzian             (Pos)  12
    8     Trompete             (Sw)  –-
          Chimes (Maas; tg-g2)      (25)         POSITIV
    1     blank tablet                           8      Holz Gedeckt              61
                                                 4      Principal                 61
    Great Unison Off                             4      Spitz Flöte               61
                                                 2      Octave                    12
                                                 1-1/3  Quint               (tc)  49
    SWELL (Expressive)                           1      Sifflet        (4' Prin)  –-
    8     Rohr Flöte                 61          III-IV Scharf     [  -  -  ]    196
    8     Viola                      61          II     Quint Cymbel  [  -  ]     –-
    8     Celeste              (tc)  49          8      Cromorne                  61
    4     Principal                  61
    4     Hohl Flöte                 61          Positiv to Positiv 16'
    2-2/3 Nasard               (HF)   7          Positiv Unison Off
    2     Nachthorn            (HF)   5          Positiv to Positiv 4'
    1     Sifflöte                   –-
    III-V Plein Jeu                 211
    III   Terz Cymbel                36          PEDAL
    16    Contre Trompette           12          32     Acoustic Bass  (Subbass)  --
    8     Trompette                  61          16     Holz Principal            32
    8     Fanfare Trumpet     (Ped)  –-          16     Subbass                   32
    8     Trompette en Chamade       61          16     Bourdon             (Gt)  –-
    8     Oboe                 (tc)  49          8      Octave                    12
    4     Trompette en Chamade       12          8      Gedeckt                   12
    4     Clarion                    12          8      Holz Gedeckt       (Pos)  –-
          Tremulant                              5-1/3  Quint              (Pos)  –-
    2     blank tablets                          4      Choral Bass               12
                                                 4      Spitz Flöte        (Pos)  –-
    Swell to Swell 16'                           2      Nachthorn           (Gt)  –-
    Swell Unison Off                             V     [Harmonics]                –-
    Swell to Swell 4'                            V     [Mixture]                 160
                                                 32     Doucaine           (Pos)  12
                                                 16     Posaune                   32
    ANTIPHONAL (Prepared-for)                    16     Contre Trompette    (Sw)  –-
    8     Gedeckt                    –-          16     Dulzian             (Gt)  –-
    8     Vox Angelica II            –-          8      Trompette                 12
    4     Principal                  –-          8      Trompette en Chamade (S)  –-
    2     Block Flöte                –-          8      Cromorne           (Pos)  –-
    III   Mixture                    –-          4      Clarion                   12
                                                 4      Trompette en Chamade (S)  –-
                                                 2      Zinc                      12
    
    
    COUPLERS                                     FINGER PISTONS
    Swell to Pedal                  8,4          General                       1 - 8
    Great to Pedal                  8,4          Swell                         1 - 6
    C / P to Pedal                  8,4            Sw to Gt                    (rev)
                                                   Sw on Pos                   (rev)
    Swell to Great               16,8,4          Great                         1 - 6
    C / P to Great               16,8,4            Gt to Ped                   (rev)
                                                 Choir                         1 - 4
    Swell to C / P               16,8,4          Positiv                       1 - 4
    Great to C / P                  8              Pos to Gt                   (rev)
                                                 Antiphonal                    1 - 4
    C / P to Swell               16,8              Ant. On Gt                  (rev)
                                                 Pedal                         1 - 6
    Ant. On Swell                                Tutti                         (rev)
    Ant. On Great                                S
    Ant. On C / P                                0
    Ant. On Pedal                                M1, M2, M3, M4
    
    
    PEDAL MOVEMENTS                              TOE STUDS
    Swell Expression             (bal.)          General                       1 – 8
    Choir Expression             (bal.)          Pedal                         1 – 6
    Crescendo                    (bal.)          Gt to Ped                     (rev)
                                                 Ant to Gt                     (rev)
                                                 32 A B                        (rev)
                                                 32 Douc                       (rev)
                                                 Tutti                         (rev)
    
    
    ACTION: D-E       VOICES: __       STOPS: 73       RANKS: 44       PIPES: _____
                                     (inc. chimes)
    
    NOTES
    
    
    Sources: James R. Stettner; extant organ
    
    
    
    First Presbyterian Church
    4300 Main St.                                Documented: April 6, 1990
    Vancouver, WA. 98663
    (360) 694-3363                               Verified & Updated: 
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from the console April 6, 1990 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.