The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Bethany Lutheran Church
1644 Main Avenue Dr. N.W.
Hickory, North Carolina 28601

OHS Database ID 30899.

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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 January 21, 2010.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 47 stops. 52 registers. 43 ranks. 2499 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. 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.


  • Identified through on-line information from Drew Middleton. -- 1963 M.P. Möller Opus 9804 2M/P (8 rank double artiste) installed in current chambers. Rebuilt March 2006 by John Dower & Co., Lincolnton, NC. New primaries, wiring, winding system, SSL. Pipe work cleaned and regulated. One new Gambe Celeste rank added. Wind pressures raised. Restored E.M. Skinner 3M/P drawknob console installed replacing Möller 2M/P rockertab. New 3M/42 rank pipe organ to be built and installed by John Dower & Co. late 2008. (Database Manager. November 14, 2007)
  • Updated through on-line information from Drew Middleton. -- The organ was installed by December 2009 and is currently undergoing final tonal finishing. (Database Manager. January 21, 2010)

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  • Original document from Alex Wilson.. Source: Stoplist directly from console
    Hickory, NC
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Organ by John Dower and Company
    16’ Gedackt
    8’ Geigen Diapason
    8’ Stopt Diapason
    8’ Gambe
    8’ Gambe Celeste
    4’ Principal
    4’ Harmonic Flute 
    II Ripeno 
    2’ Piccolo 
    16’ Basson
    8’ Hautbois
    8’ Trompette 
    4’ Clarion 
    Swell to Swell 4 
    16’ Gemshorn (Ext 8’ Gemshorn)
    8’ Gemshorn
    8’ Principal 
    8’ Rohrflote
    4’ Octave
    4’ Flute 
    2’ Fifteenth 
    II Sesquialtera (TC)
    IV Mixture 
    8’ Trompette 
    8’ Tuba Minor (Prepared for) 
    Great to Great 16
    8’ Flauto Dolce
    8’ Dolce Celeste 
    8’ Rohr Flöte 
    4’ Rohrflote 
    4’ Klein Principal
    2 2/3 Nazard 
    2’ Super Octave 
    1 3/5 Tierce 
    III Scharf
    8’ Krummhorn
    8’ Trompette (GT)
    32’ Acoustic Bass
    16’ Double Open Diapason
    16’ Brummbass
    16’ Gedackt (SW)
    16’ Gemshorn (GT)
    8’ Open Bass
    8’ Bourdon
    8’ Gemshorn (GT)
    4’ Choral Bass
    16’ Trombone 
    8’ Tromba 
    4’ Schalmei
    Swell to Great 16
    Swell to Great 8
    Swell to Great 4
    Swell to Choir 16
    Swell to Choir 8
    Swell to Choir 4
    Choir to Great 16
    Choir to Great 8
    Choir to Great 4
    Great to Pedal 8
    Swell to Pedal 8
    Choir to Pedal 8
  • Click Here Original document from Alex Wilson.. Source: Stoplist directly from console Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.