The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Salem Reformed Church
Bethel (Millersburg), Pennsylvania 19507

OHS Database ID 3445.

Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 300, 2003-06-26.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition, but is not in use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 26, 2016.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

One manual. 2 divisions. 9 stops. 9 registers. 9 ranks. 433 pipes. Manual compass is 54 notes. Pedal compass is 13 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The mechanical action console is detached from the main case and reversed.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. No enclosed divisions. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1990 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Compass 54/13. Detached, reversed console. Repaired by James Baird in 1971. Unused c. 1990. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- An article on BerksMontNews.com October 13 refers to a benefit recital (on another Dieffenbach organ) to restore the organ in Bethel. Mentions that organ was playable as late as 2011, but as of 2014 it is not playable. (Database Manager. October 24, 2014)
  • Updated through online information from Adam Dieffenbach.
    Electric blower added in the 1970s, instrument is mechanically original to 1872 as of 2016. (Database Manager. June 12, 2016)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. September 26, 2016)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Brunner, Raymond J.. That Ingenious Business. (Birdsboro, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania German Society, 1990), 124 [0]

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Photographs

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach 2010-09-19
Organ case and keydesk. Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach 2010-09-19
Pedalboard. Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach 2010-09-19
Right stop jamb and stopknobs. Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach 2010-09-19
Left stop jamb and stopknobs. Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach 2010-09-19
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Console. Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01
Organ Case. Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt 2002-05-01

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • Salem Reformed, Bethel (was Millersburg), PA
    1872 Thomas Dieffenbach
    (Stoplist: RJB 124)
    
    Manual:
    
    Open Diapason 8' (54, 10 stopped wood basses, next 9 in façade)
    Dulcianna (sic) 8'  (42, bottom octave shared with Flute)
    Flute 8'  (54, open wood with 12 stopped basses)
    Stop Diapason 8'  (54, stopped wood)
    Principal 4'  (54, D to B in façade)
    Flute 4'  (54, open wood)
    Stop Diapason 4'  (54)
    Fifteenth 2'  (54, open metal)
    
    Pedal:
    Violoncello*  (13)
    
    Couple
    
    *Incorrect later stop label. Knob controls the Pedal Sub Bass 16'
    
    The case and detached, reversed console with its wide scale "toe" pedal board distinguish 
    this instrument. The pedal board is composed of thirteen blocks of wood protruding through 
    the floor. 
    
    The Open Diapason has ten stopped wood basses with the next nine open pipes displayed in 
    the case. The Dulcianna is grooved for its bottom octave to the Flute 8' which is open but 
    for twelve stopped basses. The Principal has C and CB inside with D to B displayed in the 
    case. The Flute 4' is open wood.  The arrangement of pipes on the chest is in major thirds. 
    
    The organ was  restored by James Baird in 1971, no longer used ca. 1990.
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.