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St. Matthew's Lutheran Church / Old Zion Lutheran Church
Broad & Mount Vernon Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

OHS Database ID 9015.

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Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 22, 2018.


Technical Details

Slider chests. EP sliders. Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 40 stops. 47 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.

Notes

  • This is a rebuild of an existing organ. -- From current organist J.P. Meyer:
    "St. Matthew’s was an English-speaking daughter congregation of St. Michael and Zion (our parent/original congregation from 1742). In the 1980s the congregation of St. Matthew’s and Michael and Zion merged to become 'Old Zion Lutheran Church' and began worshipping in the sanctuary built for St. Matthew’s congregation." (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from James A. Taylor, Jr.. -- This organ has been recently rebuilt by a local firm in Philly. (Database Manager. July 28, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from JP Meyer. -- The organ is currently being renovated by Colin Walsh, pipe-organ builder in Philadelphia. Several years ago, all pipes were removed, cleaned, retuned, and reseated, the chests and sliders were also cleaned and repaired in place. As of 5/10/13, the winding has almost been completely renovated: new chests were built, with new wind delivery systems. (Database Manager. May 12, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from JP Meyer. -- Over the past year, the winding system was renovated, including the addition of a secondary blower, rebuilt winding lines, and rebuilt wind chests. This year, the major renovations will be completed including the replacement of the pneumatic stop action on the swell, choir, and great divisions with magnetic action, the implementation of a new SSL control system, and the installation of a rebuilt console. This information comes from JP Meyer, current organist for the congregation of Old Zion Lutheran Church. (Database Manager. February 7, 2014)
  • Updated by JP Meyer, who has heard or played the organ.
    Since previous entry: New organ builder, William DeGothsier, has been hired by Old Zion to complete the restoration/renovation of the organ originally started by Colin Walsh (abandoned project). All divisions of the organ are now working, with a repaired magnetic action on the Great, Swell, and Choir. Winding issues and pressure continue to be addressed, but are not having a highly negative effect on playability. The Echo Unit has also been reinstated and will be further repaired to full use. Shaders and Tremolos will be replaced within the coming year, and a new and/or refurbished console is being planned for. (Steven E. Lawson. May 22, 2018)

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Facade and case, ca. 2010. Photograph by JP Meyer
Console and Pedalboard, ca. 2010. Photograph by JP Meyer

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    Saint Matthew's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia
    c. 1890 Wm. King/1964 Mudler-Hunter
    (Stoplist SchnuteDB 1997; T 9:2:5)
    GREAT
    16' Contra Villa
    8' Principal
    8' Melodia
    8' Dolce
    4' Octave
    4' Harmonic Flute
    II Grave Mixture
    III Scharf
    8' Trumpet
    
    SWELL
    8' Violin Diapason
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Salicional
    8' Celeste
    4' Principal
    4' Flauto Traverso
    2' Octavin
    1-1/3' Larigot
    1' Sifflute
    16' Fagotto
    8' Trompette
    4' Schalmei
    
    CHOIR
    8' Clarabella
    8' Keraulophon
    4' Fugara
    4' Flute d'Amour
    2' Gemshorn
    II Sesquialtera
    8' Clarinet
    
    ECHO
    8' Viole
    8' Viole Celeste
    8' Vox Humana
    
    PEDAL
    32' Resultant
    16' Open Diapason
    16' Violene
    16' Bourdon
    8' Diapason
    8' Bass Flute
    5-1/3 Quinte
    III Mixture
    16' Fagotto
    8' Cornopean
    
    Restored 1964 by Mudler-Hunter Co of Philadelphia.  
    
    "The final result is an organ with brilliance, clarity, and a stirring ensemble, together with ample soft stops and solo stops".
    
    This must have been something of a landmark in the history organ recycling.  "Many potentially fine organs can be revitalized in this way by using the best of the old pipe work, replacing useless ranks with new ranks and employing lots of imagination.  The cost is far less than the cost of a new organ, and in the present case was less than the cost of the usually recommended make of electronic substitute."
    
    
    /ds/
    
    
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.