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Austin Organ Co. (Opus 131, 1905)

Location:

First United Methodist Church
106 North Second Street
West Newton, PA 15089 US
Organ ID: 11728

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 11 ranks. 673 pipes. 2 manuals. 12 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 12
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on February 19, 2010:

Notes from Jim Stark: -- This organ exhibits the first documented use of the Austin adjustable crescendo pedal (Ochse attributes it to opus 156). This organ is an unaltered tubular pneumatic action organ with the Austin slider chest. The organ was built during Basil Austin-s tenure as Tonal Director.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on November 02, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from Paul Marchesano. -- The nameplate is engraved 1905. The organ is tubular pneumatic action to the original Austin Universal chests, with sliders under topboards to wind the stops. A set of 20 chimes with pneumatic action was added to the Swell organ, reportedly two years after installation. The combination action is Austin mechanical, but pistons mechanically push the action lever to throw on/off stops. It is settable, but a cover must be removed and cotter pins inserted/removed to select stops, i.e., not easily settable for the organist.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 20, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from Paul Marchesano
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Annotated stop list
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Universal Air Chest Action, ca. 2010: Photograph by Jim Stark.

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