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David Tannenberg (1770)

Location:

Zion Lutheran
Moselem Springs, PA 19522 US
Organ ID: 1636

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 9 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 8 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 8
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Philip T. D. Cooper on July 01, 2021:

The 8' flute on this organ consists of 12 stopped notes for the lowest octave but the remainder 39 pipes are all open wood. It is not a Gedackt stop,

We received the most recent update for this note from Philip T. D. Cooper on July 01, 2021.

Database Manager on April 18, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Timeline of organ's history summarized from "The Diapason, April 2012, Vol. 103, No. 4," Installed by Tannenberg in 1770 in stone Zion Lutheran Church building, located in small gallery; rebuilt and moved by Samuel Bohler of Reading, PA to replacement brick structure in 1894 (Bohler replaced original Bellows with internal winding system, replaced keydesk and keyboard, altered the stop action, removed Terz & Mixtur, and added 2 new unison-pitched stops); in 2010 R.J. Brunner & Co. was selected to undertake a historic restoration, during which the missing stops were replaced and the original (or authentic) winding system reconstructed. An electric blower was added to provide an alternate source of wind. The 1770 Tannenberg in Zion Lutheran, Moselem Springs, is the oldest extant Tannenberg organ, and may be the oldest surviving organ in the American colonies. It is also the only surviving example of a Tannenberg organ with a walnut case (although the case was subsequently painted several times, it was returned to a natural walnut finish in the 2010 restoration).

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

Database Manager on March 28, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock.

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

Database Manager on March 17, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Restored by R. J. Brunner & Co. in 2010-11. Rededicated in church Sunday, October 2, 2011. Rededication recital given by Philip T.D. Cooper.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Rebuilt by Samuel Bohler 1894 (for current 1896 bldg?), with new keydesk, winding system, and roller board,, removing Terz & Mixture (1-8). Rebuilt by Joseph Chapline 1971, 1-9, with new Terz and Mixture, reconstructed keydesk (similar to original). Case of walnut and in its original state until at least the third quarter of the 19th century. Church also bought a Conn electronic in 1957.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab "David Tannenberg, Organbuilder" website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Philip T. D. Cooper on June 28, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Case work and facade pipes: Photograph by Gary Beaver. Taken on 2011-10-02

This picture was taken before the restoration, when the organ was painted white: Photograph by Gary Beaver. Taken on 2009-08-06

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