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Reuben Midmer & Sons (1904)

Location:

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church
121 S. 2nd Street
Columbia, PA 17512 US
Organ ID: 18

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic 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 Paul R. Marchesano on December 16, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 2 manuals. 20 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 20
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on December 16, 2021:

Dedication concert November 15[?], 1904, by Mrs. Amy Oberlin, organist of the First Methodist Church [Columbia] -- Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) · 16 Nov 1904, Wed · Page 4

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on December 16, 2021.

Database Manager on November 12, 2007:

Updated through online information from Christopher Howerter. -- I know a parishioner that lives next to the church and I've played the instrument. They have a contract with the Columbia Organ Works to refurbish the instrument and it should be done by next September. The only sort of combination action is a set of fixed push down toe studs that mechanically push out the stops for the manuals only. There are two for each manual (a swell piano and forte, and a great piano and forte), which are to the left of the swell pedal. The pedal does not have mechanical stop actions, which is different from the manuals. There is also a toe stud on the right of the swell pedal that does not work. The swell pedal is also mechanical.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1991.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Electrified. Repaired & missing reeds replaced 1990 by Columbia Organ Works. Rear gallery. Carnegie grant for 1/2 the cost ($2800).

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

Instrument Images:

Steep upward view of case in gallery from floor: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2015-10-04

Side view of facade in loft: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2015-10-04

Detailed view of front facade pipes: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 2015-10-04

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