Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

Thomas Dieffenbach (1872)

Location:

Salem Reformed Church
Bethel (Millersburg), PA 19507 US
Organ ID: 3446

Update This Entry

Status and Condition:

  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, but not in 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. 433 pipes. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 9 stops. 9 registers.
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: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • Registers: 9
  • Position: Detached, reversed keydesk (mechanical action).
  • Manual Compass: 54
  • Pedal Compass: 13
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • 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: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
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 September 26, 2016:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on June 12, 2016:

Updated through online information from Adam Dieffenbach.
Electric blower added in the 1970s, instrument is mechanically original to 1872 as of 2016.

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

Database Manager on October 24, 2014:

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.

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 1990

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Compass 54/13. Detached, reversed console. Repaired by James Baird in 1971. Unused c. 1990.

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

Instrument Images:

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach. Taken on 2010-09-19

Organ case and keydesk: Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach. Taken on 2010-09-19

Pedalboard: Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach. Taken on 2010-09-19

Right stop jamb and stopknobs: Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach. Taken on 2010-09-19

Left stop jamb and stopknobs: Photograph by Adam F. Dieffenbach. Taken on 2010-09-19

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

Console: Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

Organ Case: Photograph courtesy of William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

Pipe Organs in the Philadelphia area sponsored by:
This instrument has been viewed 190 times.