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Andover Organ Co. (Opus 84, 1980)

Location:

Lutheran Theological Seminary
61 Seminary Ridge
Gettysburg, PA 17325 US
Church of the Abiding Presence (Chapel)
Organ ID: 3912

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original 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 May 11, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 33 ranks. 1,600 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 26 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Built by Andover Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 26
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2021:

The organ for the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was built by Andover in 1980 as Opus 84. The case was designed by Donald H. Olson, drawing on the work of the early American organ builder David Tannenberg, to complement the Georgian building. The case is poplar, oak and birch, painted to match the building, and shades were carved by Dennis Olsen of the Andover firm. Stop knobs are turned rosewood with hand engraved ivory labels.

Key and stop action are mechanical throughout in a design by Benjamin Mague. The Great division is located in the center of the case with the Chamade division directly beneath it. The Pedal is divided at either side of the main case and the Swell division is immediately behind the Great division. The couplers are located on hitch-down pedals as are the Tremolo and Zimbelstern.

The tonal design by Robert J. Reich provides an instrument which will fulfill all of the musical functions of the Lutheran liturgy as well as accompanying choirs and soloists. It is also designed as a teaching and recital instrument. The stoplist was drawn up in consultation with the Organ Committee of the Seminary. --Andover Organ Company website

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

lower chapel

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

Instrument Images:

Chancel and Organ Case: Photo from Builder's Promotional Booklet in the collection of James R. Stettner (ca. 1981).

Main organ, Opus 84, with Opus 110 in Ruckpositiv position.: Photograph from an archival source: Builder's website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1998

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