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Austin Organs, Inc. (2016)

Originally Austin Organ Co. (Opus 1215, 1925)

Location:

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
30 W. Chestnut St.
Hanover, PA 17331 US
Organ ID: 64523

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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 Database Manager on October 27, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 245 ranks. 10 divisions. 4 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In side 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 October 27, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 10
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on October 27, 2019.
Database Manager on October 27, 2019:

Divisions located to each side of the chancel, in the ceiling above the chancel, and to each side of the gallery; the moveable console is normally located in the right transept where the choir is seated; the sanctuary seats 750.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 28, 2019.

Database Manager on October 26, 2019:

In the late 1990's the condition of the organ began to notably decay. Water damage from roof leaks became evident. Original cotton-wrapped wiring from 1920's was creating issues. Plaster had fallen into pipes causing damage. This was in both the front and back organs. An Organ Committee was formed in 2006 to assess the condition of the organ and make recommendations. In 2009, Austin began a 1.3 million dollar project of staged renovations which included new wiring, repairs to damage pipework, windchest releathering, new chamber walls, new lighting and electrical service to the chambers, Antiphonal and Gallery Pedal enhancements, Walker additions, and solid state conversion. in 2016 Austin determined that additional funds were required to complete the project. An additional $250,000.00 was donated. The project was completed in October 2016 with rededication on October 13, 2016.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 29, 2019.
Stoplist from church's organ booklet and from the console October 18, 2017: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on October 29, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Sanctuary interior from floor: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Sanctuary interior to rear: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Chancel ceiling grillework: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Gallery East Chamber: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Gallery West Chamber: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Left Stopjamb: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Right Stopjamb: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Console center: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Couplers: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Expression pedals and Crescendo: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Left toe studs: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Right toe studs: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Console side view: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Tiffany Chancel stained glass window: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Church front exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Church rear exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Console, pipe facades and ceiling grille: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-10-18

Nave with console in its usual position in the choir: Photograph by Steven Gautsch, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-12-28

Stained glass windows: Photograph by Steven Gautsch, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-12-28

Chancel, side chambers and facade pipes, ceiling chamber grillework and stained glass window: Photograph by Steven Gautsch, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-12-28

Console center: Photograph by Steven Gautsch, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-12-28

Church tower: Photograph by Steven Gautsch, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-12-28

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