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Farrand & Votey Organ Co. (Opus 816, 1903ca.)

Location:

First Church Of God
15 N. Fourth Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101 US
Organ ID: 68232

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Church of God
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Ventil
  • 12 ranks. 668 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 16 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.
Sanctuary:
  • Built by Farrand & Votey Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 12
  • Registers: 16
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • 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 terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.
Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021:

Organ was reloacted by M.P. Moller in 1924 to Holy Family Catholic Church in Detroit Michigan. According to the church website: "The Pipe Organ of Holy Family Parish is about 130 years old. It is a 12 rank Farrand & Votey which we purchased in 1924 from out East. It only cost about $2,250 in those days!" This, taken together with the firm's active dates, likely dates the organ approximately 10 years older than the estimated dates on its database entries. A restoration project has begun at the church in Detroit and hopefully a more accurate date can be obtained.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on April 30, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ case: Photograph from an archival source: Church website; photo by M.P. Moller , submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1924

Letter from Moller offering the organ for sale: Photograph from an archival source: Church website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 1924-02-29

Letter from Moller confirming sale and hopeful installation by Easter: Photograph from an archival source: Church website, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken on 1924-03-27

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