C.M. Walsh Pipe Organ Builders (2005-2013)

Originally Wm. King (& Son) (1891)
Exhibited in the 1996 OHS convention(s)

Location:

Old Zion Lutheran Church (formerly St. Matthew's Lutheran)
628 N Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130 US
Snctuary; front
Organ ID: 9015

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lutheran Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on May 02, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 47 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 40 stops.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 40
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 22, 2018.
Database Manager on May 22, 2018:

Updated by JP Meyer, who has heard or played the organ.
Since previous entry: New organ builder, William DeGothsier, has been hired by Old Zion to complete the restoration/renovation of the organ originally started by Colin Walsh (abandoned project). All divisions of the organ are now working, with a repaired magnetic action on the Great, Swell, and Choir. Winding issues and pressure continue to be addressed, but are not having a highly negative effect on playability. The Echo Unit has also been reinstated and will be further repaired to full use. Shaders and Tremolos will be replaced within the coming year, and a new and/or refurbished console is being planned for.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on February 07, 2014:

Updated through online information from JP Meyer. -- Over the past year, the winding system was renovated, including the addition of a secondary blower, rebuilt winding lines, and rebuilt wind chests. This year, the major renovations will be completed including the replacement of the pneumatic stop action on the swell, choir, and great divisions with magnetic action, the implementation of a new SSL control system, and the installation of a rebuilt console. This information comes from JP Meyer, current organist for the congregation of Old Zion Lutheran Church.

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

Database Manager on May 12, 2013:

Updated through online information from JP Meyer. -- The organ is currently being renovated by Colin Walsh, pipe-organ builder in Philadelphia. Several years ago, all pipes were removed, cleaned, retuned, and reseated, the chests and sliders were also cleaned and repaired in place. As of 5/10/13, the winding has almost been completely renovated: new chests were built, with new wind delivery systems.

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

Database Manager on July 28, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from James A. Taylor, Jr.. -- This organ has been recently rebuilt by a local firm in Philly.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

This entry represents the rebuilding of an existing organ. -- From current organist J.P. Meyer: "St. Matthew-s was an English-speaking daughter congregation of St. Michael and Zion (our parent/original congregation from 1742). In 1984 the congregations of St. Matthew's and St. Michael and Zion merged to become 'Old Zion Lutheran Church' and began worshipping in the sanctuary built for St. Matthew's congregation."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on May 02, 2022.
Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Stoplist SchnuteDB 1997; T 9:2:5: Open In New Tab Originally published 1997
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on November 16, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2020-05-02

Sanctuary interior with organ at front, right: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2018-12-02

Organ case at front, right from across chancel: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2020-06-27

Organ facade in profile: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2020-05-02

Sanctuary interior looking back to the rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2020-05-02

Rear gallery with corner facades: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2019-01-20

Original Wm. King facade: Photograph by JP Meyer, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 2010

Console: Photograph by JP Meyer, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 2010

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