• S.D.G. Pipe Organs
    Millersville, Pennsylvania
                                

  • First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania is famous for several reasons.  It was the church of U.S. President James Buchanan, it has a number of magnificent Tiffany windows, and it is the home of a superb Boston-built 1947 Aeolian Skinner pipe organ (Opus 1070A) of 4-manuals and 5 divisions. S.D.G. Pipe Organs personnel recently returned the instrument to close to original condition, but added state of the art solid state switching, a 250 level combination action, and MIDI capability.

    The current 71 ranks include a vintage Skinner high pressure Tuba which was was added to the Echo division. Windchests for the Trompette Harmonique and Clarion Harmonique in the Choir division were restored to their original electro pneumatic action. The organ console was completely refinished but retains the original ivory keyboards with new key nosings. The organ specification features the G. Donald Harrison reedless Great division as well as an English Horn reminiscent of E.M. Skinner instruments. There is also a full-length 32 Contra Fagotto as well as a rare 32 Polyphone Bass.

    The organ has been made famous over the years by its litany of guest recitalist including E. Power Biggs who dedicated the organ, Madame Durufle, Pierre Cochereau, Catherine Crozier and Carl Weinrich to name a few.


    Organ Specification  for First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

    1947 Aeolian/Skinner; Opus 1070A

    GREAT

     

    16 Quintaten

    8 Principal

    8 Spitzflote

    8 Bourdon

    4 Rohrflote

    4 Principal

    2 2/3 Quint

    2 Super Octave

    III-IV Fourniture

    III Cymbel

    Zymbelstern +

     

    Great 16

    Great Unison Off

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    COUPLERS on RAIL

    16 Swell to Great

    8 Swell to Great

    4 Swell to Great

    16 Choir to Great

    8 Choir to Great

    4 Choir to Great

    16 Echo to Great

    8 Echo to Great

    4 Echo to Great

     

    PISTONS

    Great 1-6

     

    GENERAL PISTONS

    General 1-16

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GENERAL TOE STUDS

    General 1-16

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    + two random speed

    SWELL

     

    16 Lieblich Gedeckt

    8 Geigen Principal

    8 Viole de Gambe

    8 Dolce Flute

    8 Echo Viole

    8 Viole Celeste

    8 Dolce Flute Celeste

    8 Echo Vile Celeste

    8 Rohrflote

    4 Flute Harmonique

    4 Octave Geigen

    2 Fifteenth

    III Plein Jeu

    16 Fagot

    8 Trompette

    8 Vox Humana

    8 Hautbois

    4 Clarion

     

    Tremulant

    Swell 16

    Swell Unison Off

    Swell 4

     

     

    COUPLERS on RAIL

    8 Choir to Swell

    16 Echo to Swell

    8 Echo to Swell

    4 Echo to Swell

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PISTONS

    Swell 1-6

     

    CHOIR

     

    16 Dulciana

    8 Viola

    8 Erzahler

    8 Erzahler Celeste

    8 Cor de Nuit

    4 Unda Maris

    4 Koppelflote

    2 2/3 Nazard

    2 Blockflote

    1 3/5 Tierce

    1 1/3 Tierce

    16 English Horn

    8 Cromorne

    8 Tuba (EC) ^

    8 Trompette Harm++

    4 Clarion Harm++

     

    Tremulant

    Choir 16

    Choir Unison Off

    Choir 4

     

    ++chests restored

    to e.p. action

     

    COUPLERS on RAIL

    16 Swell to Choir

    8 Swell to Choir

    4 Swell to Choir

    16 Echo to Choir

    8 Echo to Choir

    4 Echo to Choir

     

     

     

     

     

    PISTONS

    Choir 1-6

     

    ECHO

     

    8 Viole

    8 Viole Celeste

    8 Fernflute

    4 Principal

    8 Vox Humana

    8 Trompette Harm CH)

    4 Clarion Harm (CH)

    8 Tuba (12 pressure)^

    Chimes

     

    Tremulant

    Echo 16

    Echo Unison Off

    Echo 4

     

    ^addition of appropriate

    vintage E.M. Skinner

    pipework on new

    e.p. windchests

     

     

     

     

     

     

    NO COUPLERS on RAIL

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    PISTONS

    Echo 1-6

     

    PEDAL

     

    V Harmonics*

    32 Sub Bass**

    16 Quintaten (GT)

    16 Bourdon

    16 Contre Basse

    16 Gedeckt (SW)

    16 Dulciana (CH)

    8 Still Gedeckt (SW)

    8 Principal

    8 Gedeckt Pommer

    5 1/3 Quinte

    4 Choral Bass

    4 Nachthorn

    2 Blockflote

    IV Mixture

    32 Fagotto

    16 English Horn (CH)

    16 Posaune

    8 Trompette

    4 Clarion

    Chimes (EC)

     

    * derived stop

    ** polyphonic bass

     

    COUPLERS on RAIL

    8 Great to Pedal

    8 Swell to Pedal

    4 Swell to Pedal

    8 Choir to Pedal

    4 Choir to Pedal

    8 Echo to Pedal

    4 Echo to Pedal

     

     

     

    PISTONS

    Pedal 1-6

    V Harmonics

    32 Fagotto

    32 Sub Bass

    Echo to Pedal

    Swell to Pedal

    Great to Pedal

    Choir to Pedal

     

    TOE STUDS

    Pedal 1-6

    V Harmonics

    32 Fagotto

    32 Sub Bass

    32 Off

    8 Great to Pedal

    8 Swell to Pedal

    8 Choir to Pedal

    8 Echo to Pedal

    SPECIFIC  PISTONS

    Alternate Crescendo

    All Swells to Swell

    Transposer

    Manual Transfer

    General Cancel

     

    SPECIFIC TOESTUDS

    Tutti 1

    Tutti 2

    Up/Down

    Zymbelstern +

     

    RIGHT DRAWER BUTTONS

    Up/Down

    Sequencer

    Record/Play

    Setup/ALT

    Pause/File

     

    LEFT DRAWER BUTTONS

    4 MIDI Stops for each division

     

     

    MEMORY LEVELS

    256

     

     

     

    Photographs

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    Console and facade