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First United Methodist Church
106 North Second Street
West Newton, Pennsylvania 15089

OHS Database ID 11728.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 393, 2010-06-22.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 2, 2008.
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Technical Details

Austin Universal Air Chests(©).

Two manuals. 12 stops. 11 ranks. 673 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Adjustable mechanical system. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs.


  • Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 20, 2004: (James Cook. December 21, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from Paul Marchesano. -- The nameplate is engraved 1905. The organ is tubular pneumatic action to the original Austin Universal chests, with sliders under topboards to wind the stops. A set of 20 chimes with pneumatic action was added to the Swell organ, reportedly two years after installation. The combination action is Austin mechanical, but pistons mechanically push the action lever to throw on/off stops. It is settable, but a cover must be removed and cotter pins inserted/removed to select stops, i.e., not easily settable for the organist. (Database Manager. November 2, 2008)
  • Notes from Jim Stark: -- This organ exhibits the first documented use of the Austin adjustable crescendo pedal (Ochse attributes it to opus 156). This organ is an unaltered tubular pneumatic action organ with the Austin slider chest. The organ was built during Basil Austin-s tenure as Tonal Director. (James Cook. February 19, 2010)

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Universal Air Chest Action, ca. 2010. Photograph by Jim Stark

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  • Typed stoplist from Paul Marchesano
    West Newton, Pennsylvania
    First Methodist Church
    Austin Opus 131, 1905
    Diapason 8
    Flute 8
    Dulciana 8
    Gemshorn 4
    Diapason 8
    Flute 8
    Salicional 8
    Flute 4
    Bourdon 16
    Gedeckt 16
    [Received via e-mail from Paul Marchesano October 30, 2008.]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from Paul Marchesano Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.
  • Annotated stop list
    1905 Austin Organ Company opus 131
    First United Methodist Church
    West Newton, PA
    Great (61 pipes)
      8 Open Diapason
    	44 scale, 17 halving
      8 Concert Flute
      8 Dulciana
      4 Gemshorn
         Sw – Gt 16, 8, 4
    Swell (61 pipes)
      8 Geigen Principal
    	51 scale, 20 halving	
      8 Rohr Flute
      8 Salicional
      4 Harmonic Flute
      8 Oboe Gamba
    Pedal (30 pipes – concave radiating)
    16 Bourdon
    16 Gedeckt
         Gt – Pd 8
         Sw – Pd 8
         Sw – Pd 4
    Programmable crescendo pedal
    Adjustable combination action
    	Gt 1, 2, 3
    	Sw 1, 2, 3
    Toe studs
    	Pd 1, 2
         Swell 16, 4
         Swell Unison Off (key cheek)
    [Courtesy of Jim Stark]
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