The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Harvard University
27 Kirkland St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Busch-Reisinger Museum / Adolphus Busch Hall

OHS Database ID 4173.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 263, 2000-08-20.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 4, 2011.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 27 stops. 27 registers. 33 ranks. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. No combination action. Concave radiating pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 2000. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • "Formerly Busch Reisinger Museum. Several stops are listed as interchangeable. (extra pipes provided which are stored behind the case). New rollerboards and pedalboard by Andover Organ Co. shortly after original installation. Refurbishment and voicing review, re-engineering of pedal pallets and Manual I wind system in 1998 by Noack Organ Co." (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Replaced Aeolian-Skinner Opus 951. (Database Manager. March 5, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from Matthew Hall. (Database Manager. November 4, 2011)

Online Documents

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  • Pape, Uwe. The Tracker Organ Revival in America. (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1977), 193 [0]

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Organ case.. Photo by Len Levasseur 2008-11-13
Organ gallery. Photo by Len Levasseur 2008-11-13
Gallery and Organ Cases. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04
Manuals and Builder's Name Stencil. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 1999-05-04

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  • Stoplist from The American Organist December 1958
           Cambridge, Massachusetts
           Harvard University
           Busch-Reisinger/Germanic Museum
           Flentrop   1957   3/33   
           HOOFDWERK            RUGPOSITIEF
        8' Prestant          8' Holpijp
        8' Roerfluit         4' Prestant
        4' Octaaf            4' Roerfluit
        4' Speelfluit        2' Gemshorn
    2 2/3' Nasard        1 1/3' Quint
        2' Vlakfluit        II  Mixtuur
    1 3/5' Terts             8' Kromhoorn
       IV  Mixtuur
           BORSTWERK        16' Bourdon
        8' Zingendgedekt     8' Prestant
        4' Koppelfluit       8' Gedekt
        2' Prestant          4' Fluit
        1' Sifflet         III  Mixtuur
        I  Cymbel           16' Fagot
                             8' Trompet
     [Received on line from Jeff Scofield June 09, 2009.]
  • Click Here Stoplist from The American Organist December 1958 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.