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Katsbaan Reformed Church
1800 Old Kings Hwy.
Saugerties, New York 12477

OHS Database ID 4592.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 104.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
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 September 29, 2019.
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Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 3 divisions. 12 stops. 12 registers. 16 ranks. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 18 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. No combination action. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1992 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From Marble Collegiate, NYC. Builder possibly Geib. Rebuilt by Erben c.1820 as 3-14. To First Reformed, Saugerties c. 1861. Here c. 1880. Renovated by Rowland in 1925. Plus later alterations. Extensive repairs by Dana Hull and Charles Ruggles c. 1992. Believed to be oldest 3m organ in U.S. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated by Scot Huntington, who has heard or played the organ. Scot Huntington also listed this individual as a source of information: Stephen Pinel.
    The original contract signed with Henry Erben in 1839 was for a one-manual organ. This was modified into a two-manual organ during construction by installing separate pallet boxes at each end of the 58-note windchest grid and installing a dividing wall in the note channels. The two rank Choir division uses the back section of the chest.
    Assuming this is the organ owned by George Templeton Strong, it was a gift from the parents to their son who was then living at home. George bought his own home in Gramercy Park in the 1850s, and the organ was enlarged to three manuals with the addition of an enclosed Swell by Henry Erben at the time of the move.
    Owing to the compact design of the organ intended for a residential parlor, the action and bass borrowings are technologically complicated for the period showing a degree of innovation and non-American organ construction ideas not typically encountered in American organs of the period. (James Cook. February 4, 2017)

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  • Original document from Scot Huntington.. Source: Stoplist from dedication program, October 2014
    Katsbaan, NY
    Dutch Reformed
    Henry Erben, 1840; post-1852 (Swell added)
    Manual compass: GG,AA-f''', 58 notes
    Pedal compass:  GG-c, 18 notes
    Great and Choir share one windchest 
      with pallet boxes at each end and a septum
      dividing the common channels. This was a 
      modification of a single-division chest.
    Open Diapason (from G, bass from St. Diap.)
    Stopt Diapason
    Sesquialtera (3 ranks with tierce)
    Cremona (tenor-g)
    Copula (Swell to Great)
    SWELL (from tenor-g, enclosed)
    Open Diapason
    Cornet (3 ranks with tierce)
    Trumpet (missing in 2014)
    Dulciana (open from G, bass from Gr. St. Diap)
    Copula (Choir to Great)
    Permanently coupled to Great
    The later addition of a two-stop pedal chest and pipes
      was removed during the recent restoration. This consisted of 
      a 16' Bourdon, and 8' Open Diapason (using recycled pipes of
      pre-1850 provenance.)
  • Click Here Original document from Scot Huntington.. Source: Stoplist from dedication program, October 2014 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.