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Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2172, 1952)

Location:

Lehigh University
18 University Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015 US
Packer Memorial Church
Organ ID: 11775

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 59 ranks. 3,773 pipes. 4 divisions. 4 manuals. 48 stops. 62 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 48
  • Registers: 62
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 23, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from Gregory Kuklinski. -- There are 60 pipe ranks and 23 digital ranks from Allen Organ in 1998. 14 of the new digital ranks are part of the Positiv division which is playable in the sanctuary or in the rear of the nave adjacent the tower door entrance I believe that this is slightly different than what the website says. The organ was designed by Robert Knox Chapman, Organist and Choirmaster of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem. The organ and altar were dedicated in memory of Gertrude C. Starkey and is called the Starkey Memorial Organ. An interesting story: to get through college, my father worked at Fairless Steel in Pennsylvania the year before he met my mother. The Starkey's later sold the steel mill and donated the money to Lehigh. I have heard this second hand and have never confirmed it personally. David A. J. Broome reconstructed the 13 reed voices of the organ in 1998. Also, an eight bell zymbelstern was added as part of the reconstruction in 1998. I helped Lehigh with the refurbishment of the organ and helped pick Dr. Tom Murray to perform the rededication on 10/18/98. I was his page turner. This was exciting that I could help.

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

Database Manager on November 09, 2006:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was dedicated by E. Power Biggs on April 17, 1952. In 1998, the organ was refurbished. Chest actions were releathered. Austin revoiced the reed ranks. A new Allen console was added with 23 digital ranks - including an entirely digital Positiv division. The "new" organ has 92 speaking stops. It was dedicated October 18, 1998 by Dr. Thomas Murray.

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

Database Manager on December 21, 2004:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 20, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from <i>The American Organist</i> November 1953
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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