Updated through online information from Bynum Petty. -- The organ is in good condition and is used for services four times a year.
Updated through online information from Bynum Petty.
The earliest known extant Pilcher stands in the rear gallery of the church. The organ is representative of the company's smallest instruments. All pipes are enclosed in a swell box, and the non-speaking front pipes are made of wood. The key action is sticker and backfall, with a roller board transmitting the key action to pipes 1-19 located on the treble end of an otherwise chromatic layout. The touch is light and responsive. The stop action is spring=loaded and the drawknob shanks are notched for hit-downs. An upward flick of the hand on the drawknob head allows the spring quickly to return the slide to its off position. The horizontal swell shades are also spring-loaded, keeping the shades in the closed position. The expression pedal has no hitch-down and must be held by the right foot to keep the shades open. The bellows pump handle is located on the left side of the organ case; and in the absence of an organ pumper, a pumping lever for the organist's left foot is located at the base of the case. The keydesk and stop jambs are recessed behind folding doors. The stop jambs, drawknob shanks and music desk are made of black walnut. The gothic case is of grained oak; that is to say, it's painted to look like quarter sawn white oak.
Status Note: There 1991.
The nameplate is just a paper, now mostly gone, glued to the front of the keydesk. Restored and reinstalled c. 1991 by Patrick J. Murphy & Assoc.