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Henry Pilcher (1850)

Location:

Zion Episcopal Church
Talbotton, GA 31827 US
Church
Organ ID: 1499

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 4 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 4 stops. 6 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 4
  • Registers: 6
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 54
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 15, 2014:

Updated through online information from Bynum Petty. -- The organ is in good condition and is used for services four times a year.

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

Database Manager on April 14, 2014:

Updated through online information from Bynum Petty.

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

Database Manager on April 03, 2014:

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.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1991.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from an inspection of the organ March 29, 2014, by Bynum Petty
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by Bynum Petty. Taken on 2014-03-29

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