Pipe Organ Database

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Christian Dieffenbach (1808)

Location:

National Music Museum, University of South Dakota
414 E. Clark
Vermillion, SD 57069 US
Organ ID: 1772

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Museums
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Margaret Downie Banks on November 04, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 6 ranks. 306 pipes. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 6 stops. 6 registers.
Manual:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Christian Dieffenbach
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on October 17, 2020.
Main:
  • Built by Christian Dieffenbach
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 6
  • Registers: 6
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 51
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on October 17, 2020.
Jim Stettner on November 05, 2020:

Updated through online information from Margaret Downie Banks, Associate Museum Dir.: Note that organ does NOT belong to the University of South Dakota; rather, it belongs to National Music Museum, Inc.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on November 05, 2020.

Margaret Downie Banks on November 04, 2020:

Gold stencilled signature on front of 1884 nameboard (same text handwritten on back of nameboard): Built 1808, by Christ Dieffenbach, Berks Co., Pa. / [within unfurling banner] Rebuilt 1884, by Thos Dieffenbach Millersburg, Pa. Single manual, tracker action, C-d3 (51 keys). Six original stops; three stops and pedalboard added by Thomas Dieffenbach in 1884. Polychromed case pipes painted by Thomas Dieffenbach's nephew, Jacob Dieffenbach. Built for Zion Lutheran and Reformed Church near Orwigsburg, Pennsyvania. Dedicated October 16, 1808.

National Music Museum catalog number: NMM 4905

Purchase funds gift of Arne B. & Jeanne F. Larson Fund and J. Laiten Weed Estate, 1990.

We received the most recent update for this note from Margaret Downie Banks on November 04, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1994.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From Zion Lutheran and Reformed near Orwigsburg, PA. Rebuilt1884 by Thomas Dieffenbach. Purchased May 1990 from Thomas S. Eader estate. Returned to original 6-stop condition. 2 manual stops and pedal stop from 1884 rebuild removed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/abell3.html: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on November 06, 2020.

Taken from console.: Open In New Tab National Music Museum website Originally published ca. 2000
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Margaret Downie Banks on November 04, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case, facade, and keydesk: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2007-05-22

Rear of organ: Photograph by Byron Pillow, National Music Museum Photographer, submitted by Margaret Downie Banks. Taken approx. December 2018

Rear of organ: Photograph by Byron Pillow, National Music Museum Photographer, submitted by Margaret Downie Banks. Taken approx. December 2018

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