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F. A. Bartholomay (& Sons) (1932)

Exhibited in the 1996 OHS convention

Location:

St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Church
109 E. Price Street
Philadelphia: Germantown, PA 19144 US
Organ ID: 18101

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on November 26, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 27 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 29 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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.
Gallery:
  • Built by F. A. Bartholomay (& Sons)
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 29
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Horseshoe style console.
  • 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 Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on March 06, 2021.
Database Manager on April 02, 2018:

Updated by John McEnerney, who has heard or played the organ. Beautiful imposing casework in a commanding position in the rear gallery. The builder, Bartholomay, is in high repute with the organ community. He built excellent products. The organ is in poor condition and all but unplayable (many cyphers and dead notes) but it is still possible to get a legitimate sound from it. Only the Great works. Reason: lack of money to effect repairs. The organ IMHO is a gem and should be conserved.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on November 26, 2020.

Database Manager on May 28, 2005:

Organ was visited during 1996 OHS Convention and was playable but very unreliable. The instrument incorporates pipes from the 1862 Hall & Labagh instrument. The Great Chimney Flute 4' is marked "Std. Dia. 1862 M. Moore"; Mixture III is marked "JPB 1726", apparently from Hook & Hastings Opus 1726 built for St Vincent's Seminary in Germantown. Swell Violina 4' is marked "Keraulophone 1862 M. Moore" and "Violina 1932"; Flute 4' is marked "Nighthorn GWE". Source: OHS Handbook, 1996.

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

Database Manager on May 28, 2005:

Case is from the 1862 Hall & Labagh organ

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1996 OHS Convention Handbook: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on March 06, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Room: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019

Console in balcony: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019

Organ in balcony: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019

Organ in room: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019

Building: Photograph by Playing and Preserving, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2019

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