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Dobson Pipe Organ Builders (Opus 11, 1980)

Location:

First Reformed Church
420 Central Avenue NW
Orange City, IA 51041 US
Organ ID: 183

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Reformed Churches (RCA, CRC, URC, PRC)
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on June 08, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 32 ranks. 1,708 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 22 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on June 08, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 22
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • 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
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on June 08, 2018.
Database Manager on May 19, 2010:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- The restored organ was rededicated as part of a special program during the evening worship service on May 16, 2010. Organists included: Cheryl Hiemstra, Kevin Lammers, Tom Hydeen, Dawn Steggerda, and Julia Huisman.

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

Database Manager on May 12, 2010:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- It was discovered that the glue on the original slider seals was not holding, causing the seals to slip and prevent enough air from getting into the pipes. In 2010, Dobson replaced the seals with Teflon ones. In addition, the pipes were washed and cleaned, lights in the chambers were added, and some electrical wiring was upgraded.

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

Database Manager on April 13, 2005:

Updates from John Panning, Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, March, 2005.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Choir Area: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Keydesk: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Pedal and Swell Drawknobs: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Great Drawknobs and Manuals: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Pedalboard, Toe Studs, and Swell Pedal: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Great Facade Pipes: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Great Pipework: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Swell Chamber: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Pedal Facade Pipes: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

Pedal Pipework: Photograph by Ross Enger. Taken on 2010-05-11

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