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Sebastian Gundling & Son (1948)

Originally Hall Organ Co. (1929before)

Location:

St. James Episcopal Church
115 N. Duke Street
Lancaster, PA 17602 US
Organ ID: 33942

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is no longer at this location; destroyed, dispersed, relocated or taken in trade.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on November 04, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 55 ranks. 3,639 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on November 04, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • 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 with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on November 04, 2019.
Database Manager on November 04, 2019:

According to the July 13, 2019, edition of "Lancaster Online," the organ was used for its last service the next day, to be replaced by an Allen. The article said that the organ received a new console from Gundling in 1948, who rebuilt the organ in 1968 and 1994.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 05, 2019.

Database Manager on March 17, 2008:

Identified through on-line information from Robert Spalding. -- I am unfamiliar with the instrument prior to the 1960s rebuilds and alterations. 1968 rebuild by the Gundling company was required due to water damage. The main chests were replaced and electromechanical action installed. Five ranks of new pipework were added at that time. The console was rebuilt and solid-state controls were added at a later date. Instrument speaks into chapel as well as the main church through a common wall. I had heard that this organ and the one at St. Mary's RC in Lancaster, were derived from a common antecedent in Philadelphia, but cannot corroborate this.

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 console May 29, 2013
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Eric Laurie. Taken on 2013-05-15

Sanctuary Interior and Chancel: Photograph by Eric Laurie. Taken on 2013-05-15

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