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David Tannenberg (1787)

Exhibited in the 2003 OHS convention

Location:

Moravian Church
8 Church Square
Lititz, PA 17543 US
Fellowship Hall: gallery
Organ ID: 377

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Moravian Churches / Unity of the Brethren
  • 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 Paul R. Marchesano on September 18, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 9 ranks. 411 pipes. 1 manuals. 9 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 9
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on September 18, 2021:

In 1976, the Archives Committee contacted the organ building firm of James R. McFarland & Co. about the possibility of a complete restoration of the organ to its 1787 condition. The task was accepted and work began in 1980. All the missing parts of the organ were meticulously replicated included the two wedge-shaped bellows, the pedal chest, various parts of the case and the front pipes all of which had apparently been stored in the church attic. Every effort was made to strictly adhere to Tannenberg's construction methods. This was possible as a result of the very detailed documentation performed by the McFarland shop on all the extant instruments of Tannenberg as well as any extant parts or surviving front pipes.

The restoration was completed in 1983 and the organ was installed in the newly constructed gallery in the Single Brothers' House next to the church. The reconstructed bellows were placed in the attic above the gallery and are pumped by pulling two ropes that hang from the ceiling. This is now the only example of this type of wind system arrangement once quite common in many Pennsylvania-German organs.

Additional work and setting of a new temperament (Sorge, 1744) was completed by James R. McFarland and Hans Herr in April of 2010. -- DavidTannenberg.com: Lititz Moravian Church - Lititz, PA - 1787

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on September 18, 2021.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018:
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on March 28, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock.

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

Database Manager on April 25, 2009:

Updated through online information from Paul Marchesano.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Built for the Moravian Church, Lititz, PA. Moved to Moravian Church, South Bethlehem in 1879. Dismantled and placed in storage in Lititz (part in church, part in Single Brothers' House). Portion at church destroyed by fire in 1957. Remainder restored/reconstructed by McFarland 1976-83. Compass 53/20.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
DavidTannenberg.com: Lititz Moravian Church - Lititz, PA: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on September 18, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2002-05-01

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