Henry Erben (1873)

Location:

Brandon Parish Episcopal<br>aka Martin's Brandon Church, Brandon Church, Martin's Brandon Episcopal Church
The postal address uses a different city, but Burrowsville is the
Burrowsville, VA 23842 US
Organ ID: 4177

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 20, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 3 ranks. 1 manuals. 4 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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 20, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 4
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 20, 2019.
Database Manager on May 20, 2019:

Updated by William T. Van Pelt, the builder.
Please note that the present information in the database is incorrect: this is NOT a G-compass organ. The lowest note on the manual and pedal keyboards is C.
Status Note: There 1980; dedication recital played by John K. Ogasapian on November 15, 1980
Restored by Mann & Trupiano 1980 (not 1982). Work done by Ronald W. Davis in 1962. The organ was NEVER G-compass. 2.5-inch windpressure. The entire organ is under expression. Horizontal Swell shutters. No-hitch-down, unbalanced Swell Pedal to the Right of keyboard -- organist must hold the pedal down to keep the shutters open. A makeshift stick has been used to do this for many years.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 21, 2019.

Database Manager on April 23, 2019:

(Per an email from William van Pelt) The drawknobs are on flat jambs, but since there are only three knobs per side, they are not actually in rows. The Swell shoe does not have a hitch, it closes when released. A make-shift device is being used to hold the shoe in an open position.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 24, 2019.

Database Manager on April 22, 2019:

Updated through online information from William van Pelt. The hand pumping mechanism existed and was restored with the rest of the organ in 1980. The original wooden windline between the reservoir and windchest was preserved intact (and stored atop the organ) and restorer Larry Trupiano built a replacement wooden windline as an exact replica of the original into which he cut a hole and built a wooden curtain valve to accommodate a modern electric blower to replace the abandoned old blower. Restoration of the reservoir including patching the hole through which the old blower's wind entered the reservoir.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 23, 2019.

Database Manager on April 15, 2012:

Updated through online information from Kimberly J Goodrich.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 22, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1982.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restored by Mann & Trupiano 1980. Earlier work by Ronald Davis (Richmond). Rear Gallery. 56 note, G compass. 2.5in. windpressure. Enclosed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 22, 2019.
Stoplist copied from console photos sent by William van Pelt.: Open In New Tab Typed Stoplist by Stephen Hall
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 23, 2019.

Stoplist taken from the keydesk: Open In New Tab Original document from William T. Van Pelt. Originally published 2019-04-25
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 25, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Organ in (liturgical) West Gallery: Photo by William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Restorers Henry Mann and Larry Trupiano with 1873 Erben: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Installing restored organ, left to right: Alan Laufman, Peter Redstone, Larry Trupiano: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Keyboard, compass C-g3, 56 notes: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Organ in (liturgical) West Gallery: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

1873 Erben before restoration, unused, at back of church, Epistle side: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1977-09-11

Builder's Nameplate associated with 1962 rebuild.: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1977-09-11

Organ on Gospel side of the chancel, where it was located during the first half of the 20th century or longer.: Christmas Card, courtesy of William T. Van Pelt (The style and photographic material suggest ca. 1900-1950.).

Dedication Plate: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Left Stop Jamb: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Right stop jamb: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

Pedal claiver and Swell pedal: Photo by contributor: William T. Van Pelt (1980).

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