Henry Erben (1892)

Originally Henry Erben & Co. (1840)

Location:

Katsbaan Reformed Church
1800 Old Kings Hwy
Saugerties, NY 12477 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 46791

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Reformed Churches (RCA, CRC, URC, PRC)
  • 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 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 3 divisions. 3 manuals. 13 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 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 18
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on January 25, 2013:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Evidence suggests this was an organ built by Henry Erben for George Templeton Strong of New York, a lawyer and musical amateur in 1840. A recent restoration process with input and labor by Dana Hull, the late John Ogasapian, Barbara Owen, and Richard Hamar, was recently completed, and a rededicatory recital anticipated sometime in the Spring of 2013. Ogasapian styled this instrument as the oldest extant three-manual pipe organ in the United States.

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

Database Manager on May 24, 2010:

Identified through on-line information from Joseph Bertolozzi. -- It is believed the organ was built in 1840 for the New York lawyer and musical amateur George Templeton Strong. In the 1850's this organ was dismantled and installed in the Saugerties Reformed Church, where it was used until 1892. It was then given to the Katsbaan Reformed Church. The compass of the keyboards on the Katsbaan organ are from a low G to a high f, with no low G# (standard practice in a G compass organ). The pedalboard compass is from low G (includes the G#) to a C. This is one of the 5 most historically significant pipe organs in America, according to Dr. John Ogasapian. He believes that the Katsbaan Pipe Organ is the oldest extant three-manual organ in North America. It was featured in Dr. Ogasapian's article in The Keraulophon in October of 1989.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist (Source: Katsbaan Organ Restoration website, 2013-01-24)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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