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A. B. Felgemaker Co. (1917)

Location:

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
Sharpsburg, PA US
Organ ID: 48308

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered 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 May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP ventil
  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP ventil chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery 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: 4
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 27, 2017:

Updated by J. A. Hefner.
The Sommerhoff signature is interesting: William A. [Albert?] Sommerhoff left Felgemaker with the Tellers brothers in 1906 to start the first Tellers organ firm. Sommerhoff left in 1918, then Albert Kent [superintendent of Felgemaker] joined, effectively bringing Felgemaker with him [somehow the company assets, contracts, etc. were absorbed by Tellers]. Sommerhoff's apparent work on this organ might show some sort of cooperation before 1918 [like Leblanc-Courtois-Holton brasses in the 1950s-60s before the 1961 decision to merge, then 1964 merger, or Elkhart instrument makers].

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

Database Manager on July 18, 2011:

Identified through online information from Joseph Tuttle. -- The organ in St. Mary's in Sharpsburg is signed inside, "Albert Sommerhoff" and the year 1917. The original console was rebuilt by Organcraft in the early 1980s, and a new 8' Trumpet was installed in the Great, possibly replacing an existing rank.

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

Instrument Images:

Nave and Sanctuary Interior: Photograph by Russell Weismann.

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