Letcher Organ Company (1969)

Originally A. B. Felgemaker Co. (1909ca.)

Location:

Center Avenue United Methodist Church
450 Eleanor Street
Pitcairn, PA 15140 US
Organ ID: 52409

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 14 ranks. 811 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 16 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 16
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on November 20, 2014:

Updated through online information from Joseph Tuttle. -- Church closed in February, 2014. Church and accompanying purchased by a private buyer in August, 2014. The pipe work and console were removed to storage by Luley & Associates in November, 2014. The facade and wind chests were left in place.

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

Database Manager on March 28, 2014:

Updated through online information from Shawn P. Keith. -- Swell 8' Clarinet notes 1-12 and 8' Vox Celeste are on an electric-action chest behind the Swell main chest, added after the 1969 rebuild. 8' Clarinet 13-61 may have supplanted the Vox Celeste on the main chest due to space limitations. Swell 8' Vox Humana is suspended over the main chest on a pneumatic chest not matching any others in the organ. Height restrictions caused by installation of Vox Humana may have been cause for relocating Celeste. Great 8' Melodia and Swell 8' Stopped Diapason are both made up of pipes from different ranks but all appear to be Felgemaker. Remainder of original Felgemaker 8' Melodia stored under console platform. Pedal 16' Bourdon has original 30 note compass but plays on 32-note pedalboard at 8' and 4'.

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

Database Manager on February 15, 2014:

Electrification of existing organ and installation of a new detached stop-tab console. Records indicate the last rebuild of the organ was 1969.

Organ is currently (February 2014) listed as being for sale.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist provided by church member
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Facade, January 2014.: Photograph by Nancy Wells.

Console, January 2014.: Photograph by Nancy Wells, Center Ave UMC.

Original builder's plate, January 2014.: Photograph by Nancy Wells, Center Ave UMC.

Organ Case: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Console: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Chimes Dedication Plaque: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Great Pipework: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Great Pipework and Toeboards (for 8' Dulciana & 4' Octave): Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Great Pipework: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Windchests for the Facade Pipes: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Vox Humana Pipework: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Swell Pipework (Vox Celeste, Clarinet, & Diapason): Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Swell Pipework (8' Salicional, 8' Stopped Diapason, 4' Harmonic Flute, & 8' Oboe: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Pedal Pipework (16' Bourdon): Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Pedal Windchests and 16' Bourdon Pipework: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

Blower: Photograph by Shawn P. Keith. Taken on 2014-03-11

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