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Henry Erben (1860)


Emmanuel Church Episcopal
Port Conway, VA US
Organ ID: 66385

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Scot Huntington on October 10, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • 4 ranks. 1 divisions. 1 manuals. 5 stops. 5 registers.
  • Built by Henry Erben
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 1
  • Stops: 5
  • Registers: 5
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • 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 with hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: No pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Scot Huntington on October 10, 2020.
Scot Huntington on October 10, 2020:

The organ is installed in the rear gallery of this historic brick church built in 1856. The organ is believed to be Baltimore built. At some point mid-twentieth century, the feeder was removed (but saved) to facilitate the installation of an electric blower, and the Dulciana 8' was cut down and loudened without additional alteration to the voicing to become a 2' Fifteenth (original label missing), and the open metal pipes were trimmed for the installation of poorly-fitting slide tuners. The organ was restored according to O.H.S. Guidelines for Restoration by S.L. Huntington & Co. of Stonington, Conn. in 2005, and the changes reversed.

The church was damaged by Union troups during the Civil War, and received reparation payments to facilitate repairs by the Friends of the Episcopal Church of the North.

The keyboard folds up to close and down to play, engaging short metal backfalls at the keytails, and closed by a hinged panel folding down to open. The organ is enclosed behind horizontal shutters and the hitchdown pedal can be latched in the open position. The gothic case pine is faux-grained in imitation of oak and the half-round wooden dummies, once gilded, have been repainted several times with gold paint. This is an original installation.

We received the most recent update for this note from Scot Huntington on October 10, 2020.
Taken from console: Open In New Tab Originally published Recorded April, 2005
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Scot Huntington on October 10, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Pre-restoration image of the organ in the rear gallery: Photograph by Scot Huntington. Taken approx. Early Spring 2005

Pre-restoration interior pipework, left to right: St. Diap, Op. Diap, Principal, "Fifteenth", St. Diap. basses; note slide tuners made from soda cans: Photograph by Scot Huntington. Taken approx. Spring 2005

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