Zion Lutheran Church - Spring City, PA

1791


Tannenberg's new organ for Zion Lutheran Church near Spring City was reported to be the first organ in Chester County. For this reason, the church was frequently known as "The Organ Church". The organ cost £150 and was consecrated on October 9, 1791 and was originally installed in the church building of 1775. The wind is supplied by a single double-fold wedge bellows installed in the case. The organ was moved by Samuel Bohler to the new church building constructed in 1861. In July of 1881, the organ was moved from the gallery to the front of the church by J. W. Custer of Pottstown. Custer also removed the top twenty pipes of the Quinte 3' and moved the pipes up in order to create a new Principal 8'. Interestingly, he provided a Pennsylvania-German style open wood bass for the lower twelve pipes. It was probably at this time that a reed organ keyboard replaced Tannenberg's original reversed-color keyboard and the case was painted a dark brown. In the 1970's the church interior was drastically reworked and the Tannenberg organ was relocated to the back gallery and the case repainted white.

In this condition, the organ remained until a thorough restoration was accomplished by Patrick J. Murphy and Co. in 1998. The Quinte 3' was restored with replica pipes made by Taylor and Boody Organ Builders and a replica keyboard furnished by R. J. Brunner and Co. As a result of this wonderful restoration, Tannenberg's organ once again speaks as it did in 1791.

The stop list is:

Manual: C-d3, 51 notes
Principal dulcis
8F.
Gedackt
8F.
Principal
4F.
Flaute
4F.
Quinte
3F.
Octav
2F.

The Principal dulcis is a narrow-scaled Principal with the lowest octave of stopped metal. The Gedackt is stopped wood while the Flaute is open. There is a composition pedal which turns on or off the Quinte 3' and Octav 2'.

Listen to an improvisation on the Principal dulcis 8' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Principal dulcis 8' and Principal 4' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Principal dulcis 8', Principal 4' and Octav 2' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Principal 4' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Gedackt 8' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Flaute 4' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Gedackt 8' and Flaute 4' by clicking here.

Listen to an improvisation on the Gedackt 8', Principal 4', Quinte 3' and Octav 2' by clicking here.

Click on the thumbnails to see the larger pictures:

Photos 1 - 2: Before restoration
Photos 3- 8: After restoration photos taken in October, 1998.
Photo 9 is of the church, October, 1998.
Photos 10 - 18 taken August, 2010.

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