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Liberty Bay Presbyterian / Christ Memorial (old)
Hwy. 305 & Harrison
Poulsbo, Washington 98370

OHS Database ID 24823.

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Status and Condition

Renovation, restoration, or revision is in progress.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition November 25, 2006.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 3 divisions. 14 stops. 14 registers. 15 ranks. 825 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Stop keys on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- This was the purchase, removal, moving, rebuilding, and reinstallation of a used J. W. Steere & Son organ built in 1913 for a church in Amsterdam, New York. All this was done for only $4,600.00. Additional ranks were acquired from Seattle (likely Balcom and Vaughan) but were never added. The original Steere was only 14 ranks (Gt. - 4; Sw. - 9; Ped. - 1). A used 3-man. Möller console - Op. 6753 from Pennsylvania was used to control the organ. The building was originally Christ Memorial Church, and was later sold and became Liberty Bay Presbyterian. The organ had been placed for sale by the Presbyterian congregation, but is now being slowly refurbished as funds permit under the auspices of the Pipe Organ Foundation of Mercer Island, Washington. (Database Manager. November 25, 2006)

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from the console October 17, 1995

  • Poulsbo, Washington
    Liberty Bay Presbyterian Church (formerly, Christ Memorial Church)
    
    RODNEY TROSTAD, 1963-6_, Original Specifications
    
    
    GREAT                                        SWELL (Expressive)
       8     Diapason                   --          8     Diapason                   61
       8     Geigen                     61          8     Bourdon   [16']      (tc)  49
       8     Gemshorn                   61          8     Gedackt                    61
       4     Principal                  61          8     Viola                      61
       2-2/3 Twelfth                    --          8     Viola Celeste              61
       2     Fifteenth     [Aeoline]    61          8     Aloline  [sic] [Dulciana]  61
       1-3/5 Tierce                     --          4     Harmonic Flute             61
       IV    Fourniture                 --          2-2/3 Nasat                      --
       8     Trumpet                    --          2     Nachthorn                  61
             Chimes                                 8     Cornopean                  61
                                                    8     Oboe                       --
       Great 16'                                          Tremulant
       Great Unison [Off]
       Great 4'                                     Swell 16'
                                                    Swell Unison [Off]
                                                    Swell 4'
    CHOIR (Expressive)
       8     Melodia                    --
       8     Dulciana                   --       PEDAL
             blank                      --          16    Open Diapason              --
             blank                      --          16    Bourdon                    32
       8     Clarinet                   --          16    Violone                    --
             Tremolo                                16    Gedackt                    32
             Chimes               (Gt)  --          8     Bourdon                    --
                                                    4     Fifteenth                  --
       Choir 16'                                    16    Posaune                    --
       Choir Unison [Off]
       Choir 4'
    
    
    COUPLERS                                     TOE STUDS
       Swell to Pedal                [8],4          Sw. to Ped.                   (rev)
       Great to Pedal                [8],4          Gt. to Ped.                   (rev)
       Choir to Pedal                [8],4          Ch. to Ped.                   (rev)
                                                    Sforz.                        (rev)
       Swell to Great             16,[8],4
       Choir to Great             16,[8],4
                                                 COMBINATION COUPLERS
       Swell to Choir             16,[8],4          Pedal to Swell             On / Off
                                                    Pedal to Great             On / Off
                                                    Pedal to Choir             On / Off
    FINGER PISTONS
       Full Organ                    1 - 5
       Swell                         1 - 6       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
       Great                         1 - 6          Swell Expression             (bal.)
       Choir                         1 - 6          Great Expression             (bal.)
       Pedal                         1 - 6          Choir Expression             (bal.)
                                                    Crescendo                    (bal.)
    
    
    ACTION: E-P primary      VOICES: 15      STOPS: 15      RANKS: 15      PIPES: 845
                 & unit
    
    
    NOTES
    This organ has its origins in an instrument built by J.W. Steere and Son from Springfield,
    Mass. c. 1915 for a church in Auburn, New York. The organ was placed for sale in 1963, and
    was discovered by Christ Memorial Church parishioner and organ technician Rodney Trostad.
    After purchase approval was given by the Board, Mr. Trostad and church treasurer Glen Odle
    flew to New York to dismantle and pack the instrument for shipping. A used, c. 1929, III-
    manual, M.P. Möller console, opus 6753, was purchased from a church in Pennsylvania. Six
    additional ranks of pipes were secured in Seattle.
    
    By Christmas 1965, the Great had three ranks sounding and one Pedal rank was playing. Bit
    by bit the organ continued to grow. By the time of the dedication of the new church, the
    organ was up to 14 ranks, and well on its way to the planned total of 23 voices. One addi-
    tional rank was added before work on the instrument was stopped. The Church was able to
    purchase, ship, renovate, and install this instrument for only $4,600.00.
    
    Christ Memorial Church later moved to a new, much larger facility and acquired a used,
    III-manual Reuter from the closed First Methodist in Yakima, WA., which Mr Trostad installed 
    in the new facility. The former church housing the Steere-Trostad organ was sold to Liberty
    Bay Presbyterian Church, who in the mid 1990-s advertised the instrument for sale.
    
    The Great 2' Fifteenth stoptablet actually controls an 8' Aeoline rank. The Swell 8' Aloline
    [sic] stoptablet actually controls an 8' Dulciana. The Swell 8' Bourdon has been transposed
    as a tenor C 16' Bourdon. The 2' Nachthorn is actually a common metal 2' Fifteenth. The Pedal
    8' Bourdon has been wired as a Pedal-to-Pedal 4' coupler.
    
    Sources: Christ Memorial Church files; JRS; extant organ
    
     [Received from James R. Stettner 2012-12-16.]
  • Stoplist copied from the console October 17, 1995 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.