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New Providence Presbyterian Church
1208 New Providence Rd.
Raphine, Virginia 24472

OHS Database ID 27949.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 2, 2016.


Technical Details

Ventil chests. Tubular pneumatic key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 7 stops. 7 registers. 7 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Stops controlled by miniature keyboard. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. No combination action. Concave radiating pedalboard.

Notes

  • Identified by James R. Stettner through information from the Estey Opus List, published in The Boston Organ Club newsletter, 1973-1979. (Database Manager. August 30, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- The stop action is controlled by the Haskell "mini keyboard" placed above the Swell manual. The casework and attached keydesk have been painted white since the original installation. According to a post on PIPORG-L (5/4/09) the organ was rebuilt ca. 1998 by Xaver Wilhelmy. (Database Manager. May 5, 2009)
  • Posted to PipeChat January 28 2012 by Bod Moody. -- Restored 1990. Organ is bright and clear. It was built before the Hope Jones ideas infiltrated Estey. Open Diapason isn't overly loud (James Cook. January 28, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Moody. -- Two facts about the instrument make it unique.
    • It was acquired by the church because a young lady from the congregation went to college with the daughter of an employee of the Estey factory.
    • It is tuned at Sauveur's Philosophical Pitch, C-512 or A-430.5. That places it about a quarter step below 440 pitch.
    The pedalboard is slightly concave and slightly radiating. Also, middle D on the pedal is under middle F on the Great. The bench has a curved front, so one must sit in the middle rather than sitting in front of a preferred key. (Database Manager. November 12, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Moody. (Database Manager. November 12, 2013)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Moody.
    Organists since 1911, in order: Margaret Wade, Mrs. James Wade, Elsie Wade, Mrs. H. C. Slusser, Mollie Sue Whipple, Carole Griffin, Jesse Ratcliffe, Bob Moody. In a monograph by Mollie Sue Whipple, the purchase of the organ is described thusly:

    In the early 1900s the New Providence congregation was anxious to purchase a pipe organ for the church to replace the “pump organ” which was failing. About 1910, in typical Presbyterian fashion, a committee was appointed to check into the possibility of buying a pipe organ. Those on the committee were: Mrs. Ham Wade, O. B McClung, Gold Reed, John McFadden, Mrs. Walter Beard, Mrs David Whipple (Miss Jeannie Pringle), Jrs. Woods Culton, Miss elizabeth George and Miss Eglatine Beard. Mrs. whipple was a good friend of the Estey Organ Builders, having roomed with Miss Estey in college. She was instrumental in getting the organ for a very reasonable price of $1,500. However it was a large sum of money for that day and time.

    In 1911 it was decided to buy the organ with the help of the Ladies Aid Society and by private subscriptions. The Andrew Carnegie Foundation gave one-half of the price and the organ was built. New Providence became the only truly rural church in the Shenandoah Valley to have a pipe organ. There being no electricity in the building at that time, the organ had to be hand pumped by the sexton on Sunday mornings.

    When electricity was put in the church and a blower added to the organ, the hand pump remained intact and can be used today if necessary. The original walnut finish was painted white some time during the 1940’s. (Database Manager. March 2, 2016)

Online Documents

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Photographs

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Facade. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Keydesk. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Detail of Keydesk - Stop Keys. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Pedalboard. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Organ Bench. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Corner View of Case. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Wind Source Selector. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Wind Source Selector. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Bellows Handle. Photograph by Bob Moody 2014-02-22
Great Pipes: Diapason facade, Dulciana, and Melodia. Photograph by Rick Maryman, Feb 2012, courtesy of Bob Moody
Reservoir, Swell and Great Action Tubing, Pallet Box, Relief Box, Ventil Box. Photograph by Rick Maryman, Feb 2012, courtesy of Bob Moody
Factory Tag Inside the Instrument. Photograph by Rick Maryman, Feb 2012, courtesy of Bob Moody
Close-up of Factory Tag. Photograph by Rick Maryman, Feb 2012, courtesy of Bob Moody

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist

  • New Providence Presbyterian
    Raphine, Virginia
    
    Estey opus 907, installed 1911
    
    Great: 
    Open Diapason 8
    Melodia 8
    Dulciana 8
    Sw-gt 8
    Sw-gt 4
    
    Swell:  
    Stopped flute 8
    Salicional 8
    Harmonic Flute 4
    Tremolo
    
    Pedal: 
    Bourdon 16
    Sw-Ped
    Gt-Ped. 
    
    Note:  mechanical console and couplers, pneumatic key and stop action to ventil chests.
    Swell to great couplers couple through to pedal, giving a 4' in pedals
    
    [Posted to PipeChat January 28, 2012 by Bob Moody.]
    
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