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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Opus 83, 2006

GREAT pipes
16' Bourdon 58
8' Prestant 58
8' Chimney Flute 58
4' Octave 58
4' Spire Flute 58
2' Fifteenth 58
III Cornet 2-2/3' mounted, g20-d51 96
IV Mixture 1-1/3' 232
8' Trumpet 58
Swell to Great
SWELL (expressive)
8' Lieblich Gedackt 58
8' Viola 58
8' Viola Celeste FF 53
4' Principal 58
4' Harmonic Flute 58
2' Piccolo 58
III Mixture 1' 174
8' Oboe 58
16' Subbass 32
16' Bourdon from Great
8' Prestant 32
8' Gedackt ext. Subbass 12
4' Octave ext. Prestant 12
16' Trombone 32
8' Trumpet ext.Trombone 12
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Mechanical key action (electric action for Pedal)
Electric stop action with 8 level combination action
Free standing solid hard maple case

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Construction Photos

Op. 83 has an unusual three-dimensional façade. The horizontal components of the screen behind the façade pipes step out at the bottom to become toeboards.

Randy Hausman and Donny Hobbs rack pipes of the Great Prestant. The yellow-green color of the pipes comes from a plastic wrap to protect the polished finish of the pipes. It’s cut away around the mouths so that the pipes can be pre-voiced in the shop.

The spaces between the metal pipes will be filled by wooden Bourdon 16' pipes that will be painted a burgundy color.

The Pedal pipes are arranged on either side of the case. The wooden pipes that have a greenish color are made of yellow poplar, and will be painted burgundy. The nine small lighter-colored ones in the lower right are made of hard maple and will have a natural finish.

Op. 83 has a detached console, seen here set up in the key action shop. Here you can see the back of the console and the horizontal tracker run, which passes under the floor of the choir loft.

Art Middleton making the horizontal wooden trackers that fit in the tracker run pictured above.

A view of the detached console from above, graphically showing the splayed key action (Great is on the right, Swell on the left). Bob Savage is installing trackers.

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Installation Photos

Marilyn Witte, Cantor of The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, gives the console a try before it’s moved into the church.

Unloading one of the slider windchests.

People who help unload the thousands of parts of a pipe organ rarely wonder why they’re so “expensive”.

The console is hoisted into the balcony.

The detached console will be located in the lower right of the photo, with the trackers running under the floor directly to their respective division (Great on the right, Swell on the left).

The Swell windchest is hoisted...

...and set into place.

The façade is rather unconventional, being essentially a screen composed of hard maple bars with a natural finish (unstained). The materials that hold the façade pipes in place are painted dark blue and burgundy; some of the wood pipes are also painted.

A view showing the three dimensional nature of the façade. Pipes further forward in the case stand on lower maple bars. Some smaller Pedal pipes (on the extreme left) have yet to be installed. The largest pipes of the Pedal Subbass are in, however.

Voicers John Ourensma and John Panning confer during the tonal finishing.

The children of the church built their own organ, Op. 83a. Here Pastor Marilyn Witte assists as the junior organ builders perform during its dedication recital.

Participants in the dedicatory events, from left to right:
The Rev. Clifton Eschbach, The Rev. Mark Russell, pastors of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd; The Rev. Marilyn Witte, Cantor; organ builder Lynn Dobson; and recitalist Martin Jean.


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