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  • What is the oldest pipe organ you have ever played?



    The official oldest organ ever played thread! Provide a picture if possible. One of the oldest I've played is a 1831 Goodrich...



    http://www.capecodago.org/organs/nantucketunitarianuniversalist.html



    Another one is an 1830 Appleton at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.



    http://nycago.org/Organs/NYC/img/MetMuseumAppletonCase.jpg






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    You have clearly outdone me as far as the oldest is concerned. My organ is close to the oldest I have played and is 80 years old. The console:



    http://www.bluemoonwalkinghorses.com/WurlitzerConsole2.jpg





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      I'm going to say 1921 (give or take a few). It was a  3/8 Robert-Morton "Wonder Pipe Organ" in Beaumont TX. 



      Again, organmaster007x has about a century on me!  



       



       

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        The Schnitger of St-Jakobikirche, Hamburg: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schnitger_organ_(Hamburg) The oldestpipes are from 1512. Over 80% of the pipes are from 1693 or earlier:





        The E.F. Walcker organ at the Riga Dom: http://www.lmuza.lv/organ/organs/Riga_Dom.htmlThe façade is from 1601, but the rest of the instrumentis 19th century:



        St-Gervais-St-Protais, Paris: http://sgorgue.free.fr/english/index_e.php The original organ was by Langhedul in 1601; then Pescheurbuilt the organ for the gallery in 1628,also work by Thierry and Clicquot. A very important installation due to the organ's long association with the Couperin dynasty:



        Chartres Cathedral - the façade is by Filleul (1546) but the organ is recent:


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          In 1958 as a student on a history field trip I visited St John Anglican Church Waimate North, New Zealand. The Church is on the site of an early mission station . The organ probably dates from mid to late 1800s. The vicar coerced visitors into "Pilgrim Services". I volunteered my services as organist even though I had only ever played reed organs up until that time..



          Two or three years ago I visited Christchurch New Zealand and went thru to the port town of Lyttelton. In the museum there I found and played a one manual instrument which had been in the local Methodist Church. Its claim to fame - it had been been used at the last service attended by the explorer Robert Falcon Scott before he left in late 1901 on his ill fated expedition to the South Pole. The organ was obviously built prior to 1901. I do have a photo but haven't been able to figure out how to include it in this post





          Keith

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            [quote user="Organmaster007x"]The official oldest organ ever played thread! Provide a picture if possible.[/quote]




            The oldest organ I've played is an 1860E. & G. G. Hook, 3-Manual tracker. See more at:




            http://organforum.com/photos/myorgan...ture41656.aspx OR




            http://www.hookopus288.org/




            Michael

            Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
            • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
            • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
            • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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              1867 Odell Opus 63





              This organ has *possibly* the oldest functioning combination action in the United States!

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                Fascinating!

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                  Ed, this one is Emmanuel Episcopal in Hastings, MI (originally St. Mark's Grand Rapids)

                  http://organsociety.bsc.edu/SingleOrganDetails.php?OrganID=6936

                  You're thinking of Opus 65[;)]

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                    Nathan says the one at my church is a Moller from around the turn of the century, when they were still using tubular-pneumatic. Pretty cool.

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                      OK, everyone is talking about US organs so I'll list the oldest one I've played in the US:







                      It is the 1863 E.F. Walcker at Methuen. http://www.mmmh.org/




                      OK, it is not exactly an American organ [:D] (or maybe it sort of is... [:S]) but it is in the US.

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                        Hi Soubasse32,

                        I fondly remember having the pleasure of playing *A Mighty Fortress Is Our God* on the organ of Notre Dame de Valere - built in 1435.  What an experience that was.

                        Cheers,

                        Corno Dolce

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                          The oldest I have played is the 2 manual and pedal Tannenburg. Built in the year 1800.

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                            i'm lucky.. I live in Italy near Rome, so it is easy to play ancient instruments..



                            In Rieti Town (located at 75 km NE from Rome) we have about 14 historical instruments.. the conservation is not good but someone plays well; in particular, see the S.Chiara Fedeli Organ, a nice Italian Baroquie instruments with a "brustwerk" tromboncino rank near the console.. very rare for XVIII century.



                            If you want visit (virtually) the Rieti ancient organs, you can visit here (Sorry for Italian, I'm traslating all the site pages but the work is quite heavy)



                            http://www.organosandomenicorieti.it/strumenti_rieti.htm





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                              St. Vicente de Fora, Lisboa, Portugal - one of the biggest



                              and maybe the best "iberian style" organ (i.e. renaissaince



                              and barroque's organs of Portugal and Spain).












                              This one is very "modern" (1765). 2 manuals and 58 stops (divided).





                              Regards.





                              -A

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