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New Church Organ

In August of 2006, Saint Andrew Parish purchased a new Ahlborn-Galanti model 2100 electronic organ from Harmony House in Rutland, Vermont. The organ has two manuals (keyboards) with 61 keys each and a pedalboard with 32 keys.

The new Ahlborn-Galanti organ replaced a Baldwin 520 electronic organ built in 1981 and purchased by the parish in 1986. The Baldwin served the parish well for twenty years. But in its last two years of service, the Baldwin required several service calls. Finally, in 2006, the power supply failed. Since new parts were no longer available, the existing power supply would have to be rebuilt. During the rebuilding process, the organ would have be out of service for at least 60 days during which time the church would have to rent another organ to support the liturgy.

The new AG-2100 is a fundamentally different kind of instrument compared to its predecessor. It contains a database of digitally recorded sound samples of every pipe on five different pipe organs from European and American churches.

The row of tabs above the two keyboards are called stop tabs. They are switches which control the sound of the organ. Many of the tones available on an organ immitate to some extent orchestral instruments such as strings, flutes and trumpets. By selecting various combinations of stops different tonal effects can be achieved.

The table below lists the stops available on the AG-2100 digital organ at St. Andrew Church.

Swell (upper manual)Great (lower manual) Pedal
Gedackt 8Montre 16 Principal 16
Viole de Gambe 8Principal 8 Sub Bass 16
Voix Celeste 8Montre 8 Octave 8
Prestant 4Bourdon 8 Bass Flute 8
Koppelflute 4 Octave 4 Choral Bass 4
Nazard 2 2/3 Orchestral Flute 4 Mixture IV
Octavin 2Super Octave 2 Posaune 16
Plein Jeu IV Fourniture V Trumpet 8
Basson 16Trumpet 8 Untersatz 32
Trompette 8 Gemshorn 8
Geigen Principal 8

The digit at the end of the stop name represents the approximate length of the longest pipe in the rank in feet. An 8 foot pipe will produce sound on the same pitch as a piano. A four foot pipe would produce a tone one octave above and a 16 foot pipe would produce a tone one octave below.