Pymble Uniting Church (formerly Presbyterian)
cnr Pacific Highway and Livingstone Avenue, Pymble

Hill, Norman & Beard 1967 (2/3 ranks extension + Mixture, electro-magnetic)



From SOJ Autumn 2002:

The organ in this small sandstone church was built in 1967 by Hill, Norman & Beard (Aust.) Pt'y. Ltd., as job number N715. Built in the firm's Clifton Hill works in Melbourne, the instrument was erected at the northern end of the building by HN&B's Sydney agents, Ted Pitchford and Stuart Garside.

Built as a "unit'' organ with three extended ranks and a separate mixture, the tonal design followed the tastes of the day, with so-called "Neo-Baroque'' voicing and plenty of upperwork. Space was left inside the instrument for a Krumhorn stop, intended to be available on both Swell and Great at 8' pitch, and on the Pedal at 8' and 4'.

About 20 years ago the church was re-oriented with the sanctuary and organ relocated at the southern end of the church: a new narthex was constructed to provide more space at the northern end.


In 1995 Kelvin Hastie inspected the organ with Mr Stuart Garside and the church's Director of Music, Mrs Heather Tredinnick. In noting some basic repairs and cleaning that were required to keep the organ in good order, it was also observed that the Mixture composition was too high and that the main chorus rank - the Spitz Principal - was too flute-like at its treble end. As funds were available to complete the organ it was decided not to opt for the Krumhorn (as prepared for in 1967), but for a more versatile reed stop instead. In 1995 the church engaged Pitchford & Garside to carry out the suggested work in three stages. In that year Stage I was completed - the lowering of the Mixture by an octave. This was achieved without any major physical intervention, as it was merely a matter of rewiring the switches to work at the transposed pitch. Stage II was completed in September 1996. This comprised the removal of the Spitz Principal to the works of Australian Pipe Organs in Melboume and its revoicing to produce standard principal tone. At the same time the organ's wind pressure was increased from a mild 2-1/2'' to 2-7/8'' w-g.

Stage 111, completed in May 1998, was the installation of a small-scaled Trumpet rank, the pipes of which were made by Australian Pipe Organs. Other minor repairs were also completed at this time. The specification of the organ, which has four extended ranks and a separate mixture, is:



Great
Contra Salicional
Spitz Principal
Rohr Gedeckt
Spitz Octave
Nason Flute
Quint
Doublette
Quartane
Trumpet

Swell
Salicional
Gedeckt
Fugara
Lieblich Flute
Block Flute
Larigot
Octavin
Cymbale
Trumpet
Tremulant

Pedal
Sub Bass
Octave
Flute
Salicional
Super Octave
Octave Flute
Nachthorn
Mixture
Trumpet
Trumpet

Couplers
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal
Swell to Great

16
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
II
8


8
8
4
4
2
1-1/3
1
II
8



16
8
8
8
4
4
2
II
8
4






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Compass 61/32

Electro-magnetic action

3 pistons each to Great and Swell