St John's Uniting Church (formerly Presbyterian)
cnr Stuart and Coonanbarra Streets, Wahroonga

Pels & Son, Alkmaar, Holland 1961 (3/29 electro-pneumatic)






From SOJ February/March 1984, Autumn 2002, Autumn 2006:

The first organ in St John's was an 11 stop tracker instrument built in 1905 by George Fincham & Son. This was sold to the Hurstville Christadelphian Ecclesia where it survives today, having been restored by Pitchford and Garside in 1981.

In 1961 its replacement was supplied by Pels & Son of Alkmaar, Holland, being a large electro-pneumatic instrument of largely Classical design. It has the German "free combination" system for setting up a General piston. It is the only example of this firm's work in this country. After some 40 years of constant use, the church engaged Pitchford & Garside to renovate the organ in late 2001. The work undertaken included (a) the removal, cleaning and repair as necessary, of all the 1, 856 pipes; (b) the reburnishing and realignment of reed tongues; and (c) the cleaning and adjustment of the action and console components.

 


Its specification is:


Great
Open Diapason
Salicional
Bourdon
Octave
Koppelflute
Octave
Plein Jeu
Trumpet

Swell (73 notes)
Salicional
Voix Celeste
Rohrflute
Prestant
Spitzflute
Nasard
Flageolet
Tierce
Oboe

Positive
Gedeckt
Principal
Blockflute
Larigot
Sharp
Krummhorn

Pedal
Resultant
Subbass
Principal
Gedackt
Choralbass
Posaune

8
8
8
4
4
2
III-V
8


8
8
8
4
4
2-2/3
2
1-3/5
8


8
4
2
1-1/3
III
8


32
16
8
8
4
16



12 couplers

Compass 61/30
Electro-pneumatic action

Detached stop-key console


















Photos: Alan Caradus (May 2012)