The American Organist


 The August 2008 edition of The American Organist features our Opus 81, First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, SD.  Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“It was common in earlier times of organbuilding history for organbuilders to incorporate former organs into a new instrument. Look at many stoplists of Arp Schnitger as reported by Gustav Foch and more often than not, some stops on a new instrument will be attributed to an earlier builder, or simply vor Schn. This practice has certainly occurred in American organbuilding throughout our history and with varying degrees of success. It has been a practice perhaps shunned by some of our better builders in past decades and certainly by me. The advisability and resulting success depends on the style of organ being built and the skills of the organbuilder. As organbuilding and organ performance evolves in the beginning of the 21st century, as financial resources of churches are often limited, there is renewed incentive to incorporate the good of past American organbuilding into new instruments. That is what we have done at First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls. ”  Gene Bedient


Principal 16
Principal 8
Bourdon 8
Flûte hamonique 8
Octave 4
Spitzflute 4
Quinte 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV
Trompete 8
Solo Trumpet 8

Gedackt 16
Viole de Gambe 8
Voix céleste 8
Gedackt 8
Principal 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Blockflote 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Plein jeu IV
Contrafagott 16
Trompette 8
Fagott 8 (ext.)
Oboe 8
Clairon 4
Solo Trumpet 8
Swell 16
Swell Unison
Swell 4

Quintaton 16
Diapason 8
Holtzflote 8
Viole d’Amore 8
Viole celeste 8
Spitzprincipal 4
Koppelflote 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Octave 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Quinte 1 1/3
Scharf IV
Krummhorn 8
Solo Trumpet 8
Choir 16
Choir Unison
Choir 4

Contrebourdon 32
Prinicpal 16 (gt)
Bourdon 16
Gedackt 16 (sw)
Quinte 10 2/3
Octave 8
Bourdon 8 (ext.)
Gedackt 8 (sw)
Choral Bass 4
Bourdon 4 (ext.)
Mixture IV
Contrebombarde 32
Bombarde 16
Fagott 16 (Sw)
Trompette 8
Fagott 8  (Sw)
Fagott 4  (Sw)
Clairon 4

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Bedient in Sioux Falls
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