First Presbyterian Church
224 Barnwell Avenue NW
Aiken, SC  29801

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History of Opus 3028

Opus 3028 was constructed by the Casavant Frères organ company for the new Sanctuary in 1969. Tonal design was by Lawrence Phelps, of Casavant, and Dr. Richard Peek served as the organ consultant. Randy Searle, who also served on the 1998-9 Organ Renovation Committee, was Chairperson of the 1969 Organ Committee. As a congregation, we were very fortunate to begin our worship life in this building with such a fine instrument.

Due to the normal wear of weekly use, certain mechanical parts of the organ were in need of replacement and updating, as well as a desire to change the character and style of the sound from German Neo-Baroque to American Classic. This tonal change has allowed the organ to play all periods of music convincingly, and better serve as an accompanying instrument for choirs and congregation.

The renovation was carried out by Casavant Frères and Walker Technical Company, under the guidance of the committee.


Photo Taken January 2008



Great Swell Pedal
16' Lieblich Gedackt 16' Geigen Principal 32' Contra Bourdon
8' Open Diapason 8' Diapason 16' Principal
8' Chimney Flute 8' Stopped Diapason 16' Geigen Principal (SW)
4' Octave 8' Gemshorn 16' Bourdon
4' Spire Flute 8' Gemshorn Celeste 16' Lieblich Gedackt (GT)
2' Fifteenth 4' Octave 8' Octave
1 1/3' Mixture IV 4' Spindle Flute 8' Stopped Flute
8' Trumpet 2 2/3' Nazard 4' Choralbass
Cymbelstern 2' Recorder 2' Mixture III
MIDI 1 3/5' Tierce 32' Posaune
  1' Plein Jeu II-V 16' Trombone
Solo (Floating) 16' Fagotto 16' Basson (L/2)
8' Viola 8' Trumpet 8' Trumpet (GT)
8' Voix Celeste 8' Hautboy 4' Shalmey
8' Flûte Harmonique Tremulant  
8' Corno di Bassetto Swell Unison Off Couplers
8' French Horn MIDI Great to Pedal
8' Cor Anglais   Swell to Pedal
8' Festival Trumpet Reversibles Solo to Pedal
Tremulant Great to Pedal: Thumb & Toe Solo to Pedal 4'
Harp Swell to Pedal: Thumb & Toe Swell to Great
Chimes Swell to Great: Thumb & Toe Solo to Great
  Solo to Pedal: Thumb & Toe Solo to Swell
Combinations Contra Bourdon 32': Toe  
Great: 1 - 6: Thumb Posaune 32': Toe Balanced Pedals
Swell: 1 - 6: Thumb Cymbelstern: Toe Swell Expression
Solo: 1 - 4: Thumb Full Organ: Thumb & Toe Solo Expression/Crescendo*
Pedal: 1 - 4: Toe    
Cancel: Thumb    
Adjuster: Thumb    
List Up: Thumb & Toe    
List Down: Thumb & Toe    
General Previous: Thumb    
General Next: Thumb    
Combination Lock: Key    

*Default as the expression pedal for the Solo division. By use of a key cheek button, will change function from Solo Expression to Crescendo. The Crescendo is programmable with 4 modes.

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