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The Stahlhuth organ of Wilwerwiltz (L), 1914


Pierre Lauwers
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This organ was built for the benedictine Abbey of Limpetsberg, Luxembourg city.

As this abbey became redundant -yes, it can happen on the continent as well- the organ,

which is protected as a Monument historique, has been recently restored -in its original

state, electro-pneumatic action included- and placed in the church of Wilwerwiltz.

 

A pupil of Josef Merklin, Stahlhuth had his workshop in Aachen, not far from here, on the belgian

border. His style is tipically post-romantic, and mixed french and german influencies, an even,

in larger organs, british -he imported reed stops from Britain-.

 

Here are pictures and, on the left side, the Specifications:

 

 

http://www.orgues.lu/spip.php?article32

 

The Great (Manual I) is a kind of second swell, enclosed and with its celeste. Note there is nothing

above 4'.

 

Does it sound muddy ? Answer here below:

 

 

This kind of organ experiences a wide renaissance nowadays here; they are coming under protection

everywhere one can find one, while the eventual added whistles are removed, and the missing stops

are reconstituted carefully.

This one remained 100% original since 1914 !

 

Pierre

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This organ was built for the benedictine Abbey of Limpetsberg, Luxembourg city.

As this abbey became redundant -yes, it can happen on the continent as well- the organ,

which is protected as a Monument historique, has been recently restored -in its original

state, electro-pneumatic action included- and placed in the church of Wilwerwiltz.

 

A pupil of Josef Merklin, Stahlhuth had his workshop in Aachen, not far from here, on the belgian

border. His style is tipically post-romantic, and mixed french and german influencies, an even,

in larger organs, british -he imported reed stops from Britain-.

 

Here are pictures and, on the left side, the Specifications:

 

 

http://www.orgues.lu/spip.php?article32

 

The Great (Manual I) is a kind of second swell, enclosed and with its celeste. Note there is nothing

above 4'.

 

Does it sound muddy ? Answer here below:

 

 

This kind of organ experiences a wide renaissance nowadays here; they are coming under protection

everywhere one can find one, while the eventual added whistles are removed, and the missing stops

are reconstituted carefully.

This one remained 100% original since 1914 !

 

Pierre

 

'Superb Clarinette and some nice strings later! The layout is also quite neat with the two swell boxes in the outer towers.

 

A

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'Superb Clarinette and some nice strings later! The layout is also quite neat with the two swell boxes in the outer towers.

 

A

 

 

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To my ears, this is not unlike a Wurlitzer organ without the Tibias and Tremulants.

 

MM

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As you won't paste airbags onto a 1920 Bentley steering wheel, the electrics have been

restored as they were.

 

Pierre

 

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Neither do they have collapsible steering-columns, disc-brakes, seat-belts and crumple-zones......best left alone.

 

I recall that, in my youth, I tried to start a Rudge 500cc motor-cycle. It backfired when I kicked it over, and I ended up with a sore ankle on top of the garage!

 

MM

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