68 Main Street
Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540

1844-?1877-19751975-present


Courtesy of First Congregational Church of Falmouth; © First Congregational Church of Falmouth

Austin Organs, Inc. Hartford, Connecticut, Opus 2587, 1975
Releathering and maintaince by Potter-Rathbun Organ Company Inc.
Cranston, Rhode Island, 1995

Two manuals and pedal
Electro-Pneumatic Key and Stop Action
3 divisions, 28 ranks, 25 stops

Organ Specifications

Manual I: GREAT

8' Principal
8' Bourdon
8' Gemshorn (sw)
4' Prestant
4' Koppelflöte
2' Doublette
II Sesquialtera
IV Fourniture
8' Krummhorn
Tremolo
Chimes
(25 notes: g to g2)
Zimbelstern

Manual II: SWELL

(enclosed)
8' Rohrflöte
8' Gemshorn
8' Gemshorn Celeste
(49 notes: c to c4)
4' Spitzprincipal
2' Blockflöte
1 1/3 Quinte
III Plein Jeu
8' Trompette
Tremolo

PEDAL

16' Principal
(gr extension)
16' Rohrgedeckt
(sw extension)
8' Octave
8' Rohrflöte (sw)
4' Choralebass
(extension)
III Mixture
16' Trompette
(sw extension)
4' Krummhorn (gr)

COUPLERS

(key tongues -
grouped with
each division)
Great Unison off
16' Swell to Great
8' Swell to Great
4' Swell to Great
Swell Unison off
16' Swell to Great
4' Swell to Great
8' Great to Pedal
8' Swell to Pedal
4' Swell to Pedal

PISTONS

General 1-8
(duplicated in
toe studs)
Great and Pedal 1-5
Swell and Pedal 1-5
Pedal 1-4
(toe studs)
Great to Pedal
Reversible
(duplicated in
toe stud)
Swell to Pedal
Reversible
(duplicated in
toe stud)
Swell to Great
Reversible
Tutti (with
indicator light,
duplicated in
toe stud)
General Cancel
Pedal Cancel Bar
Swell Cancel Bar
Great Cancel Bar

ACCESSORIES

Balanced Swell Pedal
Crescendo Pedal
(with indicator lights)
Signal lights: Chancel, Narthex

This two manual instrument has 25 stops, 28 ranks of pipes and 1531 pipes. It also has a zimbelstern, a small set of rotating bells which lend a festive air on special occasions. The Pedal and Great divisions of the organ are on the left, as one faces the balcony. The Swell is enclosed in a box on the right, behind movable shutters which allow the volume of the sound to be varied by an expression pedal on the console. The 33 pipes of the facade are part of the principal 16' and 8' ranks of the pedal and great organ, respectively. They are all speaking pipes, and are composed of an alloy of high tin content which has been painstakingly burnished to a bright sheen--the first Austin organ to have such burnished pipes.

Behind the grille cloth are 1,498 more pipes, the largest of which are more than 8' in length and are made of zinc or wood. Because of the limited ceiling height in the balcony, the largest pipes are mounted on their sides, which in no way detracts from their sound. The smallest pipes are about 1 inch long and the diameter of a pencil. Most of the pipes are composed of a mixture of tin and lead called "spotted metal." All were made individually by hand with processes and tools that have changed little in many centuries.

The organ has low wind pressure and classic voicing, which gives it the clarity and tonal beauty of the 17th and 18th century organs. The tonal design and flexibility permit the music of all eras to be played.

The organ has a detached fixed console with stopkeys and an over top manual. It was installed at the base of the church's U-shaped balcony and dedicated in 1975.



E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings
Boston, Massachusetts, Opus 865, 1877

Two manuals and pedal
3 divisions, 16 ranks
Mechanical Key and Stop Action

Projecting console with drawknobs and straight stepped jambs. Removed in 1975.




In 1844 Elijah Swift donated a reed organ to the church.


Source: First Congregational Church, Falmouth, Massachusetts
           Cape Cod Chapter, American Guild of Organists
           Organ Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
           Organs of the United States and Canada Database