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The organ was built in 1898 by Joseph Merklin (buffet
designed by Félix Paumier). It was the last
instrument built by Joseph Merklin before his
retirement in 1890. He introduced his new
pneumatic transmission system, which he patented
on 20 April 1898. On November 14, 1898, two days
after Henri Dallier's inauguration of the instrument,
Joseph Merklin sold his business to his successors
Guttschenritter and Decock, who electrified the wind
tunnel in 1913.
After meticulous maintenance throughout the 20th
century, the instrument was scrupulously restored
by Muhleisen in 1995. The instrument was
inaugurated by André Stricker and Marie-Louis
In 2009, the two wind reservoirs were restored. In
2019, the instrument was overhauled by Muhleisen.
This organ can therefore be considered a totally
authentic example of an organ built by Merklin. It is
unfortunate, however, that the acoustics of the building
are so dry, following the division of the temple in two.
Noël Hazebroucq et al.
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