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The current instrument is one of the fine achievements of
the Lorraine organ builder Theodore Haerpfer (1946-1999)
who took over in 1979 the management of the family factory
Haerpfer-Erman founded in 1863 in Boulay. This instrument
was installed in 1990 to replace the organ of Mutin-Cavaillé-
Coll of 2 keyboards /pedal of 19 real stops (with a Barker
With its "art nouveau" buffet featuring a 16' watch on the
front, this organ has 2 consoles.
The first, placed on the tribune, is mechanical and has 2
keyboards (Grand-Orgue and Swell) of 61 notes and a pedal
of 32 notes, it makes speak 34 real stops.
The second is mobile with electric transmissions, placed on a
side stand and has 3 keyboards (an expressive positive
keyboard in addition) of 61 notes and pedal of 32 notes. It
has 256 combinations, 16 tutti and 2 programmable
crescendo pedals. In addition to the previous 34 stops, it is
expected to eventually make talk of an additional fifteen
stops not yet installed today, including a 32' soubasse and a
32' contra-bombarde on the pedal. Note that the trumpet
arranged in chamade speaks only from the electric console.
Text : Thierry Correard