The Estey 3-Manual Pipe Organ

The historic “Sanctuary Organ” at Epsilon Spires was originally built in 1906 by the Estey Organ Co. The company was founded by Jacob Estey in Brattleboro and was known throughout the United States as the foremost producer of reed organs. In 1901, the company turned to building pipe organs in addition to their numerous reed organ models. The Estey factory manufactured more than 3,000 organs before its closure in the 1950s. At the height of the company, they shipped instruments around the country and even exported them as far as China and South Africa. The "Sanctuary Organ" was given as a gift to the First Baptist Church in memory of Juilius Jacob Estey (son of Jacob Estey, founder) by his sons Jacob Gray Estey and Julius Harry Estey. The organ was revised in 1958 by Elroy E. Hewitt, but its tonal features remain, for the most part, untouched. The instrument is an excellent example of an early-twentieth century American pipe organ.  


Upcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Henry Danaher
    Wed, Dec 07
    Epsilon Spires
    Henry Danaher is the Director of Music at the Church of Christ at Dartmouth College. The musical program for December includes Advent chorale preludes and music by Josef Rheinberger, Frank Bridge and Alexander Russell written during the era when the Estey organ at Epsilon Spires was built.

“The Sanctuary Organ” Stoplist

Originally built by Estey Organ Co., Opus 300, 1906 

Modifications by Elroy E. Hewitt, 1958 


Great (II)

Open Diapason 8

Gross Flute 8

Dulciana 8

Octave 4

Twelfth 2 2/3

Fifteenth 2

Tuba 8



Choir (I, expressive)

Concert Flute 8

Aeoline 8

Vox Angelica 8

Hohl Flute 4

Piccolo 2

Cor Glorieux 8

Choir Tremolo

Swell (III, expressive)

Bourdon 16

Stopped Diapason 8

Quintadena 8

Salicional 8

Voix Celeste (from tenor C) 8

Principal 4

Flute Traverso 4

Cornet III

Cornopean 8

Oboe 8

Vox Humana 8

Swell Tremolo 



Open Diapason 16

Bourdon (from Swell) 16

Dulciana 16

Gedeckt 8



Great to Pedal 8

Swell to Pedal 8, 4

Choir to Pedal 8

Swell to Great 16, 8, 4

Choir to Great 16, 8, 4

Swell to Choir 16, 8, 4 

Great to Great 4

Swell to Swell 16, 4

Choir to Choir 16, 4 


Player Assists:

7 General Pistons (also available as toe studs)

6 Swell Divisional Piston & 1 Divisional Cancel 

5 Great Divisional Pistons & 1 Divisional Cancel 

5 Choir Divisional Pistons & 1 Divisional Cancel 

4 Pedal Divisional Toe Studs & 1 Divisional Cancel 

Swell to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)

Great to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)

Choir to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)


General Cancel

Crescendo Pedal 


Manual Compass: C–c4, 61 notes

Pedal Compass: C–g1, 32 notes