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Onderhorst Kabinetorgel 1762 [Back to Library]

Producer: Legro Virtual Organ Sample Sets
Builder: Deetlef Onderhorst
Country: Netherlands
Manuals: 2
Pedalboard: No
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Date Built: 1762


The Onderhorst Cabinet organ dates back to 1762. Of its origin it is a house organ and it is
an instrument meant for chamber music. Since 2009 the organ has find a place in the
northern aisle of the Old Church of Bennekom. It is regularly used for concerts where it is
played solo as well as in combination with vocals and with various other instruments.
The organ was built in Amsterdam by Deetlef (or: Dethleff) Onderhorst.

Amsterdam was at that time the center of the Dutch art of house organ construction and Deetlef Onderhorst may be considered to be one of the most prominent builders of this type of organs. He signed the instrument with: 'Dethleff Onderhorst, Meester Orgelmaaker fecit Amsterdam 1762'. Apart from building house organs, he was also active in the maintenance and renewal of church organs and he was a builder of harpsichords as well.
Onderhorst made at least sixteen cabinet organs. About half of them were lost. Most of the remaining instruments have also not passed the age of the centuries in pristine condition.
The Bennekom organ is still largely in its original state, thanks to the great care of the former owners. The organ was restored between 2004 and 2009 by the well known Dutch
company Flentrop Orgelbouw B.V. . It had not been restored before. The organ now has acquired the official status of a National (Dutch) Monument.

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