Wim Diepenhorst & Rogér van Dijk The organ in the Hervormde Kerk at Sassenheim
Het ORGEL 98 (2002), nr. 1, 15-19 [summary]

sassenheim-hk.jpg (17243 bytes)In 1657, Hans Goldfus (educated by Florentius Hocque, worked in Belgium as well), built an organ in the Gasthuiskerk at Delft. It was reconstructed by K.B. Blank & Zn. in 1975. Since the balcony appeared to be sagging, the organ had to be restored once again. J.C. van Rossum finished this restoration in 1999.

Johannes Duytschot could have been the builder who added the Cornet around 1700. In 1858, the organ was sold. It was placed in the Church at the Voldersgracht in Delft. In 1883, A.M.T. van Ingen moved the organ once again, now to the Oosterkerk. Van Ingen made the front wider at this time. In 1904, G. Spit built a new organ behind the Goldfus-front, using the old pipes.

In 1971, the Hervormde Kerk of Sassenheim bought the instrument. Organ builder Blank reconstructed the organ to the state it had after the Cornet had been added. Onno Wiersma and Klaas Bolt were consultants. The lengths of the pipes were reconstructed, but the nicks and the mouths were left unchanged.

The restoration by Van Rossum included lowering the wind pressure to 68 mm (a value indicated by the front pipes H-g# of the Prestant 4) and correcting the voicing. The mouths of the pipes had to be left unchanged once again. This limited Van Rossum’s possibilities considerably. Despite the remaining clearly audible alterations to the 17th century organ, and although the acoustics are not very good in Sassenheim’s village church, the organ still sounds convincing and inspiring.