The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First United Methodist Church of London
52 North Main Street
London, Ohio 43140

Main Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 46199.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2014-01-21.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 36 registers. 28 ranks. 1705 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Renovation, replacement console (relocated and reconditioned), and enlargement of existing, previously altered, Durthaler organ of 1959, identified through on-line information from Michael Schreffler. -- At its heart, this instrument retains its 17 ranks of largely unaltered pipe work from 1894. (Database Manager. 2010-02-11)
  • Updated through online information from Tim Wilson. -- THE 2010 PROJECT: By decade’s end, the church structure was in need of considerable repair and maintenance. A capital improvements campaign was launched to provide for complete roof replacement, masonry work, and various other repairs. Included in the project were plans to perform similarly necessary repairs, rebuilding, and replacements to the organ, along with the addition of an Antiphonal division.
    After only twelve years, the 1988 Schantz mechanical console was in bad shape. Its mechanical combination action had become unreliable and the stop and coupler contacts were failing to a point that the organist had to use creativity to keep them playing. While other significant work was needed, it seemed timely to replace the console with one that had up-to-date electronic capability at the same time. Electronics were in their infancy in 1988 when the 1959 console was replaced.
    Many pipes were not speaking because the cloth insulation over the wiring in the organ chamber, dating to 1959, was deteriorating. Wind lines from 1987-88 additions were failing because they were made of inferior flexible material. With faithful stewardship in mind, the board of trustees worked closely with Muller Pipe Organ Company to devise a plan to repair and upgrade the instrument. (Database Manager. 2014-01-21)

Online Documents

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  • A Concert of Celebration. Dedication program for Organ and Building renovations. Author: Author not identified Source: Photographs, brief history, stoplist. Document Date: not recorded. Document received from Tim Wilson 2014-02-11.
  • History of the Organ. History and Description. Author: Author not identified Source: Original digital document. Document Date: not recorded. Document received from Tim Wilson 2014-02-11.
  • The “New” Spencer Steel Orgoblo #11887. Description of the blower restoration, with photographs. Author: Tim Wilson Source: Original digital document, formatted for 8 1/2 x 11 paper. Document Date: not recorded. Document received from Tim Wilson 2016-10-22.

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Photographs

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Church exterior. Photograph by Paul Williams
New antiphonal case. Photograph by Tim Wilson, Nay 2010
Antiphonal chest 11 installation. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Antiphonal chest installed. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Antiphonal Chamber. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Console. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Console case and stop jambs during restoration. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Console detail. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Console shell. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Antiphonal pipes before restoration. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Antiphonal pipework - after restoration. Photograph by Tim Wilson, May 2010
Great pipework. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Swell pipework. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Mitered basses. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Trombone 16, Octave 8 behind. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Trombone 16 chest and boots. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Open Wood Diapason 16 - pipe mouths. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Great and Swell reservoirs. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Swell windchest. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Bottom 6 pipes of Great Open Diapason - original facade pipes. Photograph by Tim Wilson, January, 2014
Restored 1921 Spencer Orgoblo. Photograph by Tim Wilson 2016-05-01
Restored 1921 Spencer Orgoblo. (showing one of the 31" turbines) Photograph by Tim Wilson 2016-05-01

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist provided by Tim Wilson, Chairperson, Board of Trustees

  • London, Ohio
    First United Methodist Church
    52 North Main Street
    Constructed 1893-1894
    
    Johnson & Son Pipe Organ, 1894, Opus 814
    Westfield, Massachusetts
    
    2009-2010 renewal and enlargement by
    Muller Pipe Organ Company, Croton, Ohio
    
    -New 3 manual, draw knob console
    -Complete rewiring
    -New Peterson ICS 4000 computerized switching system
    -Addition of Antiphonal organ
    -Additional ranks added to main organ
    
    GREAT (expressive)
    Open Diapason 8
    Melodia 8
    Dulciana 8
    Octave 4
    Flute d’amour 4
    Twelfth 2⅔
    Fifteenth 2
    Tierce 1 3/5 *
    Mixture IV †
    Trumpet 8
    Tuba 8 (Antiphonal)
    Chimes †
    Zimbelstern *
    Tremolo
     
    SWELL (expressive)
    Open Diapason 8
    Stopped Diapason 8
    Viola 8
    Viola Celeste 8 †
    Principal 4 *
    Harmonic Flute 4
    Flautina 2
    Quint 1⅓ **
    Bassoon Oboe 8
    Oboe 4 *
    Tremolo 
    
    ANTIPHONAL*
    Gedeckt 8
    Principal 4
    Flute 4
    Octave 2
    Tuba 8
    Clarion 4
    Tremolo 
    
    PEDAL (expressive, unless indicated in Antiphonal division)
    Resultant 32 *
    Open Diapason 16
    Bourdon 16
    Gedeckt 16 (Antiphonal)
    Octave 8 *
    Bourdon 8
    Gedeckt 8 (Antiphonal)
    Choral Bass 4 *
    Trombone 16 *
    Trumpet 8 *
    Chimes † 
    
    * 2010
    † 1988 
    ** From original Johnson & Son Fugara
    
    Chimes in memory of Rev. Ernest A. Wall
    Zimbelstern in memory of Betty E. (Weimer) Wilson
    
    Peterson ICS 4000 Control System
    5hp Spencer Orgoblo, main organ
    3hp Meidinger blower, Antiphonal organ
    
     [Received from Tim Wilson, Chairperson, Board of Trustees 2014-01-19.]
  • Stoplist provided by Tim Wilson, Chairperson, Board of Trustees Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.