Status and Condition
The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition 2017-01-04.
Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.
Three manuals. 22 ranks.
Manual compass is 61 notes.
Pedal compass is 32 notes.
The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes.
- Identified through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. 2011-06-06)
- Updated through online information from J. A. Hefner.
The organ was installed in 1942 when the chancel was renovated, as the 1881 Felgemaker organ was in serious disrepair and barely functional. The Schantz installation was mostly new, save for "a few pipes" reused in the new organ. Either way, the contract was to install a new "three-manual electric organ complete with 1524 pipes...from 16-ft to 3/8-in" plus chimes, at cost ~$10000. Supposedly a harp attachment was added shortly after, though I have never seen a stop for it nor does Schantz have record [perhaps it was removed].
Eventually it was due for repairs...
In 2011, the organ was completely inspected by Peebles-Herzog of Columbus (the company responsible for regular organ maintenance). Former organist Phyllis Wagoner donated towards the organ's upkeep, and in 2013, the organ was "preserved and rehabilitated to its full glory". I take it that it was Renovated by OHS standards.
The organ is in full working order and used regularly to this day. (Database Manager. 2016-12-08)
- Updated by J. A. Hefner, who has heard or played the organ.
Update regarding organ state: I recently was able to try the organ out post-restoration [I was previously able to try it out pre-restoration years ago].
For whatever reason, the Great manual has been configured to play Diapason when the blower is running, even when all stops are in and the organ should be silent.
As a result, trying solo stops like Chimes is impossible. The Chimes are difficult to hear but they also suffer from lag.
The Harp ["Vibraharp"] stop does not work; apparently it malfunctioned in the early 2000s during a church service, making a horrendous ratcheting sound until disabled. Schantz was called out to fix it, but they either disconnected or removed it, and it was never reinstated.>
Everything else is up-to-date and works perfectly. (James Cook. 2017-01-04)
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