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High Street Methodist Church
230 E. High St.
Springfield, Ohio 45505

Sanctuary

OHS Database ID 48007.

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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.


Technical Details

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.

Notes

  • 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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Photographs

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Chancel after 1942 renovation. Archival photo provided by Dan Walter and courtesy of J. A. Hefner
Console. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Commemorative Plaques. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Sanctuary Interior and Chancel. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Console. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-11
Couplers. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-11
Ancient Cutler-Hammer Motor Switch.. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-11
Choir Drawknobs. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Great Drawknobs. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Swell Drawknobs. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Pipework. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Pipework. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Right Chamber Grillework. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10
Left Chamber Grillework. Photograph by J. A. Hefner 2016-12-10

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist courtesy of the Schantz Organ Co.

  •        Springfield, Ohio
           High Street Methodist Church
    
           Schanz   1942   3/22
           _________________________________________________
    
           GREAT                         SWELL
        8' Open Diapason    73       16' Lieblich Bourdon 61
        8' Melodia          CH        8' Violin Diapason  73
        8' Dulciana         CH        8' Stopped Diapason 12
        4' Octave           73        8' Salicional       73
        4' Flute Harmonic   73        8' Vox Celeste      73
    2 2/3' Octave Quint     61        4' Flute d'Amoure   12
        2' Super Octave     61    2 2/3' Nasard            7
           Tremulant                  2' Flautino          5
           Sub                      III  Dolce Cornet    183
           Unison Off                 8' Cornopean        73
           Super                      8' Oboe             73
           Chimes           21        8' Vox Humana       73
           Blank                         Tremulant
                                         Sub
           CHOIR                         Unison Off
       16' Contra Dulciana  --           Super
        8' English Diapason 73           Blank
        8' Melodia          73
        8' Dulciana         73           PEDAL
        8' Unda Maris       61       16' Open Diapason    32
        4' Dulcet           12       16' Bourdon          32
    2 2/3' Dulciana 12th    --       16' Lieblich Gedeckt SW
        2' Dulciana 15th    --       16' Dulciana         12 CH
        8' French Horn      73        8' Octave           12
           Tremulant                  8' Major Bass       12
           Sub                        8' Dolce Flute      SW
           Unison Off                 8' Dulciana         CH
           Super                      4' Flute            SW
           Blank
    
       [Received online from Jeff Scofield September 5, 2011]
  • Stoplist courtesy of the Schantz Organ Co. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.