The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oberlin, Ohio

Practice Room

OHS Database ID 37884.

Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition December 21, 2008.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) unit chests.

4 stops. 12 registers. 5 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.


  • Identified through information published in John Ferguson's Walter Holtkamp: American Organ Builder (DMA treatise, Eastman School of Music, 1976). Although neither Votteler-Holtkamp-Sparling nor their successor Holtkamp Organ Co. assigned Opus numbers to their instruments, this organ was identified in factory documents as Job number 1641. That number appears here as the Opus number of this instrument. Practice Organ (Database Manager. December 21, 2008)
  • From a photograph caption in the 2009 Organ Atlas: "The 1949 Holtkamp, the first 'Martini' model practice organ. The designers included Arthur Poister, Fenner Douglass, Grigg Fountain and Walter Holtkamp Sr. The details were worked out over cocktails one evening in the apartment of Douglass and Fountain, hence the model name." (James Cook. July 9, 2009)

Online Documents

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  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. "Oberlin Conservatory of Music," 2009 Organ Atlas: The City of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (pp. 172-185). [Photographs, stoplists]

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Organ. Photograph by Jim Cook 2009-07-08
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-06-25
Pipe Display and Keydesk. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-06-25

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: from Organ Atlas 2009 • The City of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (OHS Press)
    Oberlin, Ohio
    Oberlin Conservatory of Music - Practice Room
    Holtkamp   Job No. 1641   1949   2 manuals, 12 registers, 4 stops, 5 ranks
              MANUAL I                MANUAL II               PEDAL
           8' Gedackt              8' Quintadena          16' Gedackt
           4' Principal            4' Gedackt              8' Gedackt
           4' Quintadena           2' Principal            4' Principal
              Cymbel II        1 1/3' Larigot              4' Quintadena
                                      STOP ANALYSIS
                             16' Gedackt          97 pipes
                              4' Principal        73 pipes
                              8' Quintadena (TC)  61 pipes
                                 Cymbel II       122 pipes
                                        Total    353 pipes
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-06-26]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: from Organ Atlas 2009 • The City of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (OHS Press) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.