The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Melbourne Town Hall
Swanston and Collins Streets
Melbourne, Australia

Auditorium of Melbourne Town Hall

OHS Database ID 46549.

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 August 31, 2011.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 9 divisions. 147 ranks. 9556 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, not in standard AGO position. Adjustable combination pistons. 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 toe studs.


  • Identified through on-line information from Eric J. Gastier. -- This instrument has two consoles. The case console is a rebuilding of the 1929 Hill, Norman & Beard console. The new Schantz console is movable and is located at main hall floor level. All stops are available both consoles. Reconstruction and relocation of the Echo organ has been prepared for in the main organ chambers. Roughly 2/3 of the organ's pipework, the facade and grilles, and the case console are from the 1929 Hill, Norman & Beard organ, (Database Manager. March 6, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from Eric J. Gastier. (Database Manager. August 31, 2011)

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Organ Case, Facade and Console. Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001)
Mobile Console. Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001)
Pipework (Choir Organ). Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001)

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  • From OHTA website

  • Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
    2000 Schantz Organ Co. Opus 2161
    16' Double Open Diapason
    16' Tibia Profunda
    16' Contra Geigen (enclosed)
    8' Open Diapason I
    8' Open Diapason II (enclosed)
    8' Diapason Phonon
    8' Tibia Plena (Ext.)
    8' Harmonic Flute
    8' Hohl Flote (enclosed)
    8' Rohr Flote (enclosed)
    8' Gamba Major (enclosed)
    4' Octave Diapason
    4' Octave Phonon
    4' Principal (enclosed)
    4' Tibia Octave (Ext.)
    4' Wald Flote (enclosed)
    2 2/3' Octave Quint
    2 2/3' Stopped Quint (enclosed)
    2' Super Octave
    2' Fifteenth (enclosed)
    1 3/5' Tierce (enclosed)
    VI-VII Grand Fourniture (2 2/3', enclosed)
    V Chorus Mixture (2', enclosed)
    IV Mixture (1 1/3')
    32' Contra Fagotto (enclosed)
    16' Trombone (enclosed)
    16' Fagotto (Ext., enclosed)
    8' Trumpet Victoria (Fanfare)
    8' Tromba (enclosed)
    8' Harmonic Trumpet (enclosed)
    4' Clarion (enclosed)
    Harp (Echo)
    Carillon (Solo)
    Swell (Enclosed):
    32' Contra Violone (Ext.)
    16' Bourdon (Ext.)
    16' Violine
    8' Diapason Phonon
    8' Geigen Principal
    8' Flauto Traverso
    8' Cor de Nuit
    8' Bourdon
    8' Gamba
    8' Gamba Celeste 
    8' Aeoline
    8' Vox Angelica (FF)
    4' Principal
    4' Harmonic Flute
    4' Rohr Flute
    4' Octave Gamba
    2 2/3' Harmonic Quint
    2' Piccolo
    2' Salicetina
    1 3/5' Tierce
    V Chorus Mixture (2')
    III Grave Mixture (2')
    III Sharp Mixture (1')
    16' Double Trumpet
    16' Bassoon
    8' Cornopean
    8' Trumpet Victoria (Fanfare)
    8' Orchestral Trumpet
    8' Horn
    8' Oboe
    8' Vox Humana (enclosed, Tremulant)
    4' Clarion
    Choir (Enclosed with Great):
    16' Contra Salicional
    8' Horn Diapason
    8' Corno Flute
    8' Flute Celeste II
    8' Lieblich Gedeckt
    8' Salicional
    8' Voix Celeste
    4' Lieblich Flote
    4' Gemshorn
    4' Echo Viola
    2' Harmonic Piccolo
    III Dulciana Cornet (2 2/3')
    8' Tuba Sonora (Fanfare)
    8' Cor Anglais
    8' Closed Horn
    8' Cremona
    Drum Roll
    Solo (Enclosed):
    16' Quintaton
    8' Harmonic Claribel
    8' Flute Celeste
    8' Violoncello
    8' Cello Celeste
    8' Salicional
    4' Concert Flute Harmonic
    2 2/3' Nazard Harmonique
    2' Harmonic Piccolo
    1 3/5' Tierce
    16' Schalmei
    8' Tuba (Fanfare)
    8' French Horn
    8' Corno di Bassetto
    8' Clarinet
    8' Orchestral Oboe
    Drum Tap
    64' Gravissima (Acoustic)
    32' Double Open Diapason (Ext.)
    32' Tibia Profunda (Ext.)
    32' Contra Bourdon Acoustic (Acoustic)
    32' Contra Violone (Swell)
    16' Open Diapason
    16' Tibia Profunda (Great)
    16' Great Bass
    16' Bourdon
    16' Lieblich Bourdon (Swell)
    16' Contra Bass (Great)
    16' Violone (Swell)
    16' Geigen (Great)
    16' Contra Salicional (Choir)
    16' String Bass (Orch.)
    10 2/3' Quint (Ext. Tibia)
    8' Prestant
    8' Principal (Ext. Diap.)
    8' Geigen Principal (Great)
    8' Flute Major (Ext. Gt. B.)
    8' Bass Flute
    8' Stopped Flute (Ext. Bourd.)
    8' Lieblich Bourdon (Swell)
    8' Violoncello (Swell)
    4' Super Octave (Ext. Diap.)
    4' Fifteenth
    4' Open Flute (Ext.)
    VI Grand Fourniture (II + Gt.)
    IV Fourniture (Great)
    32' Diaphone
    32' Double Ophicleide
    32' Contra Fagotto (Great)
    16' Tuba (Fanfare)
    16' Octave Diaphone (Ext.)
    16' Ophicleide (Ext.)
    16' Posaune (Bomb.)
    16' Trombone (Great)
    16' Bassoon (Swell)
    16' Schalmei (Solo)
    8' Tuba (Fanfare)
    8' Trumpet Victoria (Fanfare)
    8' Trumpet
    8' Bassoon (Swell)
    4' Clarion (Ext. Trump.)
    Bass Drum Tap
    Bass Drum Roll
    Side Drum Tap
    Side Drum Roll
    Bombarde (Floating, Enclosed with Solo)
    8' Grand Diapason
    4' Principal
    V-VI Grave Mixture (2 2/3' + Ext.)
    IV-V Fourniture (2')
    VI-VIII Grand Chorus (II + Ext.)
    16' Contra Posaune
    8' Posaune
    4' Clarion
    Fanfare (Floating):
    16' Tuba (Ext., on Solo chest)
    16' Sub Trumpet (TC, Ext.)
    8' Tuba Sonora (20\")
    8' Tuba (20\", on Solo chest)
    8' Trumpet Victoria (25\")
    4' Octave Sonora (Ext.)
    4' Tuba (Ext.)
    Orchestral (Floating, Enclosed):
    16' Contra Viola
    8' Tibia Clausa
    8' Viol d'Orchestre II
    8' Orchestral Strings II
    8' String Celeste II
    4' Octave Viola
    4' Orchestral Strings II (Ext.)
    3 1/5' Tiercana
    2 2/3' Quint Viola
    2' Violette
    Side Drum Tap
    Side Drum Roll
    [Received from Connor Annable 2011-08-27.]
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