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Union City Methodist Church
Oak & Plum Street
Union City, Indiana 47390

OHS Database ID 48649.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition January 10, 2013.


Technical Details

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 11 stops. 20 registers. 12 ranks. 842 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Jeff Scofield. (Database Manager. August 25, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Timothy E. Conyers. -- This organ is a rebuild and of an older instrument built by Salem Church Organ Company of Salem, Ohio. The original instrument was the first pipe organ built in Randolph County, Indiana. It was installed in the congregation's second building. In 1909 it was moved into the current building with no alterations being made. There was a water powered motor which was later removed at an unknown date and an electric motor installed.

    In 1948 the organ was rebuilt by Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, with the majority of pipework from 1897 being reused due to material shortages following World War II. Records indicate little revoicing of existing ranks occurred, thus the original instrument has been preserved. A few additions were made, most notable are a Deagan class D chime of 21 tubular bells; a 49 note set of Harps; and a Gemshorn 16' rank of pipes in the pedal division. A tower broadcasting system was also added which allowed the chimes and/or the organ to be heard from the bell tower. (Note: This broadcasting system was removed sometime after 1995).

    During the organ rebuild, the pipes were removed from the pulpit area and into new chambers built in the old balcony area on the right side of the nave. A decorative screen was designed to cover the chambers. Both chambers are under expression. A new detached console was placed on the right front side of the newly designed chancel area. The console is stationary and cannot be moved due to the platform railing, a wall and the platform itself encircling the console. A small opening in the railing allows access to the console.

    The new location of the pipe chambers made it difficult for the choir to hear the organ in the newly created chancel apse. The apse had been the former organ chamber. The new divided chancel choir arrangement placed most of the choir further into the apse where the organ was not heard due to walls separating the choir and organ sound. The distance from the pipes was also an issue. It was necessary to place a microphone in each chamber and amply the sound over speakers hidden in the chancel. This resulted in the instrument being amplified throughout the sanctuary, a much needed improvement due to the deep chambers. (Note: This amplification system was removed sometime after 1995 when there was no longer a choir and the divided choir stalls where removed. As a result the entire instrument is much quieter than previously even with all the stops pulled).

    For many years the Harp Celeste and Harp Vibrato was unplayable. In the early 1990's the system was "restored" to playable condition.

    Historical research complied by Timothy E. Conyers, former organist, for a recital he gave in 1992. Sources: church records, Schantz Organ Co. records and old newspaper articles. (Database Manager. September 17, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Timothy E., Conyers. -- There are a total of nine thumb pistons, three for each manual and three general. There is a Great to Pedal 8ft reversible toe stud; a Sforzando reversible toe stud; Balanced Swell pedal; Balanced Great pedal and a Crescendo pedal. (Database Manager. January 10, 2013)

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Photographs

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Church Exterior. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01
Resurrection Stained Glass Window. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01
Good Shepherd Stained Glass Window. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01
Christ in the Garden Stained Glass Window. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01
Grill covering pipe chambers. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01
Chancel. Photograph by Timothy E. Conyers 2014-07-01

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist taken from console December 27, 1992
    Union City, Indiana
    Union City Methodist Church (Wesley United Methodist)
    
    Schantz Organ Co., Opus 39, 1948
    
    GREAT            
    
    8 Open Diapason           
    8 Melodia
    8 Dulciana
    4 Octave
    Mixture II
    Tremulant
    Chimes 
    Great 16
    Great 4
    Swell to Great 16          
    Swell to Great 8
    Swell to Great 4
    Great Unison Off
    
    
    SWELL
    
    16 Bourdon
    8  Diapason 
    8  Stopped Diapason
    8  Salicional
    8  Vox Celeste
    4  Flute D' Amour
    2 2/3 Nazard
    2  Flautino
    8  Flugel Horn
    Harp Celeste
    Harp Vibrato
    Tremulant
    Swell 16
    Swell 4
    Swell Unison Off
    
     
    PEDAL
    
    16 Gemshorn
    16 Lieblich Gedeckt
    8  Principal
    8  Dulce Flute
    5 1/3  Quinte
    4  Flute
    Great to Pedal 8
    Swell to Pedal 8
    Great to Pedal 4
    
    
    SPECIFICATIONS
    
    Deagan class D chimes of 21 tubular bells
    49 note set of Harps
    Electro-pneumatic action
    7 1/2 inch wind pressure
    Great chamber under expression
    Swell chamber under expression
    Manual compass CC to C4 of 61 notes
    Pedal compass CCC to G of 32 notes
    AGO Standard radiating pedalboard
    Detached stationary console on right side of platform
    Organ chambers located behind decorative screen on right 
      upper side of sanctuary in remodeled old balcony space.
    Thumb conbination pistons below each manual - hold & set method
    Tower broadcasting system (removed sometime after 1995)
    
    ADDITIONAL NOTES
       This organ is buried in chambers in the upper right side of sanctuary nave and at a distance from the choir.  
    A microphone was placed at the front of each chamber so that the sound could be amplified into the chancel choir area. It resulted in the instrument being amplified throughout the sanctuary.  This was removed sometime after 1995 when a new sound system was installed; as a result the organ sounds much quieter than previously even when played at full volume.
    
    
    
    
    
     [Received from Timothy E. Conyers 2012-09-11.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from console December 27, 1992 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.