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Village Congregational Church
32 Main St.
Cummington, Massachusetts 01026

OHS Database ID 5805.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 8, 2019.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 16 stops. 17 registers. 16 ranks. 884 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • The original builder was Pomplitz & Co. (ca. 1875, Opus 214). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Status Note: There 1979 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From Trinity Episcopal, Staunton, VA. Moved here and altered by Emmons Howard in 1903. Restored Czelusniak et Dugal 1979, 2-16. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)

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  • Typed Stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from a brochure created by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. in April/May 1981
    Cummington, Massachusetts
    Village Congregational Church
    
    POMPLITZ & CO., No. 214, ca. 1875
    Emmons Howard, 1903 - Relocation, Alteration, and Installation
    Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc., 1979-80 - Restoration
    
    
    GREAT                                        COUPLERS (Drawknob)
       8'     Open Diapason             61          Swell to Pedal
       8'     Melodia                   61          Great to Pedal
       8'     Dulciana                  61
       4'     Fugara                    61          Swell to Great
       4'     Rohrflute                 61
       2-2/3' Twelfth                   61
       2'     Fifteenth                 61       FOOT TRUNDLES
                                                    Great Forte - 
    
    SWELL (Expressive)                              Great Piano -
       8'     Geigen Principal          61
       8'     Stopped Diapason    (tc)  49
       8'     Stopped Bass              12       PEDAL MOVEMENTS
       8'     Aeoline             (tc)  49          Swell Expression             (bal.)
       8'     Dolce               (tc)  49
       4'     Harmonic Flute            61
       2'     Flageolet                 61
       8'     Oboe                      61
              Tremolo   [general]
                                                 ACTION: Mech. Key & Stop
    
    PEDAL                                        VOICES: 16         STOPS: 17
       16'    Bourdon                   27
       8'     Cello                     27       RANKS: 16          PIPES: 884
    
    
    NOTES
    The organ is free-standing and encased in the front, left corner of the sanctuary.
    The 3-sectional front façade contains 17 gold-painted pipes arranged: 3-11-3. The
    right-side façade contains 5 pipes. There had originally been a left-side casework
    with a matching 5-pipe facade, but this was removed when the organ was installed
    in Cummington. The keydesk is attached and projecting with a lid that lifts to form
    a music rack. The stops are as drawknobs in terraced jambs on either side of the
    manuals. The casework is of black walnut.
    
    The Pomplitz was previously located at Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church in
    Staunton, Virginia in 1881 – and notes in preserved vestry minutes seem to indicate
    that it may not have been new at the time it was installed. They contracted with
    Emmons Howard for a new organ in 1902, and a $1,000.00 credit was allowed by Howard
    for trade-in value (a previous $900.00 offer was refused by the vestry). The Pomplitz
    was installed in Cummington by Howard in the spring of 1903 with casework alterations.
    The organ was a gift of Worcester Reed and Cornelia Blakemore Warner of Cleveland,
    Ohio. The church was required by Emmons Howard to prepare the space for the organ
    which necessitated the removal of both side galleries and two stoves for heating.
    
    A ¾ h.p. Spencer blower was added ca. 1930 by Joseph W. Smith of Boylston, Massachusetts.
    In 1951, the church interior was redecorated which included removing walnut 'frills' and
    finials from the casework of the organ. The original oil lamps were also displaced. The
    case and façade pipes were painted and continued to collect new coats over the years.
    Chimes playable from their own keyboard were added in 1968.
    
    The 1979 work by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. was restorative with all pipework
    being cleaned, refinished, and set back on proper speech without revoicing. The double-
    rise reservoir was restored but the feeders were removed. Several capped metal bass
    pipes on the Great 8' Dulciana were replaced with suitable full-length open pipes to
    reduce the Quintadena-like tone. All previously stopped metal basses received new caps
    (not stoppers). The oboe was rebuilt by lengthening it slightly, and adjusting the
    voicing to maintain the original timbre. The wind pressure was reduced from 3” to 2-7/8”
    in order to facilitate lowering the pitch of the organ to A=440 without re-scaling the
    pipework. The chimes added in 1968 were detached from the Pomplitz case and provided
    with their own matching pine and walnut pedestal which sits adjacent to the organ case.
    
    The organ was re-dedicated on Sunday, June 17, 1979 as a part of the Bicentennial Cele-
    bration of the Town of Cummington. The Swell 8' Oboe was not yet available and the tonal
    regulation and finishing had not yet been accomplished. The organ was fully completed
    early in 1980. The inaugural recital was given by Thomas Murray on Sunday, May 17, 1981.
    
    Sources: A brochure prepared by Messs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. in April & May of
             1981 as a gift to the church.
    
    
    Village Congregational Church
    32 Main St.
    Cummington, MA. 01026 
  • Click Here Typed Stoplist from James R. Stettner. Source: Stoplist copied from a brochure created by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. in April/May 1981 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.