OHS Database ID 5805.
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.
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.
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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