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Hinners Organ Co. (1916)

Location:

St. Mary's R. C.
9108 Main Street
Saint Benedict (Seneca), KS 66538 US
Organ ID: 1263

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 17 ranks. 932 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 17 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
  • Slider Motors: Electric motors.
We received the most recent update for this division from Michael G Skoch MD on July 06, 2020.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 17
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 59
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 24, 2016:

Updated through online information from Charles Eberline.
An article by Elmer Ronnebaum, "Organ Recital: Anniversary Organ Recital to Be Held at St. Mary's Church," Sabetha (Kansas) Herald, May 25, 2016, 8A, announces a recital by Kevin Kissinger on June 5, 2016, to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the organ and includes a photograph of the keydesk and part of the facade.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 27, 2010:

Updated through on-line information from Elmer Ronnebaum. -- The organ is in regular use.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 26, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Michael A. Way. -- I do not differ with any of the database's information. My notes however do include a Trumpet 8' in the Swell. Not sure if that still exists, however; the organ was unplayable at the time of my visit (fall of 1975). When we arrived we were shown to the gallery and found a crude assemblage of unfinished 2x4's screwed right into the closed key-covers fashioned into a sort of shelf that we were told had held an electronic organ speaker of some sort. I removed the 4" long wood screws that attached this "shelf", defacing the oak desk-jambs and folding cover and opened the keydesk for the first time since the 50's or 60's reportedly. The priest with us gasped and exclaimed that he "...had no idea what was under there!" Not long after that I was told that a drive to restore the instrument was underway. I later was invited to attend the re-dedication recital in 1984 after Quimby's excellent restoration. The sound was delightful and warm, characteristic of Hinners' top-notch work of that period. I do not know if I can take any of the credit for spurring that clergyman, who was graciously escorting us that day, into action to revive the organ but, I like to think I did. (Note: My pictures also show two large floor-standing "angel" light fixtures that flanked the keydesk which do not appear in the church's web-site slide show.)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on September 23, 2006:

Updated through on-line information from Mark Wunder. -- This organ is still played ever week at Mass. It has good action for an older tracker.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1995

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Tubular pedal.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph from the church website; used with permission. Taken on 2008-12-28

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Michael Way. Taken on 1975-09-23

Casework detail and angel lamp: Photograph by Michael Way. Taken on 1975-09-23

Organ in rear loft: Photograph by Skoch Michael. Taken on 2020-07-05

Console: Photograph by Skoch Michael. Taken on 2020-07-05

Facade pipe detail: Photograph by Skoch Michael. Taken on 2020-07-05

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