The Pomplitz organ was featured at the 1964 OHS convention when some remedial work was carried out to make it playable. OHS members replaced felt and leather nuts in the action. The double fold reservoir was cut down to single rise and releathered. Paper stop faces were inserted to replace the missing inserts. When the organ was inspected in 1976, it was very dirty. A onetime employee of Lewis & Hitchcock, the late Larry Ramberg, served as organist for the church from 1976 to 1984. Charity work that kept the organ playing included cleaning the organ and putting tuning slides on the pipes damaged from years of cone tuning. At a later time, the Pedal 8ʹ Open Diapason pipes was returned to the organ from storage in the tower. It is played regularly for church services, though other keyboard instruments in the gallery are also used.
The Roosevelt-style wheel and feeder bellows remain with the organ but are not functional. The tremolo was removed, perhaps for repair, in 1993 and is missing; its stop mechanism is disconnected. The case is walnut but has been painted a cream color with wood graining on the panels. The drawknobs, attached to square shanks, are elegantly turned, with ivory color discs engraved with the stop names inserted in the face of the knob (many are missing). These are arrayed in two vertical rows, diagonally offset from each other, to either side of the keyboards and music desk. The keydesk is recessed into the case and the Swell keys do not overhang the Great. A set of sliding doors encloses the keyboards. The keyboards do not overhang the pedal keys, which are aligned in a manner sure to confound a modern organist unfamiliar with the arrangement. The original hitch-down swell lever is to the right of the pedalboard. -- 2011 OHS Atlas
Updated by David Storey
I don\'t know where this notion that I am restoring or have restored this organ came from. I have never worked on this organ and am quite unfamiliar with it. - David Storey
Undergoing renovation by David Storey in 2001. Reinstalled the 8' open wood pedal pipes (original windchest and action were still there).