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Schantz Organ Co. (Opus 2161, 2000)

Originally Hill, Norman & Beard (1929)

Location:

Melbourne Town Hall
Swanston and Collins Streets
Melbourne, 11 AU
Auditorium of Melbourne Town Hall
Organ ID: 46550

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original 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: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 147 ranks. 9,556 pipes. 9 divisions. 4 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 9
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 31, 2011:

Updated through online information from Eric J. Gastier.

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

Database Manager on March 06, 2010:

Identified through on-line information from Eric J. Gastier. -- This instrument has two consoles. The case console is a rebuilding of the 1929 Hill, Norman & Beard console. The new Schantz console is movable and is located at main hall floor level. All stops are available both consoles. Reconstruction and relocation of the Echo organ has been prepared for in the main organ chambers. Roughly 2/3 of the organ's pipework, the facade and grilles, and the case console are from the 1929 Hill, Norman & Beard organ,

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

Instrument Images:

Organ Case, Facade and Console: Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001).

Mobile Console: Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001).

Pipework (Choir Organ): Schantz Organ Company archives, courtesy of Eric J. Gastier (2001).

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