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Wilhelm [William] Metz (Opus 1, 1845)

Exhibited in the 1979 OHS convention

Location:

St. Stanislaus Jesuit Museum
700 Howdershell Rd.
Florissant, MO 63031 US
Organ ID: 4870

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Museums
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on August 13, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 4 ranks. 199 pipes. 1 manuals. 4 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 4
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on August 13, 2021:

"Still hand pumped, its double-rise reservoir with single feeder is intact. There is no electric wind supply. The organ was renovated by James Warner in 1979." -- 1979 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on August 13, 2021.

Database Manager on May 07, 2018:
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on September 15, 2014:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- According to Petering, 1979, "the one known Metz organ, a small one-manual, four-rank instrument, which had been located in the basement of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in St. Louis, and since moved to the Jesuit Museum at St. Stanislaus Seminary in north St. Louis County, is marked with the date December 1845, and is identified as 'Op. 1'. This instrument has features that are similar to the early building practices of Pfeffer. Often a separate unison bass stop provided the lowest octave for all the 8' stops of a small organ. In this example, as well as many of those built by Pfeffer, the two 8' stops, Gedackt and Gumba [sic], share the lowest octave by channeling instead of by a unison bass stop. As was also done by Pfeffer, the 2' Octave is voiced much louder than the 4' Principal. There is a characteristic four-leaf clover design cut out of the support for the key desk which is found in so many of Pfeffer's organs. Thus there are some ties between these two builders."

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 1998

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

OHS Historic Organs presented 1997 (authorized earlier, but plaque misplaced). In basement of St. Joseph's R. C., Biddle St., St. Louis many years. Original location not certain. Restored c. 1980 by James Warner.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1979 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published June 1979
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on August 13, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ case before restoration: Photograph from an archival source: 1979 OHS Handbook; Photo by Peter Pull, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1979

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