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Hinners Organ Co. (1914)

Location:

Marilla United Methodist Church
1910 Two Rod Road
Marilla, NY 14102 US
Organ ID: 54929

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered 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: Slider, Information unknown or not applicable
  • 7 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 7 stops. 7 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.

Pedal:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by Hinners Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 7
  • Registers: 7
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.
Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022:

From the church website: "Pipe Organ History There was no organ in the church built on the present site in 1854. Mr. Copeland Carpenter could be seen each Sunday morning walking from his house on Bullis Road carrying a small melodeon on his back, which contained the instrument his daughter played hymns on for many years. Through the influence of Rev. J.B. Harry, who served the church from 1912 – 1914, an organ fund was started. A loft was added to the church and our present organ was purchased and installed in 1915. This organ was the last one made by the bankrupt Hinner Organ Company in Pekin, Illinois and required someone to pump the bellows for it to be operated. < snip >

Electricity came to Marilla around 1920 and soon after this the organ was electrified. [ed. an electric blower was added. The action remains mechanical]. In 1954 extensive repairs were needed to worn parts, so additional funds were sought for the organ fund. At this time the choir members gave minstrel shows to help raise the amount needed and the repairs were made. Also, at this time the chimes were added as a result of their efforts.

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Major repairs were made to the organ in 1973 by the Schlicker Organ company. In 2007 the bellows were replaced by Niagara Organ Works. Also at this time the hand pump system was restored to working condition and can be used as a backup system (It was tried by several youths and a few adults and proves to be a very good exercise).

In April 2015, the organ had extensive repair work done by Heritage Pipe Organ Works, West Valley, NY to restore the pedals to working condition. The congregation raised the monies needed to restore the Pipe Organ, since our Organ Fund had been depleted. A free will offering will be taken at our Pipe Organ Anniversary Music Concert.

We are very blessed to have this symbol of the faithful service of those who have gone before us and it is to be hoped that future generations will give the organ the same loving care it has received in the past."

~ Information was compiled by Gladys B. York in September 1983 and by Kim Mitton and Doni Young in 2015. ~

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.

Database Manager on April 17, 2015:

This entry describes the first installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Eric Miller, based on personal knowledge of the organ. Verified by the Hinners opus list.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on June 21, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Eric Miller. Taken on 2015-04-06

Chancel, Organ Case, and Chimes: Photograph by Eric Miller. Taken on 2015-04-06

Organ case at the front: Photograph from an archival source: Church archives via church website, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1915

Organ in front: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-01-31

Organ in front: Photograph from an archival source: Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2021-11-28

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