Hinners Organ Company, Pekin, Illinois (1919)
ID No. 23782
Status and Condition
Fully operational and used weekly during Sunday Worship.
Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.
Two manuals. 3 divisions. 16 stops. 10 registers. 10 ranks. 567 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.
The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.
Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
Hinners Organ, 1919 Stoplist and Description Swell Great Pedal Violin Diapason 8' Open Diapason 8' Bourdon 16' Stopped Diapason 8' Melodia 8' Lieblich Gedackt 16' Oboe (reedless) 8' Dulciana 8' Echo Salicional 8' Principal 4' Flute Harmonique 4' Couplers: Great to Pedal; Swell to Pedal; Swell to Great; Swell Octave (4') to Great Two combination levers for the feet: mp and 'full organ' Tremulant Slider chests with mechanically operated pallets. Offsets and the Pedal Bourdon 16' are pneumatic. Speaking stops controlled by drawknobs on terraced jambs. Couplers and tremulant controls are drawknobs above the top manual. A large arch pierces the front wall of the sanctuary which is filled with the console and woodwork to the floor below the impost, above which approximately 12 façade pipes from the Great Open Diapason 8' and twelve from the Principal 4' among other 'dummies' and a high row of 'canisters' to complete the enclosure of the arch. Behind the façade is a room approximately 7' x 24' housing the action, chests, and pipes. The Swell enclosure contains pipes only up to four feet in length. The Oboe begins at tenor C, the bottom octave of the Echo Salicional has stopped metal pipes, and the bottom octave of the Violin Diapason is offset outside the swell box The Pedal Lieblich Gedackt 16' uses the same pipes as the Bourdon 16' on reduced wind. This instrument is in regular use. A multi-staged restoration is being done by the Berghaus Organ Company. Stage one was completed in 2005, when it was thoroughly cleaned and inspected; damaged or missing key coverings were replaced, the original wind pressure was restored, action repairs to correct dead notes were accomplished, and a thorough tuning at the original pitch (435) was completed. The pedal and off-set blast actions have also been releathered. Future restorative stages will include repacking the stoppers of the Bourdon and Stopped Diapason and bottom octaves of the Echo Salicional and Melodia, and releathering the reservoir. At present, the reservoir has its original, nearly 100-year-old leather, including the leather on the feeder bellows for hand pumping -- still functional, though long since having fallen into disuse because of the addition of an electric motor driven-blower. The leather seems brittle, but has never leaked. A combination of conservative maintenance and some 'benign neglect' have conspired to preserve this instrument in remarkably excellent condition.