The new console at Main Street Christian Church, Rushville, INThe new console at Main Street Christian Church, Rushville, INThroughout the generations, Main Street Christian has also prized their instrument.  They have been fortunate to have organists over the years that recoginzed the importance of organ music in Main Street's worship experience, including Janet Mauzy, who served from 1937 until her retirement in 1991.  Marvin Rees serves as organist today, and is himself dedicated to the organ in worship, and to preserving Main Street's artistic treasure.

 

As with many instruments, this organ has evolved over the decades.  During the 1960s, it was rebuilt as an electropneumatic organ, and moved from its original position in the sanctuary during a remodeling of the room. Easter in the 1950s, before the organ was electrified and rebuilt.Easter in the 1950s, before the organ was electrified and rebuilt.

 

The previous console had many serious problems, including very poor wiring.The previous console had many serious problems, including very poor wiring.When we began servicing the organ several years ago, we provided the church with a plan for the organ - a roadmap that would lead to its renewal and preservation.  The first necessary step in this process was a new console.  Last year, Main Street Christian's Trustees asked for a proposal, and voted to proceed with replacement of the console and control system.

 

During this project, we have installed a console built of quarter-sawn oak.  The church made the environmentally sensitive and economically sensible decision to allow us to completely refurbish and refit a reclaimed console cabinet for the organ.  The console has new keyboards, stop controls, and interior fitments.  The control system for the organ is a Peterson ICS4000 system, which provides many new possibilities for the organ including greatly enhanced memory, full MIDI interface, and a record/playback system.  The console also has interior trim elements that are reminiscent of the late nineteenth-century.

 The clean and neat interior of the new console.  The organ now has 100 times as much memory as before.The clean and neat interior of the new console. The organ now has 100 times as much memory as before.

This project also included several other improvements to the venerable Hook & Hastings organ including the addition of a vintage 8' English Horn stop, revoicing of the 16' Bassoon in the Pedal (a stop added in the 1960s), new expression shade operator, and Great Tremolo.  We also incorporated a previously-installed digital voice extension system, providing a new amplification system and custom speaker system built in our shop.  We repurposed this system to provide addition color that enhances the sound of the existing organ.  This system is installed in a manner that makes it "invisible" to the organist.  The digital stops function in exactly the same manner as the pipe stops.

 

The new console at Main Street Christian is a great first step in preserving this voice that has been a part of worship in Rushville IN for well over a century.  Soli Deo Gloria!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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