The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Martin's R.C. Church
Valley City, Ohio 44280

Chapel (former church)

OHS Database ID 1740.


This organ received OHS Citation number 381.

Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 24, 2019.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 18 stops. 939 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1963 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • On-line update from David W. Morris -- Organ is in wonderful condition and is used regularly for Weddings and funerals and other liturgies that are held in the chapel (former church). Was used regularly for all liturgical events until new, larger church was built a few years ago to be used for weekend liturgies and events requiring larger seating accomodations. (Database Manager. August 23, 2005)
  • Updated through online information from William M. Worden. -- Restored by Homer Blanchard c. 1960-65; tubular pedal action was dependent on a huge thin channelboard and was considered hopeless; replaced with electric action to pedal stops only. (Database Manager. February 18, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Don Daley. (Database Manager. July 14, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Connor Annable. (Database Manager. December 10, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from David Bohn. -- Blanchard electrified the originally tubular pneumatic pedal action, and built new chests for the three pedal ranks. (Database Manager. February 18, 2015)
  • Updated by Adam James, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Steve Dickson.

    From what I was told by Mr. Steve Dickson, the current caretaker of this beautiful instrument, this Odenbrett and Abler op.1881 is the only working one in existence. Although this organ is old, it plays loud and proud! (Thurlow Weed. July 24, 2019)

Online Documents

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  • Schnurr, Jr., Stephen J.. "St. Martin of Tours R.C. Church, Valley City," 2009 Organ Atlas: The City of Cleveland and Northern Ohio (pp. 200-205). [Photographs, stoplists]

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Rear gallery and organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-03-12
Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01
Chapel Exterior. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01
Keydesk and Pedalboard. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01
Right Drawknobs. Photograph by William T. Van Pelt 2008-05-01

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
    Saint Martin's R. C.;  Valley City, Ohio
    1881 Odenbrett & Abler
    (Stoplist Schnute 1997)
    16' Bourdon
    8' Diapason
    8' Melodia
    8' Viola di Gamba
    4' Octave
    4' Flute Harmonic
    2-2/3' Twelfth
    2' Fifteenth
    8' Trumpet
    8' Geigen Principal
    8' Stopped Diapason
    8' Violina
    4' Flute d'Amour
    4' Fugara
    8' Oboe & Bassoon
    16' Diapason
    16' Subbass
    8' Violoncello
    A fascinating article by Homer Blanchard, who restored it in 1962.  Evidently it was in bad shape.
  • Click Here Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.