Forreston, Illinois
Forreston Reformed Church

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'
Fl�te Harmonique 4'

Great to Pedal; Swell to Pedal; Swell to Great; Swell Octave (4') to Great

Two combination levers for the feet: mp and 'full organ'


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.  Within the next few months 
the pedal and off-set blast actions will be 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, 87-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. 

[Received on-line from Davis Folkerts, June 6, 2006.]
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