Morton Organ Ohio
Theatre - Columbus, OH
Main Chamber - Top Level
are three levels of pipes and equipment in the Main Chamber. Many of
the additions to the organ can be found perched on the top level in the
Looking to the back of the chamber (toward the rear of the theater) is
the mostly wood
8' Tibia Minor rank. This rank was added in 1998 and is
one of the few ranks on 10" of wind pressure. Immediately in front of
it is the 8' Krumet rank. Also added in 1998, this is one of the few
non-Morton ranks in the organ.
Looking to the west wall of the chamber, we can see several
ranks of pipes.From
left to right, being held in place by red strings are some of the bass
pipes of the 8' Vox Celeste rank, then to the right with a
combination of wood and metal pipes is the 8' Flute Celeste.
Quite a few of the pipes of the 8' Vox Celeste rank are mitered. This
photo gives a
nice illustration of what these pipes, which sit in the front right
side of the chamber, look like. White was the string color of
choice for these pipes! In front of it is the 8' Unda Maris rank, one
ranks in the Main Chamber with 146 pipes.
Looking to the front of the chamber, we see the remainder
ranks on the top level. From left to right, 2' Mixture V (mounted in
the rack), 8' Vox Celeste rank (four rows of pipes with a pipe laying
and the 8' Quintadena rank (stopped metal on far right side).
a better look at the 2' Mixture V. A Mixture is something normally only
seen on classical or
organs. This was added in 1987 when the organ was rewired and also is
not of Morton vintage. The Roman numeral "V" indicates there are five
ranks of pipes in the Mixture. Therefore, pressing one key on the
manual or keyboard will play five pipes. Tuning the Mixture is a
tedious task. "It gives me a headache just thinking
about," according to CAPA Director of Maintenance Phil Hidy.