as important are
the toe studs on the pedal board. The photo on the left shows the toe
studs on the left side of the console, the center photo shows the right
side toe studs and
levers, and the right photo is a close up of probably the two most
often used levers. Between everything are three expression pedals, one
for each chamber and the right pedal is for the crescendo.
either side of the front of the console is a drawer. The right drawer
used to hold the microphone when the organist gives announcements from
the bench. This is done during the Summer Movie Series and during organ
concerts. The left drawer has this interesting set of devices inside.
Similar to the rotating dials in the photo above, these dials also
allow for coupling of traps to certain stops. The solo harmonics allow
for different harmonic pitches to be selected, thus
giving different types sound. The harmonics selected were
after the pipe organ at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Click here for a closer look.
Here's a closer look at the various devices on
the right side next to
the manuals. The large on/off switch turns the blower on or off, the
knob below it is a dimmer switch for the lights on the console. The
three switches next to the knob turn the rail lights on or off, one
switch for each rail. The clock is important so the organist knows how
much time he or she has to fill before the next feature plays. Finally
the large unit is the programmable
memory which allows multiple levels of memory including programmable
crescendos. And of course, all good musicians keep a pencil handy to
make notes for themselves and we can see that one is present at the
a closer look at this photo.
something you don't
see too often and that's the back of an organ console. This is a view
of the console completely lowered into the pit. Originally the console
was fixed in place and therefore the back was not decorated. However
this was changed to allow the organ to be used more easily with the
symphony. Local Columbus organ builder Bunn=Minnick created the
decorated back for the console.
The wires at
the bottom are for the
organ's electric action (at right), standard 120 volts AC, microphone
wire, and other electrical gear. Here's
a closer look at the back.
the blower has
nothing to do with the console except for the fact that the blower
switch is on the console. This is the original Spencer 25 HP
which, even with all of the additions to the organ, still provides more
than enough air to fully power the instrument. The blower sits in a
small room below stage level on the same side of the theater as the
console. It was was reconditioned in 2004.