House of the Temple Schantz Organ Specifications
|Great Organ||Swell Organ||Pedal Organ|
|8’ Principal||8’ Gedackt||16’ Bourdon|
|8’ Rohrflote||8’ Viola||16’ Gedackt|
|8’ Viola||8’ Viola Celeste||10-2/3’ Quint|
|8’ Viola Celeste||4’ Principal||8’ Octave|
|4’ Octave||4’ Koppelflote||8’ Bourdon|
|4’ Flote||2-2/3’ Nazard||8’ Gedackt|
|2’ Super Octave||2’ Koppelflote||4’ Choralbass|
|IV Fourniture||1-3/5’ Tierce||4’ Bourdon|
|8’ Trompette||III Scharf||4’Choralbass|
|Tremulant||8’ Oboe||16’ Contre Trompette|
|Festival Trumpet||Harp||8’ Festival Trumpet|
Schantz Organ CompanyIn 1873 A. J. Schantz founded the Schantz Organ Company in Orrville, Ohio. It has the distinction of being the largest and oldest American pipe organ builder managed by the founding family. A. J. Schantz originally built small parlor organs more commonly referred to as reed organs and he used his musical and creative genius to expand into pipe organ construction. The company expanded in the early 20th century to include his sons, and the quality of their instruments helped them successfully expand in the Ohio region. The third generation excelled in the skills of their trade and eventually took over management of the company. These family managers expanded the company and developed the national reputation they have today. The work continues with the fourth generation of the Schantz family and includes projects ranging from restoration of existing instruments to the construction of entirely new pipe organs, and in size from modest organs of a few ranks of pipes, to complex designs for some of the largest churches, cathedrals, and public spaces in the world.
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The text of this article originally appeared in the May/June 2016 issue of the Scottish Rite Journal—available online and via the free app for Apple and Android devices, just visit your preferred app store and search “Scottish Rite Journal.” Photography: (Organ pipes, mechanics, & keys) Elizabeth A. W. McCarthy; (Full organ console) Bro. Arthur W. Pierson, Pierson Photography
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