OFFICE FOR CHURCH MUSIC
IN THE EPISCOPAL SEAT
Cath. parish office
Church Curator Striebel
Reference: Cath. parish church foundation "St. Martin" in Batzenhofen
here: Organ in the parish church
Reference: Local meeting on 28.2.1986
Dear Mr. Striebel!
According to your wish I examined in the morning of 28.2.1986 the organ
in your parish church. It is a cone valve chest instrument with
pneumatic action, build as opus 58 around 1919 by the organ building
shop of Julius Schwarzbauer, Mindelheim.
The disposition is as follows:
Normal couplers, Super octave couplers II-I, Sub octave couplers II-I
Buttons: Piano pedal, release; piano, Mezzoforte (m.h.), forte,
The organ is regarding conception, construction, choice of materials,
workmanship realization and sound completely insufficient.
The individual stops are that badly intonated that
the organ almost must be called unplayable; also the
tonal allocation of the stops to each other and their mixture
is insufficient. The wind supply is bad and the
work therefore very gust. The wind chests of the manual works are set
vertically; thus a very deep organ casing results and the
sound radiation is very handicapped. The swelling
box of the second manual work has jalousies only in the
pitched roof, can be moved only minimum and closed not at all:
a faulty construction. Key and stop actions are designed bad
and show many malfunctions. With a couple
of tones the actions cause unpleasant blowing noises,
e.g. in 1st manual with Fs and fs'', in 2nd manual with a and
e' , in pedal with C, E and b. Some tones do not work at all,
e.g. in Bourdon 16' C and Cs, in Salicional 8' F, in Violin bass
8' (and therefore also in Cello 8') c. In the manual couplers H does
come only heavily, in the pedals couplers I Fs not at all (it blows only).
Is the stop Bourdon 16' pulled, sometimes unpleasant
blowing arises within the console. In addition when pulling
Bourdon 16' the tone of b'' of Lieblich gedekt 8' of the second manual
howls. In second manual b'' howls generally. In Principal 8' E howls
sometimes. The pedal couplers can be switched on, but
only with difficulty be switched off. Die wind machine (together with the
bellows) is located in the attic; it is a complete out-of-date low-speed
engine with air outlet at the top. The manual works are somewhat
dirty, the pedal work and the ground very much. The work got slightly
attacked by woodworms.
Because of the fundamental imperfections mentioned, you should
not invest in the instrument any longer, but have your eyes on
the investment in a new organ appropriate to the room.
If you should have further questions, I am available
Translated to the best of knowledge and belief by Franz X. Koehler