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First Baptist Church
110 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

OHS Database ID 41057.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 13, 2014.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 47 stops. 49 registers. 56 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Jeffrey H. Smith. -- Mechanical changes to existing E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings organ, with no tonal changes. Trackers and original console replaced with electrified action (Database Manager. May 28, 2009)
  • {Manager's Note: -- See Mr. Smith's note on the name change for the building in the linked entry for Brattle Square Society.] (James Cook. May 30, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Stefan Weist. -- Condition found in 2006: Tuba 16-8-4 and Echo stoptabs prepared for in console, but pipes not existant. Considerable contamination in pipework due to plaster and dust from ceiling. Bombarde in Pedal silent due to heavy damage. (Database Manager. March 13, 2014)

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Stoplist

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  • typed stoplist. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (January 1966)
    Boston, Massachusetts
    First Baptist Church
    
    William W. Laws   1927                      4 manuals, 47 stops, 56 ranks
    Electrification of E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings (1873, Op. 727)
    _________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                          SWELL ORGAN
         16' Open Diapason       61           16' Bourdon Bass        12
          8' Open Diapason       61           16' Bourdon (TC)        49
          8' Gamba               61            8' Open Diapason       61
          8' Dulciana            61            8' Stopped Diapason    61
          8' Doppel Flute        61            8' Salicional          61
          8' Melodia             61            8' Vox Celeste         61
          4' Octave              61            8' ├ćoline              61
          4' Night Horn          61            8' Quintadena          61
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61            4' Octave              61
          2' Fifteenth           61            4' Harmonic Flute      61
             Mixture V          305            2' Flautino            61
             Mixture III        183        1 1/7' Seventh             61
         16' Tuba (TC)           -- *             Mixture IV         244
          8' Trumpet             61           16' Posaune (TC)        49
          8' Tuba                -- *          8' Cornopean           61
          4' Clarion             -- *          8' Oboe                61
                                               8' Vox Humana          61
             CHOIR ORGAN                          Tremolo
         16' String Gamba        61
          8' Open Diapason       61               PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Dulciana            61           32' Resultant           --
          8' Unda Maris (TC?)    49           16' Open Diapason       32
          8' Gedeckt             61           16' Bourdon             32
          4' Flauto Traverso     61       10 2/3' Quint               32
          4' Octave              61            8' Major Flute         32
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61            8' Violoncello         32
          2' Piccolo             61            8' Viola               32
          8' Clarinet            61            4' Flute               32
             Tremolo                          16' Bombarde            32
                                              16' Tuba (Gt)           -- *
                                               8' Tuba (Gt)           -- *
                                               4' Clarion (Gt)        -- *
    
          *  prepared in console
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-11-27]
    
    
  • Click Here typed stoplist. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (January 1966) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.