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Mechanics Hall
321 Main St.
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

OHS Database ID 6277.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 5, 1975-08-27.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 28, 2014.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical action with pneumatic assist [Barker levers or some similar device]. Mechanical stop action.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 52 stops. 52 registers. 64 ranks. 3504 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1995 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored & retrackerized Noack 1982. OH 1983. OHS Historic Organs Citation, re-awarded 27 Jun 1983 after restoration. Materials from Hook & Hastings Op. 371, (1865) from First A. M. E., Boston, MA used in restoration. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- Impetus for the organ came from a $1000 donation by Ichabod Washburn in 1863. Organ opened in October 1864 by J.H. Willcox. Organ repitched by George s. Hutchings in 1889. Extensive work done by Hook & Hastings in 1914 before the organ was electrified on its original chests a decade later. Restored/retrackerized by the Noack firm in 1982 as their opus 92. Rededicated September, 1982. This is the only extant, mechanical action, IV-man. Hook. (Database Manager. July 6, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Russ Nyland. -- Rededication 10/2014 (Database Manager. March 28, 2014)

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • Mechanics Hall, Worcester (Massachusetts), USA
    1864 E & G G Hook, Op. 334
    (Stoplist: web page for Worcester AGO, 1998)
    
    I Choir (C-a3, 58)
    
        Aeolina & Bourdon           16
        Open Diapason                8
        Melodia                      8
        Keraulophon                  8
        Dulciana                     8
        Flauto Traverso              4
        Violin                       4
        Picolo                       2
        Mixture                    III
        Clarinet                     8
    
    II Great (C-a3, 58
    
        Open Diapason               16
        Open Diapason                8
        Stopped Diapason             8
        Viola da Gamba               8
        Claribella                   8
        Principal                    4
        Flute Harmonique             4
        Twelfth                      2 2/3
        Fifteenth                    2
        Mixture                    III
        Mixture                      V
        Trumpet                     16
        Trumpet                      8
        Clarion                      4
    
    III Swell (C-a3, 58)
    
        Bourdon                     16
        Open Diapason                8
        Stopped Diapason             8
        Viol d'Amour                 8
        Principal                    4
        Flute Octaviante             4
        Violin                       4
        Twelfth                      2 2/3
        Fifteenth                    2
        Mixture                      V
        Trumpet                     16
        Cornopean                    8
        Oboe                         8
        Clarion                      4
        Vox Humana                   8
    
    IV Solo (C-a3, 58)
    
        Philomela                    8
        Salicional                   8
        Hohl Pfeife                  4
        Picolo                       2
        Tuba                         8
        Corno Inglese                8
    
    Pedale (C-f1, 30)
    
        Open Diapason               16
        Violone                     16
        Bourdon                     16
        Quinte                      10 2/3
        Violoncello                  8
        Flute                        8
        Posaune                     16
    
    Couplers
    
        Swell to Great               8
        Swell to Choir               8
        Choir to Great               8
        Solo to Great                8
        Choir to Solo                8
        Great to Pedale              8
        Choir to Pedale           8, 4
        Swell to Pedale              8
        Solo to Pedale               8
    
    
    Combination pedals
    
        Piano Swell
        Forte Swell
        Great to Pedale (reversible)
        Pedale (brings on Diapason 16' and Pedale II stops' controls)
        Piano Great
        Forte Great
        Piano Choir
        Forte Choir
    
    Accessories
    
        Swell tremulant
        Bellows signal (not used)
        Pedale Check
        Ventil 4 (Open Diapason 16')
        Ventil 2 (Pedale II chest)
    
    
    
    Wind supply 
      Power:                One large reservoir bellows each for high and low pressures.
      Pressures (mm):       Pedale and Solo: 89; rest 76
    
    History:                Restored in 1982 by Noack as opus 92, Barker lever added
    
    Bibliography:           The Historical Organ in America, Lynn Edwards, ed, The Westfield Center, 1992
    
    
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.