The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Congregational Church
Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

OHS Database ID 6708.

Awards

OHS Convention Organ, 2015.


Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 30, 2015.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) pitman chests.

Three manuals. 36 stops. 50 registers. 42 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons.

Notes

  • First organ from Methuen shop. Electrification & rebuild of Church's previous 1888 Johnson & Son Op. 718. [Church also had 1856 Johnson Op. 57 (3-35reg) which burned in 1877, then 1878 Johnson Op. 508 (3m).] (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • The new organ, funded by Mrs. Arthur Curtiss James in memory of her father, Sydenham Clark Parsons, was dedicated by Virgil Fox, with great publicity. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Bill Czelusniak. -- During a full tuning of this instrument in June 2015, in preparation for the OHS convention, we noted a signature "carved" into one expression shade in the Choir division: "A. Mickey Cicala / June 30, 1937 / Finish" (Database Manager. July 30, 2015)

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Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2014-01-20
Chancel and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2014-01-20
Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2014-01-20
Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1930s)

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from Dedication Program, via Jonathan Bowen
    Northampton, Massachusetts
    First Church, Congregational
    
    Ernest M. Skinner & Son Organ Co.  Opus 507  1936  3 manuals, 52 stops, 42 ranks
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                               SWELL ORGAN
         16' Diapason            61 *              16' Bourdon             73 *
          8' First Diapason      61                 8' Diapason            73 *
          8' Second Diapason     61 *               8' Salicional          73
          8' Principal Flute     61                 8' Voix Celeste        73
          8' Erzähler            61                 8' Gedackt             73 *
          4' Octave              61 *               8' Flauto Dolce        73
          4' Flute [harmonic]    61 *               8' Flute Celeste (tc)  61
      2 2/3' Twelfth             61 *               4' Violina             73 *
          2' Fifteenth           61 *               4' Flute [harmonic]    73
         IV  Mixture            244                IV  Mixture            244
          8' Trumpet             61                16' English Horn        73
             Chimes              25 tubes           8' Cornopean           73
                                                    8' Flugel Horn         73
             CHOIR ORGAN                            8' Vox Humana          73
         16' Gemshorn            73                    Tremolo
          8' Diapason            73 *
          8' Concert Flute       73 *                  PEDAL ORGAN
          8' Gemshorn (ext)      12                32' Diapason (resultant)--
          8' Kleine Erzähler     73                16' Diapason            32 *
          4' Flute [d'Amour]     73                16' Bourdon             32 *
      2 2/3' Nazard              61 *              16' Gemshorn            CH *
          2' Piccolo [harmonic]  61                16' Echo Lieblich       SW
          8' Clarinet            73                 8' Octave (ext)        12
             Tremolo                                8' Gedackt (ext)       12
             Harp                                   8' Gemshorn            CH
             Celesta                                8' Still Gedackt       SW
                                                5 1/3' Quinte              CH
                                                    4' Fifteenth           CH
                                                    8' Still Gedeckt       SW
                                                    4' Super Octave        12
                                                   32' Fagotto             32
                                                   16' Fagotto (ext)       12
                                                    8' Fagotto (ext)       12
                                                       Chimes              GT
    
    * ranks retained and extended from the preceding 1889 Johnson & Son organ
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2015-06-10]
    
    
  • Click Here Stoplist from Dedication Program, via Jonathan Bowen Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.