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First Church of Christ, Scientist - Extension
210 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

OHS Database ID 9767.

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Status and Condition

The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 17, 2015.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 8 divisions. 151 stops. 233 ranks. 13384 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • The original builder was Aeolian-Skinner (1952, Opus1203). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Mechanical refurbishing. Lawrence I. Phelps was consultant and advisor. Additional alterations by Austin Organs. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
    Restoration work; releathering begun in 1995 and new solid-state combination action in 1996. (Database Manager. June 10, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Bryan Ashley. (Database Manager. April 17, 2015)

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Church Interior and Pipe Facade. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2015-03-15
Console. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2015-03-15

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  • Specification provided by Bryan Ashley, organist of The Mother Church
    Boston, Massachusetts
    The First Church of Christ, Scientist - The Mother Church Extension
    
    Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.   Opus 1203   1952         4 manuals, 151 stops, 233 ranks
    Revised by Foley-Baker, Inc. (late 1990s)
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               GREAT ORGAN (Man. II; 4" wind)                SWELL ORGAN (Man. III; 5" wind)
           16' Geigend Prinzipal       61 a              16' Gemshorn                68
           16' Bourdon                 61 a               8' Diapason                68
            8' Principal               61                 8' Flute Harmonique        68
            8' Harmonic Flute          61                 8' Rohrflöte               68
            8' Holzflöte               61 a               8' Viole de Gambe          68
        5 1/3' Quinte                  61                 8' Viole Céleste           68
            4' Prestant                61                 8' Echo Viole              68
            4' Flûte Ouverte           61 a               8' Echo Viole Céleste      68
        3 1/5' Tierce                  61                 8' Flûte Dolce             68
        2 2/3' Cornet IV-VI           309                 8' Flûte Céleste           68
        2 2/3' Full Mixture IV        244                 4' Octave                  68
        1 1/3' Scharf IV              244                 4' Nachthorn               68
            8' Trumpet                 61                 4' Gemshorn                68
               Chimes                  SO             2 2/3' Nazard                  61
               Solo to Great                              2' Doublette               61
                                                          2' Spillflöte              61
               HAUPTWERK (Man. II; 3" wind)           2 2/3' Sesquialtera III       183
           16' Quintaden               61             2 2/3' Fourniture V           305
            8' Prinzipal               61             1 1/3' Petite Fourniture III  183
            8' Bordun                  61               2/3' Cymbale IV             244
            8' Spitzflöte              61                32' Kontrafagott            68
            4' Oktave                  61                16' Bombarde                68
            4' Spitzflöte              61                 8' Trompette               68
            4' Kleingedackt            61                 8' Oboe                    68
        2 2/3' Quinte                  61                 8' Vox Humana              68 a
            2' Superoktave             61             5 1/3' Quinte Trompette        68
            2' Blockflöte              61                 4' Clairon                 68
        1 1/3' Quinte                  61                    Tremulant
        2 2/3' Sesquialtera II        122                    Swell 16
            2' Mixtur IV              244                    Swell Unison Off
            1' Scharff IV             244                    Swell 4
           16' Rankett                 61                    Solo to Swell
            8' Trompete                61
                                                             BOMBARDE ORGAN (Man. IV; 4" wind)
               POSITIV ORGAN (Man. I; 2½" wind)              8'+4' Principal II           122
            8' Viola da Gamba          61                 8' Cornet V               305
            8' Gedackt                 61             2 2/3' Grand Fourniture VI    366
            8' Quintadena              61               1/2' Scharf III             183
            4' Prinzipal               61                 2' Harmonic VIII          478
            4' Koppelflöte             61                16' Bombarde                61
        2 2/3' Nasat                   61                 8' Trompette               61
            2' Oktave                  61                 4' Clarion                 61
            2' Waldflöte               61                    Bombarde Unison Off
        1 3/5' Terz                    61                    Solo to Bombarde
        1 1/3' Larigot                 61
            1' Oktave                  61                    PEDAL (w.p. 4")
            8' Cornet V               305                32' Contrebasse (6")        12
            1' Scharf IV              244                32' Contre Bourdon     digital
          1/4' Zimbel III             183                32' Untersatz          digital
           16' Dulzian                 61                16' Principal (5")          32 a
            8' Krummhorn               61                16' Contrebasse (5")        32 a
            4' Schalmei                61                16' Violon (4")             32
               Tremulant                                 16' Geigend Principal       GT
                                                         16' Quintadena              HW
               CHOIR ORGAN (Man. I; w.p. 4")             16' Bourdon (5")            32
           16' Dulciana                68                16' Lieblich Bourdon        20 c
            8' Viola                   68                16' Gemshorn                SW
            8' Viola Céleste           68                16' Dulciana                CH
            8' Concert Flute           68 a          10 2/3' Grossquinte             12 d
            8' Lieblich Gedeckt        68                 8' Principal               32
            8' Gemshorn Céleste II    136                 8' Spitzprinzipal          32
            8' Dulciana                68                 8' Viole de Gambe          32 a
            8' Unda Maris              56                 8' Gedacktpommer           32
            4' Flauto Traverso         68 a               8' Lieblich Bourdon        12
            4' Lieblichflöte           68                 8' Gemshorn                SW
            4' Kleine Erzähler II     136                 8' Dulciana                CH
            2' Zauberflöte             61             6 2/5' Grossterz               32
            1' Sifflöte                61             5 1/3' Quinte                  32
        2 2/3' Sesquialtera II        122                 4' Choralbass              32
           16' Bassoon                 68                 4' Koppelflöte             32
            8' Clarinet                68 a               4' Spitzflöte              32
            4' Trompette               68                 4' Gemshorn                SW
               Tremulant                                  2' Nachthorn               32
            8' Tuba (15")              68            10 2/3' Grand Cornet V          96 e
            8' French Horn             SO             5 1/3' Fourniture IV          128
            8' English Horn            SO                 4' Mixtur III              96
            8' Corno di Bassetto       SO             3 1/5' Cornet IV              128
               Solo Reed Tremulant                    1 1/3' Scharf IV              128
            8' Cor des Anges           SO                32' Contre Bombarde (8")    12
               Chimes                  SO                32' Kontrafagott            SW
               Harp  (in Solo)         37 bars b         16' Ophicleide (12")        32
               Choir 16                                  16' Bombarde (6")           32
               Choir Unison Off                          16' Fagott                  SW
               Choir 4                                   16' Rankett                 HW
               Solo to Choir                             16' Bassoon                 CH
                                                          8' Trompette (6")          32
               SOLO ORGAN (Floating; 5" wind)             8' Trumpet (6")            32
           16' Viola                   68 a               8' Fagott                  SW
            8' Principal (4")          68 a               8' Chalumeau               32
            8' Viola                   68                 4' Clairon (6")            32
            8' Gedeckt                 68 a               4' Octave Trumpet (6")     32
            8' Doppelflöte             68 a               4' Oboe (32' Fagott)       SW
            8' Orchestral Strings II  136                 4' Rohrschalmei            32
            8' Dolcan Céleste         136                 2' Kornett                 32
            8' Kleine Erzähler II     136                    Solo to Pedal 8
            4' Prestant (4")           68 a                  Solo to Pedal 4
            4' Orchestral Flute        68 a                  Chimes                  SO
            4' Zauberflöte             68                    Zimbelstern (in Solo)
            4' Viole Celeste II       136
        2 2/3' Rohr Nasat              61                    COUPLERS
            2' Flautino                61 a                  Great to Pedal
            2' Plein Jeu IV (4")      244 a                  Hauptwerk to Pedal
          1/4' Acuta III              183                    Swell to Pedal 8, 4
            8' Trompette               68                    Choir to Pedal 8, 4
            8' Vox Humana              68 a                  Positiv to Pedal
               Tremulant                                     Bombarde to Pedal
            8' French Horn (10")       68                    Swell to Great 16, 8, 4
            8' English Horn (10")      68                    Choir to Great 16, 8, 4
            8' Corno di Bassetto (10") 68                    Positiv to Great
               Reed Tremulant (on Choir stop jamb)           Bombarde to Great
            8' Cor des Anges (12")     61                    Great to Choir
               Chimes             digital                    Hauptwerk to Choir
               Harp               digital                    Swell to Choir 16, 8, 4
               Solo 16                                       Positiv to Choir
               Solo Unison Off                               Bombarde to Choir
               Solo 4                                        Great to Swell
                                                             Hauptwerk to Swell
            a  from Hook & Hastings organ (1906, Op. 2107)   Choir to Swell 16, 8, 4
            b  from Hook & Hastings organ (1928, Op. 2555)   Positiv to Swell
            c  notes 1-12 from GT 16' Bourdon                Bombarde to Swell
            d  notes 1-20 from GT 16' Geigend Prinzipal      Choir to Bombarde 16, 8, 4
            e  also draws 10 2/3' & 6 2/5'                   Great to Bombarde
                                                             Great Off
               ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS                       Hauptwerk Off
               Great     1-12 (thumb); 1-3  (toe)            Positiv Off
               Swell     1-9  (thumb); 1-3  (toe)
               Choir     1-12 (thumb); 1-3  (toe)            EXPRESSION
               Bombarde  1-5  (thumb); 1-2  (toe)            Balanced Choir Pedal
               Solo      1-7  (thumb)                        Balanced Swell Pedal
               Pedal     1-8  (thumb & toe)                  Balanced Solo Pedal
               General   1-20 (thumb); 1-12 (toe)            Crescendo Pedal (4 levels)
               General Cancel (thumb)
               Setter         (thumb)                        ACCESSORIES
                                                             Piston Sequencer (Next & Prev
               REVERSIBLES                                   Key Cheek pistons)
               All Unison Couplers to Pedal (thumb & toe)    All Pistons Next toggle piston
               SW/CH, HW/CH, GT/CH (thumb)                   All 1's Next toggle piston
               SW/GT, CH/GT, PO/GT, BO/GT (thumb)            999 Memory Levels
               HW/SW, GT/SW, CH/SW, PO/SW, BO/SW (thumb)     Memory Up & Down Key Cheek pistons
               CH/BO, GT/BO (thumb)                          Memory Input Keypad
               BO/GT (toe)                                   Total Recall Memory System with
               32' Untersatz (toe)                             USB Backup and Live Mode
               32' Contre Bourdon (toe)
               Sforzando (3 thumb, 1 toe)                    Original Edifice Blower Switch
               Solo Celestes Off (thumb)                     Original Edifice Organ On
               Pedal to Swell Combinations (thumb)
               Pedal Couplers to Pedal Combs. (thumb)
               All Swells to Swell (thumb)   
    
              [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2014-08-14]