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Unitarian Church
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

Typed stoplist from James R. Stettner Stoplist copied from photos of the organ on the OHS Database


Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), Massachusetts
Unitarian Universalist Society - Stevens Memorial Chapel

HOOK-HASTINGS CO., Opus 2029, 1904 - Original Specifications

GREAT                                        COUPLERS (Drawknob)
   8'  Open Diapason                61          Swell to Pedal
   8'  Dulciana                     61          Great to Pedal
   4'  Octave                       61
                                                Sw to Gr Unison
                                                Sw to Gr at Octaves
SWELL (Expressive)
   8'  Sw Viola               (tc)  49
   8'  Sw Gedeckt             (tc)  49       FOOT LEVERS (Unlabeled)
   8'  Sw Unison Bass               12          Gr to Ped Reversible
   4'  Sw Flute Harmonique          61

                                             PEDAL MOVEMENTS
PEDAL                                           Swell Expression              (bal.)
   16' Ped SubBass                  30

ACTION: Mech Key & Stop      VOICES: 7      STOPS: 8      RANKS: 7      PIPES: 384

The organ is free-standing and encased at the front of the chapel. The façade contains
27 gold-painted pipes in a 3-section display arranged: 3-21-3. The keydesk is attached
and projecting with a lid which lifts to form a music rack. Stops are as  drawknobs in
terraced jambs on either side of the manuals. The pedalboard is flat and radiating.

According to an April 14, 2005 article which was published in The Martha's Vineyard Times
and which appears on the Pipe Organs of the Cape & Islands website, “One hundred years
ago the organ committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Martha's Vineyard made
an offer of $1,000 to buy a $1,150 organ from the Hook and Hastings Company in Boston.
After some haggling it was agreed that the church would buy the organ for $1,100, but
only after a one-month trial period. “If not satisfactory, it may be returned” wrote
the committee. 

The church was very happy with their purchase and now the organ, a tracker organ model
#5, has a new lease on life. The refurbishment is now complete, done by the Andover Organ
Company and Jeremy Adams, an instrument maker. No restoration was necessary; all the parts
are original. The pump organ was electrified in the early 20th century, eliminating the
need to hire pump boys for Sunday mornings. 

The year-long refurbishment was made possible by a grant from the Farm Neck Foundation
and generous donations from many people. The project culminated with an organ recital on
April 17, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.”

Sources: Hook & Hastings opus list; OHS Database; Organs of the Cape & Islands

Unitarian Univeralist Society
Stevens Memorial Chapel
238 Main St.
Vineyard Haven (Tisbury), MA. 02568

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