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Hook & Hastings (Opus 1412, 1889)


St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
4 Cathedral Park
Buffalo, NY 14202 US
Organ ID: 11218

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 29 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 27 stops. 35 registers.
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 27
  • Registers: 35
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.
Database Manager on October 24, 2019:

Updated by Scot Huntington, naming this as the source of information: Viner ledger via private Buffalo organ atlas compiled by David Snyder, 2003..
This organ was three manuals, not two. It replaced two older Hook organs lost in a fire which destroyed the church except for the outside walls, the previous year. In 1908 it was replaced by a 4-manual organ built by the Hope-Jones Organ Co. of Elmira, New York. The Hook & Hastings was moved without change to the Sacred Heart Church R.C. on Seneca Street. When that church built a new building on Emslie Street, the Hook was moved again to St. Mary of Sorrows R.C. on Genesee and Rich Streets. Damaged by fire in 1947, the Hook was rebuilt by the Schlicker organ company. The church was recently closed by the Diocese, but the pipes were rescued and placed in storage. Their future is not bright.
The stoplist below is partly conjectural, based on that found in the Viner ledgers which they assiduously compiled from their service contracts during the 1920s. Two stops in the Choir are not typical for Hook and may have been renamed, and the Pedal reed would be atypical, the three-stop pedal typically having a Cello 8\' before a Trombone 16\' would be specified. These exceptions are noted in the stoplist.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 25, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Hook indicates a 2m. Instrument. Tuned to French pitch. Replaced in 1908 by Hope-Jones.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Viner ledger for St. Mary of Sorrows, via private publication: Notable Organs of Buffalo, 2003, by David Snyder.: Open In New Tab Original document from Scot Huntington. Originally published 2019-09-13
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on September 13, 2019.

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