Updated through online information from David Rowe. -- I don't know why it was claimed that this organ was in a Methodist church (as far as I know, the church on High Street has always been Congregational, now UCC).
â€¨â€¨The Hook & Hastings at High Street Congo was said to be identical in every way to the slightly newer H&H at First Universalist Church on Pleasant Street, one block away. The Universalist Church built its H&H clone to lure organist E.W. Hanscom from High Street Congregational to the First Universalist Church--a coup that succeeded.
Both organs were modified by Roston Kershaw in the 1950s, removing tracker action, replacing with EP pull downs and stop action, and two-manual Austin consoles.
Following a fire a new church building was erected which houses a newer organ.
[Editor's Note: The "List of Organs BUilt by Hook & Hastings Co." published in Boston in 1895 identifies Opus 1209 as being installed in "High Street M.E." and we retain that designation as well as the indication the organ was actually in the Congregational Church.]
Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991).
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