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Hook & Hastings (Opus 2180, 1908)

Location:

St. Mary Star of the Sea R.C. Church
253 Cabot Street
Beverly, MA 01915 US
Upper Church
Organ ID: 14519

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on July 03, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with direct-electric pull-downs (externally mounted)
  • 37 ranks. 2,235 pipes. 3 manuals. 48 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with direct-electric pull-downs (externally mounted) chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Built by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders
  • Manuals: 3
  • Registers: 48
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on July 02, 2020.
Database Manager on February 27, 2014:

Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- Dobson constructed a new console in historic style in 2013

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on March 21, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from Frederick A. MacArthur. -- This organ has never been rebuilt, only enough work done over the years to keep it going. Williams Laws did replace the original console with his version of an Austin console in the early 50s. At some point around 1960 the pitch of the organ was raised. All the pipework is original, intact & in excellent condition. The chests are slider, with electro-pneumatic action. The organ is currently being restored by the Spencer Organ Company of Waltham and will be re-installed by the end of the Summer of 2007. A new console is planned for a later date. The stoplist will not be changed at all; a 16-8-4 Kimball Tuba on 10" is being added and will have its own blower. It is interesting to note that the Swell Celeste goes to bottom C. The Choir division was never enclosed. Located in two chambers on either side of the very high organ/choir loft, there are two massive, matching facades which face each other and wrap into the nave. The acoustics of the church are excellent.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 31, 2005:

The console was installed by Wiliam Laws around 1954. It's a standard Austin stop-key console, but with Laws' nameplate. Among other things, there is an expression shoe for the choir division, although evidence indicates that the choir has never been enclosed.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 31, 2005:

From Fr. George Hafemann: The organ has received only minor upkeep over the years, although almost all of it still plays as of this writing. Fred MacArthur has had some restorative voicing done (someone had tried to Baroque-ify a few stops), and a new blower and static reservoir installed. Otherwise, the instrument is in pretty original condition.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 21, 2005:

Rebuilt recently (as of 2005), but believed to be largely intact as original. (Information from William Catanesye in 2005.)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 22, 2005:

Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from the console February 29, 2012
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on July 03, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Facade and windows: Photograph by Fr. David Michael, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. Ca. 2020

Facade and room: Photograph by Dobson organ builders, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2013

Console: Photograph by Fr. David Michael, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. Ca. 2020

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