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Hook & Hastings Co. (Opus 2539, 1927)

Originally E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings (Opus 526, 1870)

Location:

Rollstone Congregational Church
199 Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 14707

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ is unaltered 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 Gavin Klein on June 30, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 45 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Hook & Hastings Co.
  • Slider Motors: Electric motors.
We received the most recent update for this division from Gavin Klein on June 25, 2020.
Main:
  • Built by Hook & Hastings Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 45
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Combination Action Name: Solid State Logic Limited
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Gavin Klein on June 25, 2020.
Gavin Klein on June 30, 2020:

The organ was originally built by the E. & G. G. Hook Company as Opus 526 in 1870. The organ was expanded and electrified in 1927 by the Hook and Hastings Company as Opus 2539. All the pipes from the 1870 build where retained as well as the facade and organ case. This continued to serve the church and the organ was fully restored in 1993 by the Southfield Organ Company. At the time of restoration, the organ was given a new Solid State console and both a set of chimes and a zimbelstern where added. The organ today is in very good shape, however, some of the electronics within the organ where damaged when the church was struck by lighting causing some of the stops to stop working at this time. There are also a few minor leaks inside the organ. All are repairable.

We received the most recent update for this note from Gavin Klein on June 30, 2020.

Database Manager on February 28, 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.
Taken from Console: Open In New Tab Originally published 7/1/2020
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Gavin Klein on July 01, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Facade: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Great pipework: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Spencer blower: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Right stop jamb: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Left stop jamb: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Manuals and coupler rail: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

Facade from stage: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

View of sanctuary from organ console: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2020-11-24

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