E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 348, 1864)

Location:

Unitarian Church [First Parish Unitarian-Universalist]
Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780 US
Organ ID: 14943

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 26 ranks. 1,403 pipes. 2 manuals. 32 registers.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Registers: 32
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022:

In 1914, the W B. Williams Co. made some tonal changes. These were a Viol d'Orchestra and Vox Celeste in the Swell; and a Dolce, Gamba and Clarinet in the Great.

In 1949, Skinner returned to Taunton in his 83rd year to rebuild the organ. He replaced the console and appended electropneumatic pulldown mechanisms and slide motors to the Hook slider chests. Fourteen of the original 1864 stops and three of the 1914 ranks were retained. This work, which cost $5,474, was more a superficial remodeling than a comprehensive rebuilding. The pulldown mechanisms were mounted on the floor some four feet below the pallet boxes, connected by thin wires to the windchests. This made quick repetition of notes nearly impossible. Tonally, Skinner merely replaced ranks with some of his signature stops - solo reeds, flutes, strings and celestes. -- 2005 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022.

Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022:

It [the Appleton organ] was replaced by E. & G. G. Hook Op. 348 in 1864 at a cost of $4,500. The dedicatory recital was played by J. H. Wilcox on Friday, December 9, 1 864. -- 2005 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022.

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.
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We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on May 13, 2022.

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