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Geo. H. Ryder (Opus 135, 1890ca.)

Location:

First Congregational Church
Spencer, MA US
Organ ID: 18355

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ is no longer at this location; destroyed, dispersed, relocated or taken in trade.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 38 ranks. 3 manuals. 31 stops. 38 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 31
  • Registers: 38
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on December 21, 2005:

Updated through on-line information from Robert Faucher. -- Chamber wall inscription states that the organ was an Emmons Howard built in 1899. Then rebuilt by Geo. Reed & Sons in 1921. Fritzsche Organ Co did extensive work in 1978, including new Reisner console with SSLL combination action. The main chests are pitman chests from Organ Supply Co. Much newer pipework - very little remaining original ranks. Center section of façade casework has been bumped out to accomodate the Great chest. Original instrument perhaps only 2 manuals.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on June 16, 2005:

Identified through information in Descriptive Catalogue of Superior Church Organs Manufactured by Geo. H. Ryder & Co., published in Boston, January, 1896. Dates are not included in the publication; the one given here is conjectural.

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

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