Pipe Organ Database

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W.B.D. Simmons & Co. (1868)

Location:

First Parish Unitarian
250 Church Street
Clinton, MA 01510 US
Organ ID: 2929

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 2 manuals. 15 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider 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: 2
  • Stops: 15
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on October 26, 2015:

Updated through online information from Andrew Hagberg. -- The organ was altered in the early 20th century, probably by George Reed. A second pedal rank was added consistent with his work, and the Gt. Trumpet was replaced with a string. There is also a rank of pipes missing on the Great chest, probably a 4' flute.

The Great suffered extensive damage due to plaster falling on it over many years. The Swell remains largely intact and undamaged. The blower wiring is no longer connected, and the windline is damaged.

The current congregation expressed a desire to restore the organ to a playable state and use it for worship and concerts, but they do not have the funds available at this time.

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

Database Manager on November 16, 2012:

Updated through online information from William Dunklin. -- The oldest standing church in Clinton, the building was erected in 1853, three years after The First Unitarian Society of Clinton was organized. The first level was added at a later date, requiring the original structure to be raised.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Altered. Stoplist in Richmond.

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

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