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Andover Organ Co. (Opus R-376, 2004)

Originally Simmons & Fisher (Opus 857, 1856)

Location:

Methodist Church / Old Whaling Church
99 Main Street
Edgartown, MA 02539 US
Rear gallery
Organ ID: 3504

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on May 02, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 18 ranks. 865 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 24 stops. 18 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 24
  • Registers: 18
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 11, 2017:

Updated by James R. Stettner, listing this website as a source of information: http://database.organsociety.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=3503.

According to the cover story on the 2004 Andover Organ Co. 'Newsletter', this was mostly a restoration. The organ had been altered tonally in the 1960's, and a 25-note pedalboard had replaced the original 20-note pedalboard. A rebuilt 27-note flat/parallel pedalboard was installed in-place of the 25-note one. Couplers were extended to 27 notes. The Pedal chest was retabled and expanded to 27 notes. 7 pipes were added to the Pedal 16' Double Open Diapason. The hitch-down Swell mechanism was restored. The manual chests were retabled and the pallets made removable. The playing and stop actions were renewed throughout. Pipework was cleaned and repaired and set back on-speech. Pipes were fitted with tuning slides to prevent further future damage. The pitch was returned to the original pitch. 1960's tonal changes were reversed and the original stoplist restored. The Swell as 3 unenclosed bass stops of 17 pipes each: 8' Stopped Diapason, 8' Dulciana, and 4' Principal.

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

Database Manager on July 18, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on October 18, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Altered Ross Abel 1960s.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist (Source: Andover Website, 2012-10-10)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case in Loft: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 2000-08-10

Nave, facing stage: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 2000-08-10

Exterior of church, main entrance: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 2000-08-10

Church sign on front of building when it was Edgartown United Methodist: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 2000-08-10

Organ case in loft: Photograph from an archival source: 2005 OHS Handbook, builder ad, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 2004

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