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William W. Laws (1924)

Originally Hutchings, Plaisted & Co. (Opus 78, 1878)

Location:

First Baptist Church
56 Federal Street
Salem, MA 01970 US
Organ ID: 38017

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been removed from this location and currently in storage.
  • 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: Slider
  • 39 ranks. 2,393 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 32 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 32
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection between stop control and chest.
  • 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 09, 2017:

Updated by Sean Haley, the builder.
A design contract has been completed and approved in the Summer/Fall of 2017 and the board of the Kent Grand Organ committee, a non-profit entity, intend to sign a contract for the rebuilding and installation of the Hutchings-Plaisted/Laws organ in mid 2018. Completion is intended to be in 2020. A freestanding case with a 16' facade, new terraced drawknob console, and restoration of Hutchings components/pipework, with sensitive and sympathetic additions, are but highlights of what will be a 54 rank instrument.

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

Database Manager on January 02, 2009:

Identified through on-line information from Sean M. Haley. -- Originally 2 manuals and pedal with 22 stops, slider chests and mechanical key & stop action. 61/27 compass. Electrified, added Choir, tonal additions, and Austin type console added by William W. Laws of Beverly, Massachusetts in 1924. Hutchings pipework and chests extant at time of inspection in 2008. Organ was purchased by Kent Lutheran Church, Kent, Washington just prior to the dismantling of the church by the State of Massachusetts for courthouse expansion. Organ was removed by John Bishop and crew and is in storage awaiting rebuilding, restoration, and tonal additions.

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: Organ Clearing House website, 2007-10-26)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: (2009) Photograph by John Bishop.

Console: Photograph by John Bishop.

Great Pipework: Photograph by Sean Haley.

Nave and Balconies: Photograph by Sean Haley.

Sanctuary view from balcony: Photograph by Sean Haley.

Inside case beneath Great chest. Left is the original trumpet (called Tuba) from 4' C up. Pedal Bourdon and offsets for Gt 2nd Diapason: Photograph by Sean Haley.

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