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Jonas Prescott Whitney (1850 ca.)

Location:

Unitarian / First Parish Unitarian-Universalist
20 Common Road
Ashby, MA 01431 US
Sanctuary; front (side)
Organ ID: 4765

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ is extant in this location, possibly in original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, but not in use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 8 ranks. 341 pipes. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 8 stops. 10 registers.
Manual (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Jonas Prescott Whitney
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Jonas Prescott Whitney
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Jonas Prescott Whitney
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 8
  • Registers: 10
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 17
  • 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 hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.
Database Manager on May 22, 2014:

Updated through online information from Aaron Stockwell.

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

Database Manager on October 31, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- The organ was originally installed at the rear of the room in a slightly elevated choir gallery. According to the parish history, the choir moved to the front in 1887, and a Hamiltonian Vocalion organ was installed up front. The Whitney remained in the rear gallery. A scant four years later, the choir returned to the rear gallery, the Whitney was repaired, and the Vocalion was sold. In 1927, the Whitney was moved to the front, and recessed into a chamber on the right side of the chancel. The choir again moved with the organ. When a Hammond was given as a memorial gift in 1947, it was installed in the rear gallery where the Whitney had originally been - and the choir moved once again. The Whitney has a 3-sectional facade with 23 dummy pipes arranged: 4-15-4. At some point in time, the originally dark organ case was painted white. The organ is a G-compass organ. The manuals are 58 notes: GGG, AAA-f3. But the Pedal is 17 notes: GGG-BB - including the GGG#. All of the manual stops are partial-compass: even the Twelfth and Fifteenth (47 pipes each). The Pedal 16' Sub Bafs [sic] is 12 pipes. There are two unlabeled foot trundles: essentially a Principal Chorus On, and Principal Chorus Off. Both the 8' St. Diapason and 4' Flute are chimney flutes. Source: extant organ; documented May 11, 1989.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1998

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Extant, used and unaltered except for electric blower. Has been moved around the church twice. Is playable

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist taken from the console: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.
Detailed Specification and History: Open In New Tab Stoplist, Couplers, Foot Trundles, Pedal Movements, History, and misc. Notes
Document created on 1989-05-11
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on September 15, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Facade and keydesk: Photograph by Aaron Stockwell. Taken on 2014-02-23

Organ as originally installed in a rear gallery: Photograph from an archival source: Published Parish history, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. before 1927

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