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George Greenleaf Hook (Opus 1, 1827)

Exhibited in the 1987 OHS convention

Location:

Essex Institute
123 Essex Street
Salem, MA 01970 US
Organ ID: 4847

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Museums
  • The organ is unaltered from its original 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 October 13, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 5 ranks. 316 pipes. 1 manuals. 7 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 7
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 13, 2021:

From 1987 OHS Handbook: "In 1965, C. B. Fisk, Inc. moved the organ from what is now the Institute library to the auditorium; it was clear at the time that the organ needed a thorough restoration. That work commenced in 1972, at which time the 1872 Dulciana 8' was removed; internal evidence suggested that the original stop had been a Flute 4' of the same scale and construction as the St'd Diap Treble 8', (a wooden chimney flute), so a new Flute 4' was made out of western red cedar, knotfree aromatic cedar not being available. The missing Seventeenth 1 3/5', which appeared to have been of the same scale as the Twelfth 2 2/3', was replaced with old Fifteenth pipes of the proper scale, thought to have been made by George Stevens. In the absence of sufficient evidence for an accurate reproduction, the free reed, activated by a slider located under the chest, was not restored. The organ was reopened with a concert given in May 1973 by Daniel Pinkham and assisting artists."

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 13, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1987.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Built for W. W. Clap, Boston, MA. Then went to an unknown church [Danvers, MA?]. Then George G. Hook residence, Jamaica Plains, MA & altered c. 1872; then Maria Hook residence Brookline, MA. Moved to Essex Institute in 1934 by Edward Lahaise. Blower & slide tuners added 1945 by W. W. Laws. Moved to Institute auditorium in 1965 & partially restored by C. B. Fisk in 1972.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1987 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published June 1987
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on October 13, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1970s).

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