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Rob Kerner (2010)

Originally Hook & Hastings Co. (Opus 1697, 1896)
Exhibited in the 2018 OHS convention

Location:

St. Mary's R.C. Church
15 St. Mary's Place
Rochester, NY 14607 US
Organ ID: 49475

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 9 ranks. 458 pipes. 2 manuals. 9 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: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • 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.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on March 28, 2012:

In the early Fall of 2006 it came to the attention of Kerala Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology at Eastman School of Music, that Carolyn and Noel Nilson of Sandisfield, Massachusetts were looking for a new home for their Hook & Hastings pipe organ. The organ had been purchased by the Nilsons through the Organ Clearing House in 1968, assembled by them in their home, and lovingly cared for over the years. Some phone calls were made, and it was arranged that Barbara Owen would stop by and take a look at the organ, which she did, and to which she gave her stamp of approval.

On October 28, Rob Kerner, Pipe Organ Technician of the Eastman School, went to the Nilsons to look over the organ from a tuning and maintenance point of view, and to estimate what it would take to get the organ to Rochester. He agreed that this instrument was a fine example of Hook & Hastings- work, was unusually well preserved (pumping mechanism and all), and would make a very welcome addition to Eastman-s collection. Since the Nilsons were selling their house and wanted to move the organ quickly, a few more calls were made, and the Nilsons graciously agreed to donate the organ to the Eastman School.

The organ was installed in Christ Church (Episcopal) in the first months of 2007 by Rob Kerner and students in the "Organ Design and Maintenance" class. It served as the main service instrument there while the Craighead-Saunders organ was being installed.

Upon completion of the Craighead-Saunders organ, The Hook & Hastings was moved to St. Mary-s Church and inaugurated on Sunday, April 18, 2010. (Eastman School of Music website)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
From Eastman School of Music website: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case, Facade Pipes and Console: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2017-04-06

Organ Case and Console: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2017-04-06

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