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Richard A. Nickerson (1983)

Originally E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 523, 1870)

Location:

First Parish Unitarian-Universalist Church
630 Massachusetts Ave.
Arlington, MA 02174 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 51957

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • 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 Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 16 ranks. 830 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 15 stops. 18 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by E. & G. G. Hook
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by E. & G. G. Hook
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by E. & G. G. Hook
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by E. & G. G. Hook
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 15
  • Registers: 18
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.
Database Manager on May 07, 2017:

Relocated from the Robert Whiting res. Schwenksville, PA, through OCH. Renovated Richard Nickerson 1985. Ded. 22 Sep 1985 by Theodore A. May. In new building.

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

Database Manager on August 31, 2013:

Altered and relocated existing organ. Identified by Jeff Scofield, using information found in Organ Handbook 2000. -- Originally installed in Christ Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, in 1870; relocated through the Organ Clearing House and installed at Arlington in 1983 by Richard Nickerson, who also provided an electric blower and new static bellows; cleaned in 1998 by the Bishop Organ Co. and fitted with new trackers.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist copied from the console: Open In New Tab Originally published June, 1989
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on September 14, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Church Interior and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 1999-05-04

Organ case: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. June, 1989

Swellbox behind facade: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. June, 1989

Keydesk: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken approx. June, 1989

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