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Hook & Hastings (Opus 1355, 1887)

Location:

First Baptist Church
Main Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420 US
Organ ID: 5199

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Baptist Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • 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
  • 21 ranks. 1,156 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 21 stops. 19 registers.
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: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 21
  • Registers: 19
  • 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.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 07, 2008:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Free-standing and encased. 3-sectional facade containing 33 ornately-stenciled pipes arranged: 7-[7-5-7]-7. Case of black walnut. This organ was halfway between the Size 11 and a Size 12 models. It had one stop more than a Size 11 (the Swell 8' Cornopean), but one stop less than a full Size 12 (the Pedal 8' Violoncello). The organ was last played on Monday, August 30, 1965 by Miss Judith Percy - just before dismantling commenced. The old edifice was razed to make way for a new public library. Sources: H&H opus list; Andover files; extant, altered organ; newspaper article.

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

Database Manager on August 23, 2005:

On-line update from Judith A. Ollikkala -- The first organ here was a W. B. D. Simmons & Co. two-manual tracker of 1854, prior to 1887. It may have been in the first church building on West Main St., Fitchburg MA.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

OCH. Altered 1961 by D. H. McPeak, Gardner, MA. Original building on Main St. demolished 1965. Organ stored by Ed. Boadway, then moved to new building and rebuilt by Andover. Stoplist in BOC 21 is the original stoplist

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

Instrument Images:

Organ: Photograph from church archives; digital image by James R. Stettner.. Taken on 1989-02-23

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