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Geo. H. Ryder (1914)

Originally Wm. A. Johnson (Opus 16, 1850)
Exhibited in the 2015 OHS convention

Location:

Heath Union Church
5 East Main Street
Heath, MA 01346 US
(Congregational)
Organ ID: 5405

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Churches of Christ (UCC)
  • The organ has been restored to a previous 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
  • 12 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 16 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: 12
  • Registers: 16
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • Manual Compass: 54
  • 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 a removable panel in front of keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on April 25, 2015:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington. -- The organ was purchased for $100 in 1914, delivered up the steep two-mile mountain road to Heath by ox-cart, and installed by George Ryder of Boston. The Whately records do not indicate any allowance made on the old organ by Estey, and it was not their usual practice at this time to take organs in trade for resale. The available sources imply the Heath congregation purchased the organ directly from the Whately church.
In 2013, S.L. Huntington & Co. of Stonington, Conn. restored the instrument, reversing all previous alterations but retaining the Swell Bass installed at an unknown date but prior to 1874 by Johnson, and including a reconstruction of the original 1850 case and decoration.

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

Database Manager on April 17, 2015:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.

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

Database Manager on November 13, 2014:

Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- In March 2013 S. L. Huntington & Co. completed a thorough renovation of this notable instrument. The restoration has followed strictly the newly revised OHS Guidelines for Conservation, carefully analyzing details of the organ-s history and construction, recreating the original casework and faux-grain decoration, including the reinstatement of the 1850 gilded façade pipes (found still in use but well hidden inside the 1874 case), and replication of a missing rank of Stopped Diapason pipes.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on December 20, 2008:

According to the Citation application received from the Johnson Organ Restoration Committee in December 2008, the organ was taken in trade by Estey in 1912 and subsequently installed here by an unidentified person or firm in 1914.

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 1990.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Built for Congregational Church, Haydenville, MA. Sold to First Congregational, Whately in 1874. Moved here in 1914 [by Ryder?]. Case now gone. Historic Organs Recital 3 Jun 1990.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab stoplist following restoration
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph courtesy of Len Levasseur. Taken on 2014-09-20

Organ Case, Keydesk, and Pedalaboard: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2014-09-20

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