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Geo. H. Ryder (Opus 180, 1895ca.)

Location:

Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
64 W. Main St.
Westborough, MA 01581 US
Organ ID: 5583

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • 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
  • 2 manuals. 9 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
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: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection from key to chest (tracker, sticker or mix).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2015:

Updated through online information from Leonardo Ciampa. -- *In Descriptive Catalogue of Superior Church Organs Manufactured by Geo. H. Ryder & Co., published in Boston, January, 1896, the name of the church was listed as "First Congregational (Unitarian) Church Westboro [sic], Massachusetts." Note that this organ is Op. 180, not Op. 183. (According to the same publication. Op. 183 went to Glens Falls, NY, OHS Database ID 18391.)
* This instrument is now in very good playing condition and was rededicated in a public concert on March 1, 2015.
* There is one hitchdown coupler (Gt. to Gt. 4'). The other three couplers are operated by traditional drawknobs.

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

Database Manager on September 28, 2014:

Updated through online information from Leonardo Ciampa. -- The church purchased an electronic in the early sixties. The speakers were subsequently installed inside the organ (much pipework etc. being moved to make room for them). At some point, the blower was disconnected. In August 2014, Alex Belair made the organ playable again, reinstalling the blower, removing the speakers (and large wooden frames that held them), returning and tuning the pipework, and performing other repairs to make the organ playable again.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ Case and Keydesk: Photograph by Leonardo Ciampa. Taken on 2014-10-05

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