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S. L. Huntington & Co. (2015)

Originally Morel Organ Co. (1992)

Location:

St. Catherine of Siena
Norwood, MA US
Organ ID: 58050

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 43 ranks. 3 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Jerry Mead on August 03, 2020.
Database Manager on March 17, 2016:

This entry describes alterations to an existing organ. Identified by Scot Huntington, based on personal knowledge of the organ.

As part of the church's 100th-anniversary program of renewal, a multi-phase program of rebuilding the organ was begun in 2015. Plans to eventually complete the encasement of the organ were permanently shelved, and instead it was decided to leave the organ visually as is, i.e. with non-artistically exposed pipework, but to instead direct funding towards upgrading the organ's musical resources. The first phase was the most comprehensive- the respecifying and revoicing of the entire instrument, to adapt it to the church's acoustics. This work was begun in the Summer of 2014, and progressing one division at a time was completed in the Spring of 2015. New pipework was incorporated within the Great to rescale the Principals 8' and 4', replace the treble portion of the Harmonic Flute, and to recompose the Mixture. The Swell enclosure was substantially rebuilt and reinforced- the nave facing shades were encapsulated and the gallery-facing shades were replaced with a set of thick horizontal shades opening upwards toward the vaulting. The wind pressures were lowered throughout, the wood flutes were rebuilt, the pipework was substantially revoiced, and the Swell and Great mutations were recomposed. Phase II will replace the Great and Pedal reeds circa 2016-17. Phase III will relocate the Pedal upperwork chest from its location in the front of the rear window to a position on the nave-facing side wall of the 2014 Swell enclosure. Phase IV will upgrade the wind systems of the Great, Swell and Pedal, including the installation of new Tremulants.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Myself: Open In New Tab Original document from Scot Huntington. Originally published 2017-03-08
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Church Interior : Photograph by Jerry Mead. Taken approx. 2020

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Jerry Mead. Taken approx. 2020

Console : Photograph by Jerry Mead. Taken approx. 2020

Pedal and Great Pipes: Photograph by Jerry Mead. Taken approx. 2020

Positif division pipes : Photograph by Jerry Mead. Taken approx. 2020

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