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William W. Laws (1929)

Originally Cole & Woodberry (Opus 102, 1894)

Location:

Christ Church, Episcopal
Quincy, MA US
Organ ID: 59854

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is no longer a complete instrument; dispersed/parted out.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
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
  • 18 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 18, 2017:

This entry describes alterations to an existing organ.
Identified by Scot Huntington, citing information from this publication: 1969 Dedication program and church records.
The was the electrification of the 1894 Cole & Woodberry. Laws' typical approach was to upgrade key actions and wind systems, using Austin consoles, but for the most part leaving organs tonally unaltered. The original organ had a number of prepared-for toeboards, including a three-rank mixture on the Great, which were never fulfilled. While there are some incongruities concerning the provenance of the surviving wood ranks, I think it is fair to assume the 1969 Laws stoplist reflects the original state of the organ. In 1969, a 19th-century soldered-cap 4' Rohrflute was added to the Swell in place of an unknown existing stop occupying the toeboard in front of the Oboe 8', perhaps a Vox Humana. No other details of the 1969 intervention have been archived.
In 1976, an extremely inaccurate anti-organ dossier was prepared advocating the replacement of the organ with a digital imitation, and a second document listed an inventory of ranks and chest being offered for sale. The Swell and Great chests, Swell enclosure, Swell pipework, case, façade pipes, main frame, and two ranks of Great pipework survive in 2017. The rest of the organ material was removed in 1976, the amplifiers and speakers being placed on the unenclosed toeboards of the Great chest.
The surviving Cole & Woodberry pipework is of extremely high quality and tin-rich spotted metal. While it has long been hoped the surviving parts of the organ could be resurrected, in 2017 the purchase of a replacement imitation is under consideration.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Stoplist from November 30, 1969: Open In New Tab Original document from Scot Huntington. Originally published 2017-02-21
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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