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Rob Kerner (2007)

Originally Hook & Hastings Co. (Opus 1697, 1896)


Christ Church, Episcopal
141 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604 US
Organ ID: 59946

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • 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
  • 9 ranks. 2 manuals. 9 stops.
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • 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.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on April 06, 2017:

In the early Fall of 2006 it came to the attention of Kerala Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology at Eastman School of Music, that Carolyn and Noel Nilson of Sandisfield, Massachusetts were looking for a new home for their Hook & Hastings pipe organ. The organ had been purchased by the Nilsons through the Organ Clearing House in 1968, assembled by them in their home, and lovingly cared for over the years. Some phone calls were made, and it was arranged that Barbara Owen would stop by and take a look at the organ, which she did, and to which she gave her stamp of approval.

On October 28, Rob Kerner, Pipe Organ Technician of the Eastman School, went to the Nilsons to look over the organ from a tuning and maintenance point of view, and to estimate what it would take to get the organ to Rochester. He agreed that this instrument was a fine example of Hook & Hastings- work, was unusually well preserved (pumping mechanism and all), and would make a very welcome addition to Eastman-s collection. Since the Nilsons were selling their house and wanted to move the organ quickly, a few more calls were made, and the Nilsons graciously agreed to donate the organ to the Eastman School.

The organ was installed in Christ Church (Episcopal) in the first months of 2007 by Rob Kerner and students in the "Organ Design and Maintenance� class. It served as the main service instrument there while the Craighead-Saunders organ was being installed.

Upon completion of the Craighead-Saunders organ, The Hook & Hastings was moved to St. Mary-s Church and inaugurated on Sunday, April 18, 2010. (Eastman School of Music website)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Eastman School of Music website: Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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