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Geo. H. Ryder (Opus 32, 1875ca.)

Originally Geo. H. Ryder ()
Exhibited in the 1987 OHS convention

Location:

Community United Methodist Church
Center St
Byfield, MA 01922 US
Organ ID: 6230

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 5 ranks. 245 pipes. 1 manuals. 8 stops.
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: 1
  • Stops: 8
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 25
  • 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.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021:

Cost in 1875: $800. -- information from 1987 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.

Database Manager on June 12, 2016:

Updated through online information from Stephen Paul Kowalyshyn.
I only happened upon this link to a 9/28/2015 article in ManchesterInkLink.com telling of this instrument's move from Byfield, MA, to the Beacon Building in Manchester, NH.

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

Database Manager on January 06, 2012:

Updated through online information from Katherine Yosua.

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

Database Manager on June 24, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from jeffrey h smith. -- Mechanical swell "shoe-shape" pedal,upper right side placement // hitchdown gt/gt 4' coupler // pedal compass 25 notes but only plays lowest 13 notes (lowest octave) of Bourdon 16' the pipes for which are behind the case. If the remaining 12 pipes (upper octave) are in the case or if the design was to transfer them from the bottom of the Gt Bourdon 8' in either scenario the upper octave does not play, although when the Pedal Coupler is engaged the pedal clavier does play all 25 notes from Gt properly. Other than that quirk the instrument is SPLENDID condition --mechanically, visually (gorgeous stenciling) and tuning-wise. A testimony to a small congregation's commitment to supporting a fine instrument.

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 1987

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
1987 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab Originally published June 1987
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on October 12, 2021.
Typed stoplist from jeffrey h smith. On-line update from jeffrey h smith.: Open In New Tab Document created on 2000-01-01
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case at front of room: Photograph from an archival source: 1987 OHS Handbook, William T. Van Pelt, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano. Taken approx. 1987

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