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William W. Laws (1924)

Location:

Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading
239 Woburn St
Reading, MA 01867 US
Organ ID: 63516

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP)
  • 11 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 11 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with pneumatic pull-downs (externally, EP or TP) chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 11
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • 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 Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Database Manager on December 07, 2018:

Updated by James R. Stettner, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: Richard Pelland.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on November 05, 2018:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by James R. Stettner, listing this web site as a source of information: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10155884061322897&set=a.483110482896&type=3&theater&comment_id=10155884524672897&reply_comment_id=10155885877242897&force_theater=1.
The organ is housed behind a facade to the left of the window in the rear gallery. The console is a standard Laws 'imitation Austin' console. According to Richard Pelland who cares for the organ, "It's a weird slider chest with Swell and Great primaries. One deep chest with two pallet boxes. Not only that, but it's 73 notes!"

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Instrument Images:

Organ Facade in Rear Gallery: Photograph by Richard Pelland. Taken on 2018-11-02

Console: Photograph by Richard Pelland. Taken on 2018-11-02

Organ dedication plaque: Photograph by Richard Pelland. Taken on 2018-11-02

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