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Hutchings-Votey Organ Co. (Opus 1479, 1902)

Location:

Little Harbor Chapel
335 Little Harbor Rd
Portsmouth, NH 03801 US
Organ ID: 63540

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Nondenominational Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Pneumatic, Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 10 ranks. 591 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 10 stops. 11 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Hutchings-Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on July 26, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Hutchings-Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on July 26, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Hutchings-Votey Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on July 26, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Hutchings-Votey Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 10
  • Registers: 11
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Tubular-pneumatic 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: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on July 26, 2021.
John Roper on July 26, 2021:

Inspected the organ on 7/26/21: Blower (located in the basement) is a 3/4hp Spencer with a Century 104/208v motor. It outputs 4" of wind. The original water motor and generator is still extant. Windlines come down into either side of the basement from their respective divisions but they have been disconnected from the blower. The swell tremulant is extant in the basement, connected as it was originally. Pipework is in fair condition, some pipes crushed, but the majority are ok. The great and pedal have tubular pneumatic stop and note action. The swell has TP stop action, but electric note action. The 11 facade pipes speak and are part of the 8' open diapason. The swell and crencendo pedals had been covered up at some point in the past, but they have been put back in place and are still functioning. The swell expression pedal is mechanical. Someone painted over the pedal lever labels. The first from the left is a hitch-down sfortzando. The second from the left is a Great to Pedal coupler. Access to the chambers is difficult bordering on impossible.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on July 26, 2021.

Database Manager on November 28, 2018:

Updated by Robert Faucher, who gave this as the source of the information: I personally inspected the organ..

Very limited accessibility to chambers due to Chancel renovations, many pipes damaged, windline removed between chambers, much mold and mildew throughout.

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

Database Manager on November 21, 2018:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Robert Faucher, who has heard or played the organ.
This building was originally built as the Chapel of the new Jerusalem (Swedenborgian). When the chapel was founded and built in 2901, it was on the property of founder Arthur A. Carey. According to the present chapel website, there were non-denominational services being held here as early as 1910.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.
Taken from console and pipework: Open In New Tab Originally published 7/26/2021
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on July 26, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Room: Photograph by Chapel website, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2020

Facade and console: Photograph by Chapel website, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2020

Facade and console: Photograph by Chapel website, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2020

Room back: Photograph by Chapel website, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2020

Building exterior: Photograph by Chapel website, submitted by John Roper. Taken on 2021-05-17

Great and pedal stops: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Swell stops: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Couplers: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Pedals, swell pedal, and crescendo pedal: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Thumb pistons: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Great facade removed showing pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Great access door: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Blower: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Great pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Pedal pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Pedal pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Great regulator: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Swell regulator: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Tremulant: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

Original water motor for generator.: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-07-26

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