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E. & G. G. Hook (Opus 396, 1866)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church (Old South)
29 Federal Street
Newburyport, MA 01950 US
Organ ID: 6438

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 23 ranks. 1,180 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 22 stops. 28 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 28
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 56
  • 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: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on October 29, 2013:

Updated through online information from Michael Martin.

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

Database Manager on September 15, 2008:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Three-sectional facade with 23 stenciled pipes in 3 rounded arches arranged: 7-9-7. The organ cost $3,800 minus $700.00 for the existing 1888 Alley taken in trade. The organ was opened in a recital given by J.H. Willcox on Wed., October 17, 1866. The organ was restored by the Andover Organ Co. in 1973 as their opus R-173. The feeder are in storage, as is the inner of two sets of 9 horizontal Swell expression shutters. The restored organ was re-dedicated by Thomas Murray on December 15, 1974. Sources: extant organ documented April, 1988; Andover files; OHS 1987 Convention Handbook.

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 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restored by Andover 1974. (Owen lists as 25rk.) Two thunder pedals at bottom end of pedalboard.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1966): Open In New Tab Typed specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Rear gallery and organ: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2009-06-29

Detail of pipe stencil: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. 2010

Builder's nameplate : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. 2010

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. 2010

Detail of pedals: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken approx. 2010

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