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Andover Organ Co. (2015 )

Originally Wm. B.D. Simmons (1850 ca.)

Location:

St. Paul Roman Catholic Church | Harvard Square
Corner of Bow & Arrow Sts.
Cambridge , MA US
Sanctuary; transept
Organ ID: 70463

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic 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 Jim Stettner on March 24, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • 7 ranks. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 6 stops.
Transept :
  • Built by Wm. B.D. Simmons
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 6
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Pedal Compass: 20
  • 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 hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Andrew Scanlon on March 13, 2022.
Andrew Scanlon on March 26, 2022:

Rebuilt Andrew T. Smith, Cornish, NH 2004 according to plaque mounted inside keydesk above music rack. See picture

We received the most recent update for this note from Andrew Scanlon on March 26, 2022.

Andrew Scanlon on March 13, 2022:

This entry represents the moving to and re-installation of an existing organ in a new home.

A paper brochure guidebook to Saint Paul's Church says: "This chamber organ was built in the 1850s by William BD Simmons. Most recently, the organ was in use at Saint John's seminary in Brighton, MA.  The organ is very gently tempered and has six ranks of pipes."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 27, 2022.
Stoplist copied from a related OHS Database entry: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on March 28, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Organ case with sliding keydesk doors closed : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Organ case with sliding keydesk doors open : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Keydesk and pedals, showing hitch-down swell pedal on right : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Organ case: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Right stop jamb : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Left stop jamb: Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Builder’s nameplate : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

Nave view, showing Simmons organ in front, right transept : Photograph by Andrew Scanlon. Taken on 2022-03-12

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