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Unknown Builder (1923 ca.)

Originally Goodrich & Appleton (1838)

Location:

Middle Street Christian Church
Middle & 6th Streets
New Bedford, MA US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 71816

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Disciples of Christ / Christian Church
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on September 22, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Goodrich & Appleton
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2022.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Goodrich & Appleton
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2022.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Goodrich & Appleton
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by Samuel Pierce
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • 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.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2022.
Jim Stettner on September 22, 2022:

This entry represents the relocating and installation of a used organ from one New Bedford church to another. Identified through online information from Bruce Gardzina. The organ was originally built for First Christian/North Christian and installed in the gear gallery. It was relocated to the front of the church and rebuilt by Samuel Pierce at an unknown date. The church suffered a fire in 1914 and was finally razed in 1923. The organ found a new home at Middle Christian.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on September 22, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior; facade: Photograph from an archival source: Found on Pinterest. Original source uncited., submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 1870

Organ as relocated to Middle Street Christian: Photograph from an archival source: Unknown, submitted by Bruce Gardzina. Taken approx. ca. 1925

Organ in front: Photograph from an archival source: Digital Commonwealth, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. February, 1926

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