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Berkshire Organ Co., Inc. (Opus 48, 1969)

Originally Steere & Turner [John S. Steere] (Opus 82, 1874)

Location:

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
395 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01104 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 7275

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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, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on December 21, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 8 stops. 11 registers.
Manual:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Steer & Turner [J.W. Steer]
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on December 21, 2020.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Steer & Turner [J.W. Steer]
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on December 21, 2020.
Main:
  • Built by Steer & Turner [J.W. Steer]
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 8
  • Registers: 11
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • 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: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: No enclosed divisions.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on December 21, 2020.
Database Manager on January 06, 2019:

Updated by David Gauthier, who maintains the organ.

The following information was physically verified by David Gauthier in 2018.
Tonal & Mechanical Rebuilding by Berkshire Organ Company of W. Springfield, MA 1969, as indicated on the nameplate.
Organblo blower (located in the N. Tower), replaced with a Ventis along with a bellows.
The following have been removed: Combination, Swell, Tremulant, Bellows Signal.
Pedal windchests are stamped, \"F.C.MILLER\", for Frederick C. Miller of Steere & Turner.
Stop knobs are stamped, \"W. BOYRER PATP NOV. 9, 1869\", for William Boyrer of NY.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on January 07, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Altered Berkshire? 1969, 1-10.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist: BOC 52:7: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on December 21, 2020.
Sacred Heart Organ Update by Berkshire Organ Company: Open In New Tab OHS archive documents related to the 1969 update by the Berkshire Organ Company to include a history of the church and organ, contract, notes.
We received the most recent update for this document from David Gauthier on December 16, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2017-01-05

Organ in Rear Gallery: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2016-09-22

Console: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2018-12-30

Left Stop Jamb: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2016-06-03

Right Stop Jamb: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2016-06-03

Stop imprint, "W. BOYRER PATP NOV. 9, 1869": Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2018-12-14

Pipework: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2018-06-14

Pedal windchest stamped, "F.C.MILLER": Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2015-12-16

Nameplate: Photograph by David Gauthier. Taken on 2015-09-22

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