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Geo. S. Hutchings (& Co.) (1890)

Originally E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings (Opus 822, 1876)

Location:

First Parish Unitarian
1 Powder House Rd.
Groton, MA 01450 US
Organ ID: 7281

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Unitarian, Universalist, Unitarian-Universalist
  • 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
  • 12 ranks. 653 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 12 stops. 12 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: 12
  • Registers: 12
  • 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: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 22, 2014:

Updated through online information from Aaron Stockwell.

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

Database Manager on September 08, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- According to parish records and notes by Col. Daniel Needham, the organ was purchased from St. John's Episcopal Church in Boston. The Hook opus list shows opus 822 as having been built for Church of the Advent. The sale was represented by Geo. S. Hutchings, who removed it from St. John's and re-erected it in Groton by May 1, 1890. The total cost was $1,000.00, and the organ was first used on May 4, 1890. The organ has a 3-sectional facade of 17 gold-painted pipes arranged: 3-11-3. The unison couplers are via drawknob, but the Swell to Great Octave Coupler is actuated via hitch-down. The organ was restored in stages by Andover: R-233, 1982; R-233A, 198_; R-233B, 198_, and R-233C, 1987. The Hook replaced a previous organ which had been in use since 1845. Sources: Parish records, Hook opus list; Andover opus list; extant organ documented March, 1988.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From Church of the Advent, Boston. Restored by Andover 1982, R-233, 2-12.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist copied from the keydesk March, 1988
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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