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Mechanics Hall
321 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01608

OHS Database ID 6277.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 5, 1975-08-27.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 28, 2014.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical action with pneumatic assist [Barker levers or some similar device]. Mechanical stop action.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 52 stops. 52 registers. 64 ranks. 3504 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Flat straight pedalboard.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1995 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored & retrackerized Noack 1982. OH 1983. OHS Historic Organs Citation, re-awarded 27 Jun 1983 after restoration. Materials from Hook & Hastings Op. 371, (1865) from First A. M. E., Boston, MA used in restoration. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- Impetus for the organ came from a $1000 donation by Ichabod Washburn in 1863. Organ opened in October 1864 by J.H. Willcox. Organ repitched by George s. Hutchings in 1889. Extensive work done by Hook & Hastings in 1914 before the organ was electrified on its original chests a decade later. Restored/retrackerized by the Noack firm in 1982 as their opus 92. Rededicated September, 1982. This is the only extant, mechanical action, IV-man. Hook. (Database Manager. July 6, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Russ Nyland. -- Rededication 10/2014 (Database Manager. March 28, 2014)

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  • Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1968)
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    Mechanics Hall
    
    E. & G. G. Hook   Opus 334   1864                            4 manuals, 52 stops, 64 ranks
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                GREAT MANUAL                                  CHOIR MANUAL
     1.     16' Open Diapason          58         30.     16' ├ćolina & Bourdon       58
     2.      8' Open Diapason          58         31.      8' Open Diapason          58
     3.      8' Viola da Gamba         58         32.      8' Melodia                58
     4.      8' Stopped Diapason       58         33.      8' Dulciana               58
     5.      8' Claribella             58         34.      8' Keraulophon            58
     6.      4' Principal              58         35.      4' Flauto Traverso        58
     7.      4' Flute Harmonique       58         36.      4' Violin                 58
     8.  2 2/3' Twelfth                58         37.      2' Piccolo                58
     9.      2' Fifteenth              58         38.         Mixture 3 ranks       174
    10.         Mixture 3 ranks       174         39.      8' Clarinet               58
    11.         Mixture 5 ranks       290
    12.     16' Trumpet                58                     SOLO MANUAL        
    13.      8' Trumpet                58         40.      8' Philomela              58
    14.      4' Clarion                58         41.      8' Salicional             58
                                                  42.      4' Hohl Pfeife            58
                SWELL MANUAL                      43.      2' Piccolo                58
    15.     16' Bourdon                58         44.      8' Tuba                   58
    16.      8' Open Diapason          58         45.      8' Corno Inglese          58
    17.      8' Stopped Diapason       58
    18.      8' Viol d'Amour           58                     PEDALE
    19.      4' Principal              58         46.     16' Open Diapason          30
    20.      4' Flute Octaviante       58         47.     16' Violone                30
    21.      4' Violin                 58         48.     16' Bourdon                30
    22.  2 2/3' Twelfth                58         49.      8' Violoncello            30
    23.      2' Fifteenth              58         50. 10 3/4' Quinte                 30
    24.         Mixture 5 ranks       290         51.      8' Flute                  30
    25.     16' Trumpet                58         52.     16' Posaune                30
    26.      8' Cornopean              58
    27.      8' Oboe                   58
    28.      4' Clarion                58
    29.      8' Vox Humana             58
    
                MECHANICAL REGISTERS                          COMBINATION PEDALS
    53.         Swell to Great Coupler            No. 1.      Great Forte
    54.         Swell to Choir Coupler            No. 2.      Great Piano
    55.         Choir to Great Coupler            No. 3.      Swell Forte
    56.         Solo to Great Coupler             No. 4.      Swell Piano
    57.         Choir to Solo Coupler             No. 5.      Choir Forte
    58.         Great to Pedale Coupler           No. 6.      Choir Piano
    59.         Choir to Pedale Coupler           No. 7.      Pedale (operates on Nos. 46,
    60.         Choir to Pedale (super 8ves)                    50, 51, and 52, and with the
    61.         Swell to Pedale Coupler                         aid of Ventils (Nos. 66 & 67),
    62.         Solo to Pedale Coupler                          allows of various combinations
    63.         Tremulant ("swell")               No. 8.      Couplers Forte
    64.         Bellows Signal                    No. 9.      Couplers Piano
    65.         Pedale Check                      No. 10.     Great to Pedale (reversible)
    66.         Ventil (for No. 46)                           Balanced Swell Pedal, with
    67.         Ventil (for Nos. 50, 51, & 52)                  double action
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-11-30]
    
    
  • Click Here Typed specification. Source: from Boston Organ Club Newsletter (September 1968) Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.