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First Congregational Church
322 Main Street
Woburn, Massachusetts 01801

OHS Database ID 8039.

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Awards

This organ received OHS Citation number 264.


Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 6, 2008.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 38 stops. 32 registers. 33 ranks. 1660 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. 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 terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Attribution to John D.?] Brennan not certain. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • The original builder was E. & G. G. Hook (1860], Opus 283). (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Rebuild with tonal alterations. Bellows work by Bozeman c. 1988. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This was the rebuilding of the existing 1860 Hook organ with tonal changes and mechanical alterations. On the Great, the original 3' Twelfth was replaced with an 8' Gamba; and the original second II Mixture was replaced with an 8' Dulciana. On the Swell, an 8' Salicional replaced the original II Sesquialtera, and a bottom octave was added to the 8' Open Diapason. On the Choir, a bottom octave was also added to it's 8' Open Diapason, and the original 4' Celestina had harmonic holes drilled in it to make it a 2' register. No tonal changes were made to the Pedal, but a new pedalboard was provided even though the original 27-note compass was not changed. Other alterations included changing the original hitch-down swell mechanism to a balanced system, and changing the shutters from horizontal to vertical. New manuals were provided. The Pedal Check and Pedals at Octaves coupler were removed. And four composition foot trundles plus Great to Pedal Reversible were added. (Database Manager. July 6, 2008)

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