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Stevens & Co. (1852)

Location:

First Church, Unitarian
6 Meetinghouse Hill Rd.
Sterling, MA 01564 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 1382

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Federated Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on September 24, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 13 stops.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Stevens & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on July 13, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Stevens & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on July 13, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Stevens & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on July 13, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Stevens & Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 13
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • 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 hinged doors that enclose keyboards.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Trigger/hitch-down swell.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on July 13, 2021.
Database Manager on July 13, 2019:

Updated by Ronna Davis, who has heard or played the organ. -- The organ was acquired for $916.38, and was installed in a rear gallery. In 1886, the organ was moved to the front, Northwest corner of the sanctuary to permit construction of an enclosed balcony at the rear of the church.

In 1929, Rev. F.T. Crane, a minister and an organist, installed a mechanical blower using a blacksmith's forge blower made by the Buffalo Forge Company. Prior to this, the organ was hand-pumped with teenage boys furnishing the power.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Electrified.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ case in front: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R. Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

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