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Hook & Hastings (Opus 1611, 1894)

Location:

St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church
Washington and Poplar Streets
Newport, RI US
Organ ID: 15860

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 27 ranks. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 24 stops. 30 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 24
  • Registers: 30
  • 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, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 28, 2017:

Updated by Scot Huntington, who maintains the organ.
The organ is located in a North chancel chamber with openings into chancel and nave. Both facades have decorated pipe fences with no woodwork above the impost. The chancel facade is cantilevered over the head of the organist, and consists of Open Diapason basses. The manual divisions are on the same plane, Swell behind the Great, and oriented to face the chancel. The Pedal Diapason fills the rear-chamber wall, and the ancillary 2-stop pedal chest is perpendicular to the manual chests speaking through the nave facade, with the Violoncello basses in the prospect. The windsystem was a large double-rise reservoir with feeders operated by a water motor. The pitch is A435, and the pressure is 3".
Oral church history relates the organ was designed by the church's English organist. While the stoplist is typical Hook & Hastings for the time, the doubled Great Diapasons are very atypical and don't become common in the company's largest instruments for another decade. This is likely the influence the church lore attributes to the organist.
The organ was electrified and tonally altered by the Hook & Hastings company in 1934, as what may have been their last project before the company closed. The quality of the work was marginal, and was assigned a new opus number: 2610.

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

Database Manager on March 01, 2005:

Identified from company publications as edited and expanded in The Hook Opus List 1829-1935, ed. William T. Van Pelt (Organ Historical Society, 1991).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist deduced from the extant material: Open In New Tab Original document from Scot Huntington. Originally published 2017-02-24
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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