Pipe Organ Database

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Unknown Builder (1932)

Originally George Warren Reed (& Son) (1903)

Location:

First Congregational Church, UCC
429 Main Street
Ashfield, MA 01330 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 2996

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Churches of Christ (UCC)
  • 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 Jim Stettner on December 09, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 18 ranks. 1,033 pipes. 2 manuals.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In center 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
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • 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 Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jim Stettner on December 06, 2020:

This organ received OHS Historic Citation No. 420 on May, 14, 2017.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on December 06, 2020.

Jim Stettner on December 05, 2020:

The organ was fully restored by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. of Northampton, Massachusetts between 2018 and 2020 including re-stenciling the facade pipes in colors complementary to the church decor. The former Pedal 16' Dulciana installed by Allen Hastings and made from 1-12 Estey Haskell basses marked "Viol", with the remainder being the original Violoncello - was restored to an 8' ViolinCello.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on December 06, 2020.

Database Manager on September 12, 2006:

Updated through online information from David King. -- Apparently there was originally an 8' Viol or Viola da Gamba on the pedal. It was replaced with a 16' Dulciana during a rebuild in the 1950s. The bellows still has the original leather, and the feeders are present, though not in use. The 33-note facade speaks, being drawn from the Great 8' open and 8' Dulciana. The facade was originally stencilled but has been repainted plain gold. Other than this, the organ is in original shape and full working condition. -- Both manuals are 61-note. Pedalboard is 27 note.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From R. C. [Blessed Sacrament, Holy Trinity or Sacred Heart?] , Greenfield, MA. Altered.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist copied from the keydesk (pre-restoration); Database photos of the keydesk (post-restoration): Open In New Tab Originally published February 26, 2016; Updated December 6, 2020
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on December 06, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ case in front: Photograph by Church Facebook page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2018-01-11

Organ in front: Photograph by Church Facebok page, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2018-01-11

Stenciled facade: Photograph by Church website with permission, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. August 2020

Organ in front of church: Photograph by Gerard McGovern, submitted by Bill Czelusniak. Taken on 2020-06-13

Organ in front of sanctuary: Photograph by Gerard McGovern, submitted by Bill Czelusniak. Taken on 2020-06-13

Keydesk area with manuals, stops, and pedalboard: Photograph by Gerard McGovern, submitted by Bill Czelusniak. Taken on 2020-06-13

Keydesk: manuals & stops: Photograph by Gerard McGovern, submitted by Bill Czelusniak. Taken on 2020-06-13

OHS Citation No. 420, May 14, 2017: Photograph from an archival source: Organ Historical Society, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. 2017

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