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Andover Organ Co. (1981)

Originally W.B.D. Simmons & Co. (1877)

Location:

Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church
288 W. Main Street
Danville, VA 24541 US
Organ ID: 3177

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 10 ranks. 537 pipes. 2 divisions. 1 manuals. 10 stops. 9 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 10
  • Registers: 9
  • 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: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 04, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- I consulted the Andover opus list and files, the booklet "Four Organs of Historical Interest in Danville and Chatham, Virginia," and another booklet "The William B.D. Simmons Organ at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church Danville, Virginia." The date 1877 is generally ascribed to this organ since that is when it was purchased for $1,400.00 by the Unitarian-Universalist Church of South Acton, Massachusetts. The organ may have been built earlier, though, as two dates of October and November 1875 have been found inside the bellows. However, perhaps it was a stock bellows. The organ was removed from the South Acton church in 1971 because of a merger. It was moved to the Andover Organ Co. of Methuen, Massachusetts by the Organ Clearing House where it remained in storage until 1979, when Sacred Heart contracted with Andover to refurbish the organ for them, replacing an Everett "Orgatron." The organ was refurbished for $26,000.00, and was installed in early 1981. Some tonal changes were made. A 2' Fifteenth was added, and the original II Mixture was recomposed around the 2' Fifteenth. The case was altered to allow the Pedal pipes to be moved from the back of the organ to the sides. The pipe fence facade is entirely non-speaking, and appears to be 7-sectional containing 31 pipes arranged: 2-5-7-3-7-5-2. It's dedication was on March 22, 1981 by Earl L. Miller.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was W. B. D. Simmons (1877).

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 2001.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Relocated from the Universalist Church, South Acton, MA. Rebuilt with tonal changes.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on August 10, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph from the booklet, <i>Four Organs of Historical Interest in Danville and Chatham, Virginia</i>.

Keydesk: Photograph from the booklet, <i>Four Organs of Historical Interest in Danville and Chatham, Virginia</i>.

Manual key actions: Photograph from the booklet, <i>Four Organs of Historical Interest in Danville and Chatham, Virginia</i>.

Pedal pipes: Photograph from the booklet, <i>Four Organs of Historical Interest in Danville and Chatham, Virginia</i>.

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