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J. W. Steere & Son (1901)

Location:

First Church of Christ, Congregational
75 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06032 US
Organ ID: 50176

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ is no longer at this location; destroyed, dispersed, relocated or taken in trade.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 12, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Membrane
  • 41 ranks. 2,346 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 36 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Membrane chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Slider Motors: Pneumatic (EP or TP) slider motors.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 12, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 36
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Tubular-pneumatic connection from key to chest.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 12, 2019.
Database Manager on July 12, 2019:

Updated by Edward Clark, naming this as the source of information: Inaugural Recital Program, 12/10/1901 and records in the archives of First Church of Christ.
Inaugural program listed 53 stops, but that included couplers, tremolos and seven pneumatic pistons.
Console had \"Invariable Combinations for all three Manuals, Couplers and Pedal, Simultaneously - Seven Pneumatic Pistons on Ledge of Manual III.\" Piston No. 5 \"0\" Escape Stop; Piston No. 6 \"On\" to connect the Stop Action; Piston No. 7 \"Off\" to disconnect the Stop Action.
The organ had a Water-Motor and used \"The Carl G. Weigle System of Tubular Pneumatic Action and Membrane Wind Chests, with Weigle’s
Keyboard and Register Action applied to the Organ.\"

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on July 13, 2019.

Database Manager on August 02, 2012:

Identified through online information from Will Dunklin. -- Parts of the Steere were incorporated into the Austin installed in 1927.

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

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