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Roche Organ Co. (Opus 19, 1976)

Originally Multiple Builders (1926 & c.1887)
Exhibited in the 2005 OHS convention

Location:

Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church
80 Bay Street
Taunton, MA 02780 US
Organ ID: 5622

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 13 ranks. 735 pipes. 2 manuals. 9 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 9
  • 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 roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: No combination action.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2022:

Reconstruction utilizing Ryder chassis, keyboards and windchests; and Estey case, console shell, pedalboard and selected pipework.

The Ryder manual windchests were rebuilt with new plywood tables. The Great chest received new toeboards and new poplar sliders and gibs to accommodate its new stop arrangement. Two new diatonic pallet chests were built to accommodate the Estey Bourdon pipes at the sides. The Ryder 27-note Pedal Bourdon chest and pipes were eventually used to replace the twelve-note Pedal stop on a c. 1995 Jesse Woodberry in SS. Peter & Paul Roman Catholic Church in West Warwick, RI, which Roche enlarged in 1978.

Matthew Bellocchio designed a new five-section case facade, inspired by Thomas Appleton's designs, to replace the Estey pipe fence above the impost. The center tower pipes are dummies. The other case sections reuse the Estey facade pipes. When the organ was reinstalled, the window behind the organ was covered over to prevent drafts and to block light. During a redecoration of the church in 2004, the window covering was removed to permit the window to be illuminated by spotlights that were, unfortunately, attached to the swell box. The organ is now filled with plaster dust and a gray electrical box for the window lights is mounted on the lower case. -- 2005 OHS Handbook

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2022.

Database Manager on July 25, 2013:

Organ was part of the 2005 OHS Convention.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Uses chassis from Ryder #145, c.1887, from Brockton, Universalist (later Temple Beth Emunah), and some Estey parts.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
2005 OHS Handbook: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on May 11, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Nave, Balcony, and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2004-05-10

Balcony and Organ Case: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2004-05-10

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2004-05-10

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2004-05-10

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