Robert J. Reich (1958)

Originally Cole & Woodberry (1892)

Location:

Highland Congregational Church
Lowell, MA US
Organ ID: 57314

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on July 14, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 19 ranks. 1,067 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 17 stops. 17 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 14, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 17
  • Registers: 17
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • 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.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 14, 2019.
Database Manager on December 28, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on December 13, 2015:

This entry describes alterations to an existing organ. Identified by James R. Stettner, based on personal knowledge of the organ.

Robert J. Reich was the organist of the church at the time the tonal changes were made, and was also on staff at the Andover Organ Co. of Methuen, Massachusetts. On the Great, the 8' Flauto concerto was removed, and the shared bass applied to the 8' Flautileno. In its place a III Ripieno 2' was installed. On the Swell, the 8' Viola Ætheria was cut-down at scale to become a 4' Octava Clara. Similarly, the 4' Salicetto Dolce was cut-down at scale to become a 2' Quincena, and the 2' Violettino was cut-down at scale to become a 1-1/3 Nondecima.

By 1969, the building and organ had become the property of Montefiore Synagogue. When the building was razed in 1970, the organ was purchased by organ buff John Merriman and stored in Methuen, MA. In 1973 it was offered for resale through the Organ Clearing House for $2,500.00, and relocated to St. John's Episcopal in Kirkland, Washington in 1974.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

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