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Thaddeus H. H. Outerbridge, III (1983)

Originally Stevens & Co. (1852)

Location:

The First Church in STerling
6 Meetinghouse Hill Rd. / PO Box 40
Sterling, MA 01564 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 68732

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Federated Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original 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 September 24, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider, Information unknown or not applicable
  • 16 ranks. 906 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops. 14 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Thaddeus H. H. Outerbridge, III
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Thaddeus H. H. Outerbridge, III
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
  • Built by Thaddeus H. H. Outerbridge, III
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.
Ronna R Davis:
  • Built by Thaddeus H. H. Outerbridge, III
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 14
  • Registers: 14
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.
Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021:

Updated through online information from Ronna A. Davis. -- This was the replacement of the 1963 Earl W. Reed console with new, low-profile, terraced stopjamb console with increased couplers and combination action. The Great and Swell slider chests were rebuilt. A new swellbox was built. The wind system was revised with new Great, Swell, and Pedal regulators. And a new Tremolo was installed. The tonal design was revised for better pipe scale poportions and blend between old and new pipework.

In 2004, Thad Outterbridge also releathered both the primary and motor pneumatics of the Swell expression shutters. Reed switch contacts were also installed for the Swell expression pedal.

The organ has been rebuilt and revised so many times that very little of the original Stevens remains - only the case and portions of the Great 8' Op. Diapason, 4' Octave, and 2' Fifteenth.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.
Taken from both submitted documents and photos by Ronna A. Davis: Open In New Tab Originally published 1995
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Jim Stettner on August 22, 2021.
  • The First Church - Webpage of the church wherein the Geo. Stevens organ is located

Instrument Images:

Organ case: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

Console: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

Pedalboard: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

Swell Pedal and Crescendo Pedal: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

Right stop jamb: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

Left stop jamb: Photograph by Will Sherwood, submitted by Ronna R Davis. Taken on 2021-07-12

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