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S. L. Huntington & Co. (1988)

Originally Berkshire Organ Co., Inc. (Opus 139-R, 1984)

Location:

Trinitarian Congregational Church
54 Walden St.
Concord, MA 01742 US
Sanctuary; front
Organ ID: 69396

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: United Churches of Christ (UCC)
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider, Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 3 divisions. 2 manuals.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.

Swell (Expressive):
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.
Front Gallery:
  • Built by Geo. S. Hutchings (& Co.)
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • 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 a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.
Jim Stettner on October 18, 2021:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington. -- The Berkshire was a motely collection of floor-sweepings pipework, at least two ranks having pipework from 5(!) different sources. It was typical of the builder's work: excessively chiffy, low cut ups and little to no nicking, pipework pushed to the edge of functionality, and extreme brilliance. In 1988 at the request of the organist Victoria Wagner, a college classmate of the rebuilder, the organ was revoiced and some pipework reworked on a marginal shoestring budget. A proposal to rebuild the organ with new, custom-designed pipework was continually shelved over the next two decades. Following rebuilding of the Frazee pipe chamber as the organist's study and other work in the building in the 2000's, the organ was improperly protected. Consequently, the chamber and pipework was covered with plaster and sawdust, the church refusing thereafter to allocate funds to properly depipe and clean the instrument.

The rear gallery was off limits to the organ after first being proposed in 1988, until the ban was suddenly lifted for a new tracker organ in 2016. The choir area in front with the Berkshire was overly crowded for a growing choir sitting in heavy, unnecessarily large oak chairs. Moving the music forces to the rear gallery was an improvement for all the musical forces.

The original stop labels for the Berkshire were in what was described by the builder as "International Nomenclature". Instead of stop names, pictoral depictions of the pipe form constitued the stop name-- a V for the Trumpet, and inverted V for the Gemshorn, the outline of a chimney pipe cap for the Rohrgedeckt, parallel lines of various widths for strings and principals, and a sine wave squiggle for the Tremolo. These were replaced in 1988 with traditional stop labels.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on October 18, 2021.

Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021:

According to a history of the parish organs published in the 2016 Noack dedication program, "In 1988 S. L. Huntington & Co. of Stonington, Connecticut made significant tonal improvements to the Berkshire by revoicing and reordering its available musical resources. The rededicated instrument was celebrated in concert on October 17, 1988 with recitalists Victoria Wagner, Greg Crowell, Daryl Bichel, Earl Eyrich, and Peter Sykes."

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.
Stoplist copied from the keydesk: Open In New Tab Originally published Summer 1988
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Scot L. Huntington on October 18, 2021.
Description of the Berkshire Organ: Open In New Tab Observations about the pipework and mechanism of the 1984 Berkshire organ before its 1988 tonal revision and repairs.
Document created on 2021-10-16
We received the most recent update for this document from Jim Stettner on October 16, 2021.

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