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  • Organ at Perkins School for the blind, in Watertown, MA

    Hi all, I know that this facility has an organ in it. I'm curious as to what brand it is. In looking at a database maintained I believe by the organ historical society, I found three instruments listed. One a Hook and Hastings, an Eolien Skinner, and a third instrument, the brand of which i cannot recall. Out of the three, the Skinner instrument was the one which they had the most information on. Is that the current instrument that is in there today?

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    Re: Organ at Perkins School for the blind, in Watertown, MA



    Hi!




    I was curious about this instrument as well. My hope was that the original Hook organ was stilll intact (and perhaps for sale), but no it wasn't. The information I got from the librarian of the Perkins School states:




    "The original 1862 E. & G.G. Hook organ was transported to Perkins'current location when the school moved in 1912. It was replaced in 1932 as a gift of the school's alumni at the centennial celebration in 1932. That organ was created by Skinner Organ Company and is still knocking
    our socks off."




    I'm surprisedno one has ever made a recording on this instrument. At any rate, here's the stoplist (courtesy of the Aeolian-Skinner Archives)





    Builder: Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Inc.
    Year: 1932
    Opus: 888

    No. manuals:		4
    No. stops: 43
    No. ranks: 39
    No. pipes: 2,568




    Specification


    Great

    	16'	Diapason		61
    8' First Diapason 61
    8' Second Diapason 61
    8' Flute 61
    8' Erzahler 61
    4' Octave 61
    4' Flute 61
    II Grave Mixture 122
    8' Tromba 61
    4' Clarion 61

    Swell

    	16'	Bourdon			73
    8' Diapason 73
    8' Rohrflote 73
    8' Salicional 73
    8' Voix Celeste 73
    8' Flauto Dolce 73
    8' Flute Celeste 61 tc
    4' Octave 73
    4' Flute Triangulaire 73
    III Mixture 183
    16' Waldhorn 73
    8' Trumpet 73
    8' Flugel Horn 73
    8' Vox Humana 73
    4' Clarion 73
    Tremolo

    Choir

    	8'	Geigen			73
    8' Concert Flute 73
    8' Kleine Erzahler 73
    8' Kleine Erzahler Celeste 73
    4' Flute 73
    2 2/3' Nazard 61
    2' Piccolo 61
    8' Clarinet 73
    Tremolo
    Chimes 20 tubes

    Echo-Antiphonal (prepared for)

    Pedal

    	16'	Diapason		32
    16' Diapason GT
    16' Bourdon 32
    16' Echo Lieblich SW
    8' Octave 12
    8' Gedeckt 12
    8' Still Gedeckt SW
    4' Flute 12
    16' Trombone 32
    8' Tromba 12
    Chimes CH

    Source: THE DIAPASON, May 1932, via Jonathan Bowen

    So there it is!
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