Foley-Baker Organ

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George Greenleaf Hook built an organ, their Opus11, for the Charitable Baptist Society of Providence, Rhode Island, and was a gift from the Honorable Nicholas Brown. This case consisted of the central five sections of the present case and most of the side panels.

Hilborne L. Roosevelt added the outer 2 flats of pipes in 1884 to accommodate an expanded pedal division. This instrument was of about 25 stops and typified organs built in New England during that period. This organ survived intact for 50 years until 1884 when Hilborne L. Roosevelt of New York rebuilt the organ as his Opus 150. This instrument had approximately the same number of stops as the E. & G.G. Hook organ. The most visible change was that the case expanded at the sides nearly 4 feet to accept the pedal pipes as they were placed at the sides of the new manual chest.

This organ was altered and enlarged by Ernest M. Skinner twice in the 1920′s. Mr. Skinner never put this organ on his opus list since he never really changed the organ mechanism, and only changed one or two stops at a time.

By 1958 the organ action had become unreliable and was no longer an intact style of instrument.
Wicks Organ Co. of Highland, IL rebuilt the organ as their Opus 3801, consisting of 3 manuals and 31 ranks. This organ remained mechanically sound into the 1980′s, and by January of 1999 the church contracted with Foley-Baker Incorporated, of Bolton, Connecticut to rebuild the organ. Nineteen new ranks were added to complete the divisions and gain maximum flexibility in the performance of music from as many styles and periods as possible. The organ was completely dismantled and removed from the case in January of 2000 and the work commenced.

The divisions were reconfigured to let the Great and Swell divisions speak directly into the body of the church and to place the Choir division nearest to the choir singers. The pedal was also placed for it’s clearest speech as an accompaniment to polyphonic music and as solo in cantus firmus style of writing, where the melodies are placed in the pedal department. The specification now contains 2843 pipes, 80 stops, and 49 ranks. It is our sense and our hope that the beauty and integrity of this fine instrument in our community will further enhance a music ministry that has both a history and ongoing goal of fostering a genuine ecumenical and community spirit through the arts.

SPECIFICATIONS

Great CC-c4, 61 notes; 5′ W.P.

16′ Double Diapason (1-12-Choir Dulciana; 13-61 from Gt 8′ Open Diapason)

8′ Open Diapason 1-12 1834 façade 4′ W.P.; 13-61 1884; 61 pipes

8′ Harmonic Flute (1-12 Pr. Flute bass, 13-61 Gt 4′ Harm. Flute; 1884; revoiced; 61 pipes)

8′ Choir Dulciana

8′ Choir Flute Celeste II

4′ Octave 1884; 61 pipes

4′ Rohr Flute 1958 (revoiced; 73 pipes)

2 2/3′ Twelfth 1884; 61 pipes

2′ Fifteenth 1958 (rescaled and revoiced; 61 pipes)

2′ Rohr Fife (from 4′ Rohr Flute)

IV-V 2′ Mixture 2000; 274 pipes

16′ Trumpet 2000; 12 pipes

8′ Trumpet 1958; 73 pipes

4′ Clarion (from 8′ Trumpet)

Chimes

M.I.D.I.

Swell CC-c4; 61 notes; 4′ W.P. (Enclosed)

16′ Bourdon 1958; 12 pipes

8′ Open Diapason 1884; 61 pipes

8′ Stopped Diapason 1834; 61 pipes

8′ Salicional 1884; 61 pipes

8′ Voix Celeste (Skinner) 61 pipes

4′ Principal 1884;Swell Gemshorn revoiced; 73 pipes

4′ Hohl Flute 1884; 73 pipes

2 2/3′ Nazard (Skinner Erzahler) 61 pipes

2′ Octave (from 4′ Principal)

2′ Flageolet (from 4′ Hohl Flute)

1 3/5′ Tierce 2000; 61 pipes

IV 2′ Mixture 1958 & 2000 (recomposed and revoiced Wicks Gt Mixture) 244 pipes

16′ Bassoon 2000; 12 pipes

8′ Trumpet 1958 (Cor di Amour from Wicks Choir revoiced and opened up) 73 pipes

8′ Flugel Horn (Skinner) 61 pipes

8′ Vox Humana (not installed as of May 2001)

4′ Clarion (from 8′ Trumpet)

Tremulant

Swell to Swell 16′

M.I.D.I.

Choir CC-c4, 61 notes 4″ W.P. (Enclosed)

16′ Dulciana 1958; 73 pipes

8′ Spitz Principal 1958 (8′ Spitz Flute revoiced) 61 pipes

8′ Gedeckt 1958 (8′ Nason Flute revoiced) 61 pipes

8′ Dulciana (from 16′ Dulciana)

8′ Flauto Dolce (Skinner) regulated as found; 73 pipes

8′ Flute Celeste (Skinner) voiced to matched 8′ Fl. Dolce; 73 pipes

4′ Principal 2000; 61 pipes

4′ Wald Flute 1884; Gt Principal Flute Tenor octave up; 73 pipes

4′ II Flauto Dolce Celeste

2 2/3′ Nasat 2000; 73 pipes

2′ Piccolo (from 4′ Wald Flute)

1 3/5′ Terz 2000; 61 pipes

1 1/3′ Quint (from 2 2/3′ Nasat)

III Scharff 1 1/3′ 2000; 183 pipes

16′ Basset Horn 2000; 12 pipes

8′ Cromorne 1958; 61 pipes

4′ Rohr Schalmei 2000; 61 pipes

8′ Trompette Harmonique 2000; (5′ W.P.) 61 pipes

Choir Continued

Tremulant

Choir to Choir 16′

M.I.D.I.

Pedal CCC-G, 32 notes; 4′ W.P.

32′ Contra Bourdon 2000 Digital Electronic voice

32′ Lieblich Bourdon 2000 Digital Electronic voice

16′ Open Diapason 1834; rescaled smaller with Haskel Tube inserts 28 pipes

16′ Bourdon 1884; 32 pipes

16′ Swell Lieblich Gedeckt

16′ Choir Dulciana

8′ Octave 1-12-1958 & 13-32-2000; 32 pipes

8′ Bass Flute 2000; 12 pipes

8′ Swell Gedeckt

8′ Violin Cello 1884; 32 pipes

8′ Choir Dulciana

4′ Choral Bass 2000; 32 pipes

4′ Choir Wald Flute

4′ Swell Salicional

III-IV Mixture 2000 (draws 4′ C.B. too) 71 pipes

32′ Contra Bombard 2000; Digital Electronic voice

16′ Trombone 2000; to typical Roosevelt scale; 32 pipes

16′ Swell Bassoon

8′ Great Trumpet

8′ Choir Cromorne

4′ Swell Clarion

4′ Choir Rohr Schalmei

M.I.D.I.

Couplers

Great to Pedal

Swell to Pedal

Choir to Pedal

Swell to Great 16′

Swell to Great

Choir to Great 16

Choir to Great

Swell to Swell 16′

Choir to Choir 16

Manual Transfer (Reverses Great and Choir Keyboards)

Pedal to Great

Accessories

New Manual and Pedal Keyboards

Multi Level Combination Action

Programmable Crescendos and Tuttis

M.I.D.I. on all Keyboards

Electrically Driven Zimbelstern (on Toe Stud Reversible Only)

Adjustable Bench with Back Rest

Sequencer with Record (3 ½” floppy disc)& Playback by Viscount

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