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Amherst, Massachusetts    ?    Grace Episcopal Church
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Amherst, MA Grace EpiscopalThe present instrument in Grace Church is an essentially new organ incorporating many recycled parts. Manual windchests, framing, and many key and stop action parts are from an organ built by J.G. Marklove, opus 131, 1883. Most pipework has been retained from the previous Grace Church organ by M.P. Moeller, opus 7697, 1949, with additional pipework by S.S. Hammill, builders of Grace Church's first organ, J.H. & C.S. Odell, and Hook & Hastings, among others. The only new pipework in the organ is that of the Pedal Trombone Stop, constructed in the Stuart shop. The new casework, displaying basses of the Great Bourdon and Open Diapason, utilizes altered panelling, posts and finials from George S. Hutchings organ, opus 338, of the former Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, Holyoke, Mass. Recycled parts were relocated through the Organ Clearing House, Harrisville, N.H., Alan M. Laufman, director. 

Tonally, the organ is designed as a broad spectrum service playing instrument, supportive of congregational singing and choral accompaniment, and capable of convincing performances of most repertoires in both service voluntary and recital usage. Tonal, visual, and mechanical design are by Richard S. Hedgebeth, head of the Stuart Organ Co., Aldenville, Mass., builders of the organ. Assisting in the project were Kenneth Ahlberg, John Alberti, Thomas Asher, Joseph Beauvais, David Koziol, Christopher Lavoie, Randall Steere and Martin Walsh.

The Organ
Great Organ Swell Organ Pedal Organ

Bourdon 16     *Stopt Diapason 8     Dbl. Diapason 16
Open Diapason 8     *Viola 8     Sub Bass 16
Spire Flute 8     Viola Celeste TC 8     Principal 8
Principal 4     Flute 4     Choral Bass 4
Fifteenth 2     Fifteenth 2     Mixture V
Mixture III
    Sesquialtera II
    Trombone 16
Trumpet 8     Cremona 8


    * lowest octave shared

Couplers: Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal, Swell to Great
Mechanical key action throughout
Mechanical stop action to manual stops
Electro-pneumatic stop action to pedal stops
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