John Speller's Web Pages St. John's Episcopal Church, Hardwick VT

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This organ, originally built for the Universalist Church in St. Alban's, Vermont in 1887, this instrument is believed to be the last surviving organ of Vermont organbuilder Edward H. Smith, whose life was tragically cut short when a steam engine was accidentally dropped on him. It has a very well made and elaborate case, and a slightly idiosyncratic coupler action. The organ was visited on the 2013 Organ Historical Society Convention. The stoplist is as follows:

Great: C-c4, 61 notes

8' Open Diapason 61, 1-17 in facade
8' Dulciana 61
8' Melodia 61

Swell: C-c4, 61 notes, enclosed

8' Stopped Diapason 61
8' Salicional 61
4' Flute Harmonique 61
8' Oboe (TC) 49
Tremolo

Pedal: C-d1, 30 notes

16' Bourdon 27

Engine [operating hydraulic blower?]

Couplers:

Great to Great Octaves
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

This was the original specification. Some tonal changes were made to the instrument by the Andover Organ Co. in 1997.

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