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Wayland, Massachusetts


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Rheinberger Organ Sonatas
Bruce Stevens, Organist
Volume 5 Released
July 19, 2017
Raven Compact Discs has released Volume 5 of Bruce Steven's series of the Rheinberger organ sonatas. The disc features three sonatas (No.7 in F minor, No.9 in B minor, No.13 in E-Flat Major) played on three historic American organs: the 1860 E. & G.G. Hook at St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine; the 1898 Geo. Jardine & Son at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Haverstraw, New York; and the 1868 E. & G.G. Hook at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. CLICK HERE for more information. Andover restored the latter two instruments and cares for all three.
Andover Opus 63 For Sale
Durham, New Hampshire
June 15, 2017
Andover Opus 63 (1967) is for sale, due to the death of its owner. The instrument has 2 manuals, 10 stops, 12 ranks. Looking for a home organ with a very reasonable price? CLICK HERE for details.
Andover Opus 73 For Sale
 Andover Opus 73 is for sale, due to a church closing. The instrument has 2 manuals, 21 stops, 29 ranks. CLICK HERE for details.
AOC 2016 NEWSLETTER
Now Posted Online
January 01, 2017
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2016 Newsletter.
Round Lake Organ
is designated a
National Historic Landmark
On January 11, 2017 the 3 manual 1847 Davis & Ferris Organ in the Round Lake (NY) Auditorium was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. It is the first pipe organ to receive this designation. Andover has maintained the organ since the 1960s.
1906 Jesse Woodberry
Organ Restoration
Lowell, Massachusetts
Andover has been contracted to restore the 1906 Jesse Woodberry organ at St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell, MA. With 3 manuals and 56 ranks, it is the largest organ built by Woodberry, and the largest surviving pipe organ in the City of Lowell. The instrument has been unplayable for nearly a decade. The project will be done in three stages (Console & Choir; Swell; Great & Pedal) over three years, starting this spring, with completion by early 2020.
Opus R-500 Featured in
October 2015 TAO Magazine
Opus R-500, at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, is the cover feature article in the October 2015 issue of The American Organist, the national magazine of the American Guild of Organists. CLICK HERE to read the article about the rebuilding of the organ.
AOC 2015 NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2015 Newsletter.
Opus R-205B
Reinstallation Video
In 2013 we restored the 1895 (II/9) Hutchings organ at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA. A church member made a stop-action video of Jonathan Ross and Andrew Hagberg reinstalling the pipework. Click here to see the video.
Two Large Organs For Sale
Two large, very fine two-manual organs are now for sale: an 1859 E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 244, with 25 stops (30 ranks); and an 1874 Johnson & Son, Opus 440, with 23 stops (28 ranks).  Both instruments date from the golden age of their respective builders.  Further details are available in our Organs For Sale section.
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Opus R-374
2001
Church on the Hill
William A. Johnson, Opus 281, 1869
Lenox, Massachusetts
Andover Organ Company Opus R-374

Andover Organ Company has reinstalled the William A. Johnson Opus 281 in the balcony of Church on the Hill (UCC), Lenox, Massachusetts, where the organ has sat for 134 years. Andover removed the organ from the 1806 building for restoration in August, 1991.

This organ is an amazingly well preserved example of the work of Johnson, a stonemason who became interested in organs at age 29 when the Hooks installed an organ in his home church in Westfield, MA. He began building organs during the winter months when stonemasonry was slow. He was described by a contemporary in 1849 as "one of the most ingenious men in this region." By the end of his career, his company had built 500 organs, Opus 281 being in about the middle, built in 1869. His work is very well respected today.

It is rare that such an organ has not been relocated or altered. Andover’s task was to repair cracks, remove dirt, replace leather, and reproduce the stenciling on the case pipes, which had been covered in gold paint. The company routinely cares for instruments in excess of 150 years old.

Organist John Cheney led the fund-raising effort, feeling that it was up to him to save the organ. Working with Andover's co-tonal director John Morlock and president Donald H. Olson, they established a plan to restore the instrument. Andover had already releathered the reservoir in 1988.

The case pipes were stripped layer by layer, original designs meticulously traced, and original blue with gold leaf motifs restored by Eleanor Richardson of Andover. Old brown paint and stain were removed from the case by Al Hosman, and an oil finish applied.

An unexpected treasure turned up inside the organ - one organist had slipped her lists of hymns through a crack in the case at the end of every Sunday's service. Little did she know they would be celebrated as an archive years later.