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Peter Sykes Recital
Stowe, Vermont
Wednesday, May 31, at Noon
The Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St., Stowe, VT presents distinguished organist Peter Sykes in recital on the church's 1864 Simmons organ, which we rebuilt in 2003 as our Opus R-372.
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 see the cover picture.  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-414
2006
Basilica of the Assumption
Thomas Hall 1819 – Hillborne Rooselvelt 1884 - Lewis & Hitchcock 1931 - Schantz Organ Company 1989
Baltimore, Maryland
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When Pius VI declared Baltimore as the first diocese in the United States in 1789, he also allowed, for one time only, the election of a Bishop by the priests of the new diocese. John Carroll was elected with a vote of 24 to 2. Carroll set about to build the first Catholic cathedral in the United States. Until the American revolution the Catholic Church was a persecuted minority and Carroll wanted the new building to express their new freedom in an American way and not of the traditional Gothic buildings of Europe. He chose Benjamin Henry Latrobe who was the finest architect in the country. Latrobe designed the capitol building and was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson. The chosen design was neo-classical, a style that was new and unique at the time and developed by Latrobe along with Jefferson.

Work on the cathedral began in 1806 and moved slowly forward, but halted during the war of 1812. After the war work began again and the cathedral was completed in 1821. Using Greek components, Latrobe designed the portico with fluted columns that support a triangle pediment. The interior makes use of light and space with clear glass windows lining the north and south walls. The dome at the crossing has 24 skylights, each 10 feet long that allow light to pass through an opening in the inner dome and down into the rotunda. The result is a soft light seemingly coming from heaven.

The first organ was built by Thomas Hall of New York City and installed in 1819. It had three manuals and included a 32’ stop on the Pedal. It was the largest organ built to that time. In 1884 Hilborne Roosevelt installed a new instrument behind the Hall case, possibly using some of Hall’s large Pedal stops. Roosevelt added wings to the Hall case. The organ had tracker action to vental windchests. In 1931, the firm of Lewis & Hitchcock electrified the Roosevelt and installed a detached console. This lasted until 1989 when the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio installed new slider windchests operated by electro-pneumatic action under the Roosevelt pipes with no tonal changes. The new console had a 30 note flat Pedalboard and solid-state circuitry.

There had been many changes through years to the Cathedral that included adding stained glass and boarding up the deteriorating skylights. Green marble was laid on the floor, the chancel was enlarged and the walls painted grey. By the mid 1950’s the Basilica no longer met the needs of the diocese and a new, co-cathedral was built, Mary Our Queen, and the building badly needed structural work and restoration.

The 32 million dollar restoration takes the Basilica back to Latrobe’s vision and the once dark interior again shines forth in the spirit of light.

Andover was chosen to protect the organ and Team Leader Matthew Bellocchio, Al Hosman, David Zarges, Brian Harney and Casey Robertson removed the pipes and placed them into storage. The console was brought to Lawrence where the electronics were upgraded and a 30 note concave-radiating Pedalboard installed and the console made moveable on casters. The organ case and windchests were covered and sealed. In June, a new blower was installed in the organ and pipes returned. There was much cleaning to be done. Tonal work remained until most of the work in the Basilica was completed, and Bob Reich and Jonathan Ross regulated and tuned the pipework, finishing just in time for the rededication ceremony on November 4, 2006.

Andover is proud to have played a part in the fantastic restoration of the United States’ first Catholic Cathedral.