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    Thanks. I'm wondering whether anyone might be able to either direct me to the citation for our organ, or provide a copy of the citation from the Classified List. We're in the process of applying to the Organ Historical Society's Awards Program, and the citation might be helpful since we no longer have the Hutchings plaque, which, I'm told, would have been on the console! Fr. Dick

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    Sue North, Do you have any information about the Geo. S, Hutchings Organ, Opus 486, at Christ Episcopal Church, Ansonia, Ct. that The Hall Organ Co. modified in the 1920's? Would you have a copy of the Classified List of Hall Organs from which you could extract any information? Thanks, Fr. Dick

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    Hello. I came across this thread with great interest. I have a 1931 Hall organ installed in my home, Opus 605. It was originally installed in a church in West Haven CT, and I acquired it in 1982 when the church decided to sell it and replace it with with an electronic organ. To my knowledge, the organ has never been rebuilt and is still going strong...at 85 years of age! It is complete sans three of its longest 16-foot wooden pedal diapason pipes. Ceiling height prevented their installation. The organ also has a 16-foot stopped Bourdon rank, from which the lowest three notes are borrowed to help replace the three missing Diapason pipes.

    In 2011, I rewired the organ making it MIDI compatible. It still plays from the console as it always has, but now can be played using pre-recorded MIDI files from a laptop computer. It also has record and playback capabilities.

    I was told the last organ made by the Hall Organ Company is installed, and still in use, at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT. I believe that organ is Opus 678 (or perhaps 687). I had an opportunity to play that organ sometime in the mid 1980's.

    More information concerning Hall Organs, and other organs, may be gleaned from searching the Organ Historical Society database (Google "OHS Database").

    Geoff

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    I just saw this forum when I googled Hall Organ Co. My father, Clifford North was part of the company for many years. I believe after the company ceased, it became American Woodworking. I found many of the comments fascinating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdditLady View Post
    I just saw this forum when I googled Hall Organ Co. My father, Clifford North was part of the company for many years. I believe after the company ceased, it became American Woodworking. I found many of the comments fascinating.
    Fascinating to learn of this history fact. Thanks for sharing with the rest of our community, AdditLady

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    One Harry Hall Organ Co. opus

    The organ is St. Michael's Church in Litchfield, Conn. was a Hall installed in 1921 when the edifice was built. The instrument was replaced by a Moller in 1960, which was rebuilt by Quimby about four years ago.
    The case still in use stems from the original organ. It is my understanding that a few voices from the Hall instrument were incorporated into the Moller, as some from the Moller were reused by Quimby. In the photo of the organ as it appears today, if you take away the Moller/Quimby hanging wind chests, you can see the original Hall.

    [Could someone walk me thru how one posts photos on this site?]

    There was a magnificent three-manual Hall in the First Congregational Church in Naugatuck, Conn. This building is one of McKim Meade and White's most beautiful and impressive works. In December 1963 I remember hearing the first three cantatas of Bach's Christmas Oratorio accompanied by that organ. Probably it was replaced sometime in the 1970's.

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    I have a Hall Organ Company organ (Opus 605 - 1931) installed in my home. I relocated it to my home in 1982 from the First United Methodist Church in West Haven, CT. It has two manuals and 17 ranks. It still plays well and has its ORIGINAL leather. I agree with others on this thread that Hall organs were built to last. I believe the Hall Organ factory was located in the vicinity of 680 Campbell Avenue in West Haven CT, now a mostly vacant lot.

    In response to an article printed in the New Haven Journal Courier newspaper in 1982 about my organ installation, I received a telephone call from a Mrs. Harriett North who told me her late husband had been the president of Hall Organ Company. She told me she had documents and other memorabilia related to the company in her attic and offered me the opportunity to come look at and take whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, I never took up Mrs. North on her offer.

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