Our Lady of the Valley
Roman Catholic Church
Easthampton, Massachusetts

J. W. Steere & Son, Springfield, Mass., Opus 504, 1902, 2 manuals, 20 ranks,
Weigle Patented Tubular-pneumatic action (Two-pressure Membrane chests);
Rebuilt during 1989 by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc.:
Pitman and Unit Electro-pneumatic action,
with original manual and pedal compasses (61 keys and 30 pedals);
Tonal Renovations, Chimes Installation,
enlargement to 24 ranks by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. 1999-2001

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The original building for Our Lady of the Valley was ravaged by fire in the late 19th Century and was rebuilt on the same foundation, at which time a large and elegant Steere organ was installed.  The splendid stained glass windows, featuring brilliant blues, date from the 1950s and 1960s, and are largely the work of the Connick Studios of Boston; some older windows remain in the chancel.  In 1971, the pipe organ’s main wind reservoir burst and the instrument became unplayable.  Fortunately, the Parish had the foresight to envision a future restoration and refused to sell the pipework.

Over the next seventeen years, during which an electronic instrument was used, funds were raised for the rebuilding of the organ in 1989 by Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc.  Followed during 1999-2001, the Firm completed Tonal Renovations and enlargement of the organ from 20 to 24 ranks (of old stock from other sources), carefully matched to Steere style, and rearrangement of string ranks (with original scaling and voicing) for Celeste’s on both manuals.

The organ still retains its original character while having 20th century technology in the console.  The gentle sound of this instrument is enhanced by the warm acoustics of the church.

STOPLIST

GREAT
 
1.
Open Diapason
8'
2.
Melodia
8'
3.
Dulciana
8'
4.
Unda Maris (CC)
8'
5.
Octave
4'
6.
Flute d'Amour
4'
7.
Twelfth
2-2/3'
8.
Super Octave
2'
9.
Mixture III
1-1/3'
10.
Tuba
8'
11.
Chimes
 
 
  SWELL
 
12.
Bourdon
16'
13.
Open Diapason
8'
14.
Stopped Diapason
8'
15.
Viola da Gamba
8'
16.
Voix Celeste (CC)
8'
17.
Flute Harmonique
4'
18.
Violina
4'
19.
Flautina
2'
20.
Oboe and Bassoon
8'
21.
Solo Tuba (Great)
8'
22.
Tremolo
 
 
  PEDAL
 
23.
Open Diapason (wood)
16'
24.
  Bourdon
16'
 
 
   
25.
Lieblich Gedackt (Swell)
16'
26.
Open Diapason (metal)
8'
27.
Bourdon (extension)
8'
28.
Still Gedackt (Swell)
8'
29.
Octave (extension)
4'
30.
Stopped Flute (Swell)
4'
31.
Trombone (extension of Great Tuba)
16'
 
  COUPLERS
 
32.
Swell to Swell 16'
33.
Swell to Swell 4'
34.
Swell Unison Off
35.
Swell to Great 16'
36.
Swell to Great 8'
37.
Swell to Great 4'
38.
Great to Great 16'
39.
Great to Great 4'
40.
Great Unison Off
41.
Swell to Pedal 8'
42.
Swell to Pedal 4'
43.
Great to Pedal 8'
44.
Great to Pedal 4'
 
 

 

 

 

 






 

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