The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church (Old South)
29 Federal Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

OHS Database ID 6437.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 77, 1987-08-13.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition October 29, 2013.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 22 stops. 28 registers. 23 ranks. 1180 pipes. Manual compass is 56 notes. Pedal compass is 25 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Trigger/hitch-down swell. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Flat straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Restored by Andover 1974. (Owen lists as 25rk.) Two thunder pedals at bottom end of pedalboard. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Three-sectional facade with 23 stenciled pipes in 3 rounded arches arranged: 7-9-7. The organ cost $3,800 minus $700.00 for the existing 1888 Alley taken in trade. The organ was opened in a recital given by J.H. Willcox on Wed., October 17, 1866. The organ was restored by the Andover Organ Co. in 1973 as their opus R-173. The feeder are in storage, as is the inner of two sets of 9 horizontal Swell expression shutters. The restored organ was re-dedicated by Thomas Murray on December 15, 1974. Sources: extant organ documented April, 1988; Andover files; OHS 1987 Convention Handbook. (Database Manager. September 15, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Michael Martin. (Database Manager. October 29, 2013)

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Rear gallery and organ. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2009-06-29

Pipe organs in Massachusetts sponsored by Mssrs. Czelusniak et Dugal.

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  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.

  • First (Old South) Presbyterian Church, Newburyport, Mass.
    E. & G.G. Hook, Boston, Mass., Op. 396, 1866
    (Stoplist from OCH Web site, June 1997)
             16'  Bourdon Treble
             16'  Bourdon Bass
              8'  Open Diapason
              8'  Keraulophon Treble
              8'  Keraulophon Bass
              8'  Viol da Gamba (TC)
              8'  Melodia (TC)
              8'  Stopped Diapason Bass
              4'  Octave
              4'  Flute Harmonique 
          2 2/3'  Twelfth
              2'  Fifteenth
             II   Mixture
              8'  Trumpet Treble
              8'  Trumpet Bass
              8'  Krum Horn (TC)
             16'  Double Open Diapason
             16'  Double Stopped Diapason
                  Pedal Check
                  Two "thunder Pedals"
              8'  Open Diapason
              8'  Aeolina (TC)
              8'  Stopped Diapason Treble
              8'  Stopped Diapason Bass
              4'  Violina
              4'  Flauto Traverso
              2'  Piccolo
              8'  Oboe (TC)
              8'  Bassoon(bass)
              8'  Clarinet (TC)
                  Swell to Great
                  Great to Pedale
                  Swell to Pedale
       Two unlabeled pedals
       (Gr. piano and forte)
       Ratchet Swell pedal
           with built-in release
       mechanical action
    This organ, dedicated in October 1866, is the third for this building. The organ, 
    which is intact and original, was carefully restored by the Andover Organ Co. in 
    1974, under the supervision of Robert Newton. It is still cone tuned, and is tuned 
    a bit sharp. An unusual feature are the two "thunder pedals" at the left of the 
    Pedal board. They operate two extra pipes (A# and B below low C) of the Double 
    Open Diapason 16'.
  • Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.