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Andover Tracker Organ (1966), 51 notes, 5 stops.

This small tracker organ was built in 1966 by the Andover Organ Company of Methuen, MA for the Bradford College, a small liberal arts school in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

This instrument has been well maintained throughout its life. When the school closed in 2000 the assets were sold and a Montreal musician purchased the organ. He had it retuned to A = 415 (baroque pitch) and brought into concert-ready condition by Juget-Sinclair Organbuilders of Montreal, QU. It has subsequently been maintained by them and was revoiced in the winter of 2003.

It is currently being used as a continuo instrument for in-home concerts but it has enough volume for a medium-sized hall or a church. It would be well suited to a professional musician, a serious student or a dedicated amateur player as a home or studio instrument. Its small size and portability would make it admirably suited to a professional or amateur touring ensemble, a seasonal church or music camp, a school or a summer music academy. It would make a fine addition to a music festival or concert venue that would like to have its own small organ. It could easily be brought back to A=440 (modern pitch) if desired.


The casework is all in cherry. The panel doors slide closed and can be locked -- even the original lock and key from 1966!



Although small, this organ is the real thing. The C-d''' (51 notes) compass and 5 stops make it ideal for continuo and for organ literature from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries -- John Bull, Sweelinck, Pachelbel, Kerl, and even much of Bach.

Stops:

  • 8' Gedeckt (all wood, wood stoppers)
  • 4' Rohrflote (tin alloy, tin head stoppers)
  • 2' Principal (tin alloy, tin collar stoppers)
  • I/V Mixture (tin alloy, tin collar stoppers)

Also included is an 8' Regal (reed) stop, including blower board which replaces the 2' Principal and a complete set of 51 regal pipes. All of these pipes work, however they will require some maintenance.

Blower:

Meidinger blower, appears to have been replaced in the last few years. This blower alone is worth approximately $2,500.00.

Cat:

not included.


As you can see, it is quite small. The current owner has it in his dining room along with his dining table, a harpsichord and a large showcase that holds his flutes and his music.

Dimensions: height 93" width 66" depth 33" weight: 350 lbs approximately / 2.36m x 1.68m x .84m, mass 160 kg.

The casework can be disassembled for transport or storage quite easily. The bottom 6 notes of the Gedeckt stop are on a side chamber which can be removed when the case work is taken off. Included with the instrument are five pipe trays, boxes for storing the pipes for transport. The current owner moved it in a cube van doing all the disassembly and reassembly himself. He reports that all the casework comes off easily with a screwdriver and can be reassembled in about 5 minutes.

 

 

 

This view shows the side box and also the casters, which make it easy to move and store.
   

Nothing like a little bit of tradition! Bradford College was an innovative, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college that prided itself on the intellectual rigor of its practical liberal arts program combined with hands-on career preparation. The college was founded as Bradford Academy in 1803 and closed its doors in June 2000, 197 years later.

If you search on Bradford College you will find that the Bradford Alumni Association is still active (that's a picture of one of their T-shirts) and that the school itself was supposed to be quite haunted -- not surprising, after 197 years!

The current owner is a woodwind player, not an organist. He would like to sell it to someone who will play it more than its being played now.

The instrument is in Montreal and can be seen by appointment. For those of you not in the Montreal area, we hope to get some sound samples soon.

Price: asking $22,000 CAD / $16,000 USD / £9,000 GBP / € 13,350/ $182,575 MXN / ¥ 1,765,500 JPY plus shipping from Montreal and any applicable taxes. Very compact, can be shipped about anywhere. Qualifies under NAFTA so no duty to the US, Canada or Mexico, and it also qualifies for our lease plan. Interested? E-mail Claviers Baroques or give us a call toll-free in North America at 1-888-597-0946. [back to used instruments page]
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