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E.M. Skinner & Son (Opus 510, 1938)

Location:

Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Episcopal
Washington, DC US
Organ ID: 1908

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 132 ranks. 8 divisions. 4 manuals. 94 stops. 116 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 94
  • Registers: 116
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on flat jambs.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 17, 2013:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Sam Cherubin, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- Revisions completed in 1963 (Opus 883-A, 883-B, 883-C).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on February 05, 2012:

Updated through online information from Sam Cherubin. -- In both the transepts in the Cathedral there are two organs in either of them with two identical visible organ chambers in the Great Choir area with the organ console on the right side. Pipes are in the triforium level of the cathedral. At triforium level at the High Altar just opposite of the West End is a rank of Trompette en Chamade pipes; most of them are horizontal and rest are behind in an unenclosed chamber.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Modifications to Aeolian-Skinner 883. Converted to direct electric action 1993. Tonally altered.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from <i>The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner</i>, by Dorothy J. Holden: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Facade: Photograph by Len Levasseur. Taken on 2010-11-15

Console, Robert J. Barrow (Cathedral Organist), and E. M. Skinner (Builder): Photograph by Harris and Ewing; image courtesy of the Library of Congress. Taken on 1938-04-16

Console: Photograph by Theodor Hordczak; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Organ Case: Photograph by Theodor Hordczak; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Nave and Organ Case: Photograph by Theodor Hordczak; image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Console: Photograph by Bryan Dunnewald. Taken on 2012-11-18

Organ Case: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1960s).

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