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Austin Organs, Inc. (2002)

Originally Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 780, 1930)


Westminster Presbyterian Church
262 State Street
Albany, NY 12210 US
Organ ID: 23752

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • 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
  • 54 ranks. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 45 stops. 57 registers.
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side 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.
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 45
  • Registers: 57
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 03, 2016:

Updated through online information from Scot Huntington.
By a remarkable course of events,the original Westminster Presbyterian organ was reinstalled in the original chambers, but reconfigured for better tonal egress. This instrument replaced the 30-year old imitation that had once replaced it, but which had deteriorate beyond repair. The two-stop Echo, originally located high in a rear tower chamber, was not returned, but the Echo chest was repurposed to hold the new Great Mixture and Trumpet.

The original Great Grave Mixture II was divided into separately drawable components; The Choir Unda Maris II 4' was replaced with a 2' Piccolo; the missing Pedal Contrabass 16' was reinstated with legacy Austin wood pipes; the Pedal Trumpet 8', a prepared-for extension of the original Trombone was completed and extended another octave to 4'; and a recycled Skinner English Horn was added to the Solo. The original Echo Vox Humana was taken in trade for an Austin vox-in-a-box added to the Swell.

The original (thick) horizontal swell shutters were replaced with thinner vertical shades for better tonal egress of the enclosed divisions, but the organ's range of expression and shades-closed dynamic suffered significantly as a result, (and required a softening of the Swell chorus reed battery). It is hoped that one day, this tonal aspect of the original instrument will be restored.

The original pneumatic combination action was replaced with a solid-state, multi-level system. The case for the new Antiphonal division was designed by the noted organbuilder, scholar, and organ architect, the late Stephen Bicknell. The console has been placed on a movable platform for concert use. The architectural conduits for the original basement-placed Spencer blower had been removed after the Skinner had been replaced with an electronic. This necessitated that three new blowers be installed for the Antiphonal and for each side of the divided-chancel installation.

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

Database Manager on May 22, 2006:

Relocation (to original building and placement) and rebuild with enlargements of E. M. Skinner Opus 780 (1930). Several new stops added to main organ and a new 10-rank antiphonal added.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
<i>OHS Organ Atlas of the Capital District Region 2006</i>: Open In New Tab Typed Specification
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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