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Sean O'Donnell (2013)

Originally Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 617-A, 1929)

Location:

Private residence in Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19103 US
Music Room
Organ ID: 70069

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • 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 Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 20 ranks. 1,263 pipes. 4 divisions. 2 manuals. 38 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a chamber beneath the floor.
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022.
Main:
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 38
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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 horizontal rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022.
Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022:

The organ is installed in basement chambers, speaking through tonal grill openings in the music room.

The organ as it was in the residence in South Orange, New Jersey had a trumpet rank with Opus 745 inscribed on it. Some ranks were added and/or replaced when it was rebuilt as Opus 617-A (1930). Judging from some of the correspondence between Monroe and Skinner, a brighter, louder sound may have been desired with that trumpet. Skinner Opus 682 from Danville, Virginia had been acquired for another project, but the Trumpet was not included in those plans; thus that Trumpet 8' was installed with Opus 617-A. The Opus 745 Trumpet is stored in a pipe tray in the house in case a future owner might want to reinstall it. The bottom octave of the pedal bourdon was poorly mitred definitely not a factory mitre job; a replacement bottom octave from another 1920s unmitred Skinner Bourdon was installed. The original mitred Bourdon pipes also in storage in case a future owner wants them.

A Wurlitzer toy counter and a Vibraharp were added, but these were added outside the pipe chambers so it is clear they are not a part of the original organ. The console was electrified, but in a way that the pneumatic combination action could be restored to use in the future if desired.

We received the most recent update for this note from Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022.
Taken from Organ ID: 23289 and notes from the owner: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Paul R. Marchesano on January 21, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Console in music room in private home installation in Philadelphia: Photograph by Len Levasseur, submitted by Paul R. Marchesano.

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