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Newcomer Organ Co. (1973)

Originally Ernest M. Skinner & Son (Opus 510, 1938)

Location:

Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Episcopal
Washington, DC US
Organ ID: 8057

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 188 ranks. 8 divisions. 4 manuals. 121 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Slider Motors: Pneumatic (EP or TP) slider motors.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 121
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 25, 2017:

Updated by Mark Dirksen, who has heard or played the organ. Mark Dirksen also listed this individual as a source of information: Wayne Dirksen, Paul Callaway. In addition Mark Dirksen gave this as a source of information: I was present for the rebuild and worked on it personally..
This 1973 rebuild was performed by a freelance consortium of ex-Aeolian-Skinner craftsmen headed by Joseph Whiteford, then in retirement. Roy Perry did the tonal finishing in 1974-75.

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

Database Manager on May 05, 2017:

Updated by Sam Cherubin, listing this website as a source of information: http://www.thediapason.com/sites/thediapason.com/files/webDiap0509p26-33.pdf.
The Great 16' & 8' Posthorn were added by R.A Daffer & Son in 1990.

The Great, all Swell divisions, and partial pedal are on Direct-Electric action.
The Choir, Solo, Positiv, Brustwerk & Pedal divisions are on Electro-pneumatic action.

The 64' Bombarde is built down to low A-flat. They are heavily mitered and half length. They were disconnected due to their poor design and ability to hold tuning. They are now digital & the original pipes are still in the organ.

The solo Flauto Mirabilis is two ranks, playing at unison pitch.

The Pedal 32' Bombarde is full length & wood laid horizontally in the South Triforium.

The Great VI-X Terzzymbel was originally designed to play alongside the Trompette en Chamade, but got later moved to the Great.

The great 16-8-4' reed chorus was built by M.P Moller & voiced by Zajic.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was E. M. Skinner & Son (1937, Opus 510).

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Modifications to existing Skinner & Son/Aeolian-Skinner organ.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Some chests changed to direct electric action.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From 2011 convention program
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ is identical on both sides with Chamades in the middle.: Photograph by https://pipedreams.publicradio.org/gallery/us_northeast/washington_dc/washington_national-cathedral_aeolian-skinner.shtml. Taken approx. 2010

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