Pipe Organ Database

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The Ernest M. Skinner Co. (Opus 282, 1917)

Location:

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
12 Hodge Street
Wiscasset, ME 04578 US
Organ ID: 9380

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican 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 Jeff Scofield on November 20, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 7 ranks. 396 pipes. 2 manuals. 7 stops. 11 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on August 14, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Stops: 7
  • Registers: 11
  • Position: Keydesk attached, manuals set into case.
  • 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: Blind action not moving stop controls.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on August 14, 2018.
Database Manager on August 14, 2018:

Updated by James Swist, who has heard or played the organ.
\r\nThe \"firm in Boston\" is the Spencer Organ Co. There is no Crescendo pedal.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on September 15, 2011:

Updated through online information from Michael Smith. -- The parish is very proud of the instrument and understands its value. I'm told some renovation work was done relatively recently by "a firm in Boston", name not known. At some point (perhaps during that work?) the keytops were apparently replaced with a rather nasty plastic compound. The church is a very pretty small room, somewhat marred from the musical point of view by an abundance of thick carpeting. The instrument has a very nice robust sound and it's surprisingly versatile for such a small instrument. Each manual has three preset buttons below the keys, labeled 1-3, and a preset cancel, labeled '0'. There appears to be no way to change these, and the presets do not operate the stop knobs, so you can't remove a stop from a preset combination once it's on; the preset cancel is your only recourse. Preset cancel also does not cancel any stops you may have manually drawn. According to a plaque on the case, the organ was given as a memorial to a young man killed in 1916 while serving as an ambulance driver during the first world war.

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

Database Manager on December 23, 2005:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
Extant; unaltered; attached console.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 2002.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restoration and remedial tonal finishing in 2002 by Spence Organ Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Carl Schwartz
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by Wayne Johnson (December 2017).

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