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First Methodist Church
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247

OHS Database ID 9282.

Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 20 stops. 23 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 23 notes.


  • Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- Paul Opel reports the following on his website (2008-07-06): "The organ was built at a cost of $13,240. It is placed in two chambers. The church building was also constructed in 1928. This organ is one of the last to be constructed before Mr. Skinner's association with G. Donald Harrison, and is the only unaltered Skinner in Berkshire County. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from John Igoe. -- Acccording to an online article on, dated 29 Apr 2012, this organ has been sold to All Saints Ashmont Episcopal Church in Dorchester (Database Manager. May 1, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Nicholas Gray. -- I am the Senior Warden of the Parish of All Saints, Ashmont in Dorchester, Massachusetts. The Parish of All Saints purchased Skinner Opus 708 around a year ago. The organ has been removed from that church and is currently safely in storage in our church basement (in pipe trays and a humidity controlled room). We are in the process of restoring Opus 708, under the supervision of our parishioner, Jonathan Ambrosino. Opus 708 will be installed in the Parish of All Saints once the organ's restoration and the building restoration project, both currently underway, have been completed. (Database Manager. August 21, 2013)
  • Skinner organ restored under the supervision of parishioner Jonathan Ambrosino, in collaboration with Joe Sloane, and Ortloff Organ Company. "The Skinner will be restored with no tonal or mechanical changes, save the addition of an enclosed high-pressure Tromba playable from the Choir and Pedal, using vintage Skinner pipes. The organ's elegant console will be restored with no changes, including the retention of the original electro-pneumatic switching and combination action." Ortloff Organ Company web site (Database Manager. Unknown)

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  • From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives
    North Adams, Massachusetts
    First Methodist Church
    Skinner Organ Company   Opus 708   1928       3 manuals, 20 stops, 23 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN                            SWELL ORGAN
          8' Open Diapason      61              16' Bourdon            73
          8' Clarabella         61               8' Geigen             73
          4' Principal          61               8' Rohrflute          73
         II  Grave Mixture     122               8' Salicional         73
             Chimes (in Swell)  20 tubes         8' Voix Celeste (TC)  61
                                                 4' Octave Geigen      73 
             CHOIR ORGAN                       III  Mixture           183
          8' Cor de Nuit        73               8' Cornopean          73
          8' Dulciana           73               8' Fl├╝gel Horn        73
          4' Flute Harmonique   73               8' Vox Humana         73
          8' Clarinet           73                  Tremolo
             Chimes             GT                  PEDAL ORGAN
                                                16' Contre Basse       32
             COUPLERS (rocking tablets)         16' Bourdon            32
             Swell to Pedal      8  4            8' Octave             12
             Great to Pedal      8  4            8' Gedeckt            12
             Choir to Pedal      8  4            4' Flute              12
             Swell to Great  16  8  4
             Choir to Great  16  8  4               ADJUSTABLE COMBINATIONS
             Swell to Choir  16  8  4               Swell 1-2-3-4-5
             Swell to Swell  16     4               Great 1-2-3-4
             Great to Great  16     4               Choir 1-2-3-4
             Choir to Choir  16     4               Pedal 1-2-3
                                                    Ped. to Man. Combs. SW
             PEDAL MOVEMENTS                        Ped. to Man. Combs. GT
             Balanced Swell Pedal                   Ped. to Man. Combs. CH
             Balanced Choir Pedal                   Set (thumb)
             Crescendo Pedal                        General Cancel (knobs only)
             Great to Pedal Reversible (paddle)
             Swell to Great Reversible (paddle)
             Choir to Great Reversible (paddle)
             Sforzando Reversible      (paddle)
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  August 14, 2014]
  • Click Here From Allen Kinzey via The Aeolian-Skinner Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.