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The Ernest M. Skinner Co. (Opus 217, 1913)

Location:

Alaska (Strand) Theatre
514 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104 US
Organ ID: 19527

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Theatres, Cinemas, Movie Houses
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • 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: EP pitman
  • 21 ranks. 1,296 pipes. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 21 stops. 24 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 21
  • Registers: 24
  • 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action 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 June 04, 2007:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- There are some discrepancies in the exact size and stats of this organ. The Aeolian-Skinner website and Alan Kinzey/Sand Lawn book both list the organ as 22 ranks and 1,296 pipes. Yet if you add-up the number of speaking stops, registers, ranks, and pipes presented on the A-S website, that's not accurate. By the stoplist given, the organ was 21 registers, 26 speaking stops (inc. chimes & harp), 21 ranks, and 1,408 pipes. Former Balcom and Vaughan President William J. Bunch recorded the organ as being 22 ranks, but the Echo division was 3-registers / 4-ranks, the Unda Maris being a 2-rank single register. If that is accurate, then the organ was 21 registers, 26 speaking stops, 22 ranks, and 1,469 pipes. When the organ was rebuilt as a 2-man. by Balcom and Vaughan in 1969, the Choir chest was sold to Richard Warburton of Skykomish, Washington for use in his home organ. The console was acquired by Tom Kaasa, and stored in a house on Green Lake Way in Seattle. It was later acquired by Jack and Mary Lou Becvar of Kent, Washington, and in 1998 it was purchase by Francis Riley. The Becvars have the original wooden 16' Dulciana on the ceiling of their home and playing as a part of their 3-man. Wurlitzer. Sources: A-S website; A-S book; PSTOS website.

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

Database Manager on May 02, 2007:

Updated through online information from Jams R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on December 21, 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:
Moved to St. Paul's Church, Bellingham, Washington in 1931.

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

Database Manager on October 02, 2005:

Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Relocated to St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Bellingham, WA.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 2019-03-12

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