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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 150-A, 1954)

Location:

Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Episcopal
1047 Amsterdam Ave./112th St.
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10025 US
Great Choir
Organ ID: 19661

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • 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: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 141 ranks. 8,035 pipes. 7 divisions. 4 manuals. 95 stops. 115 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 7
  • Stops: 95
  • Registers: 115
  • 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 vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on February 14, 2007:

Updated through online information from Andrew Kryzak.

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

Database Manager on February 13, 2006:

Updated through online information from Joseph Tuttle. -- Despite being only 141 ranks in the largest gothic cathedral in the world, the organ is remarkably effective. The State Trumpet at the West End (substituting a full Antiphonal as a result of a financial crunch) is considered to be among the top five loudest stops in the world, operating on 50" wind pressure, and was restored by Austin Organs in the mid 1990's. The console is detached, located in a loft above the south choir stalls below south organ tower, making the organist invisible to the congregation. Instrument suffered heavy water and smoke damage as a result of a fire on December 18, 2001 which destroyed the Cathedral's unfinished North Transept. It was removed in mid 2005 and shipped to Quimby Organs of Warrensburg, Missouri, where it is currently undergoing cleaning and restoration to its 1954 condition. Reinstallation is expected to take place around December of 2008. The Cathedral also houses other organs by E. M. Skinner organs and Casavant, and the crypt once contained an organ by Hutchings.

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

Database Manager on November 19, 2005:

Identified 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:
Rebuild of Skinner Op. 150, with significant additions.

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 Factory Specification via Larry Trupiano
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Building: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Window: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room with a note from builder: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room with a note from builder: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room with a note from builder: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room with a note from builder: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Room with a note from builder: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

Original specifications: Photograph by AS Archives, submitted by John Roper.

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