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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 637, 1927)

Location:

Columbia High School (South Orange & Maplewood High School)
17 Parker Ave
Maplewood, NJ 07040 US
Auditorium
Organ ID: 23320

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: High Schools, Preparatory Schools, and Academies
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is playable, but not in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 24 ranks. 1,610 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 27 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman 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: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 27
  • Registers: 23
  • Position: Console in fixed position, left.
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to 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 Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on December 26, 2011:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- A committee of alumni and faculty members are raising funds to restore the organ (information from committee's website 'chsorgan.org' accessed Dec 20, 2011).

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

Database Manager on September 26, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from John Elwood.

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

Database Manager on August 26, 2008:

Updated through on-line information from John Elwood.

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

Database Manager on September 19, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from John Elwood. -- In the picture provided, the organ console is below the two seated people on stage. (The organist's head is poking up). The top of the console is flush with the top of the stage causing people to stand on it frequently. The console itself is sunk several inches into the floor. The pipe chambers are approximately as deep as they are wide (or perhaps, slightly deeper). I personally last heard the organ used in 1994, but will be visiting in October 2007 for a more in depth analysis. The organ appears to be essentially unaltered aside from the addition of chimes and some industrial looking electrical work. I'll find out for sure though!

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

Database Manager on April 15, 2006:

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:
Renamed Columbia High School; no information.

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 Organ committee website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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