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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 696-B, 1949)

Originally Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 696, 1928)

Location:

Scottish Rite Cathedral
650 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204 US
Auditorium
Organ ID: 23436

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Lodges and Clubs
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 75 ranks. 4,877 pipes. 9 divisions. 5 manuals. 62 stops. 77 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: 5
  • Divisions: 9
  • Stops: 62
  • Registers: 77
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe 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 March 03, 2014:

Updated through online information from JOHN R WINKLER. -- A XYLOPHONE has been added after 2000 and is not enclosed. The stop for it is on a blank stop within the swell stops. There is a single keyboard that can be connected to the stage organ.

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

Database Manager on August 14, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from Jeff Scofield. -- Main organ located in ceiling chamber measuring 18' by 32' above front center of auditorium; in 1969, Cave Organ Co. replaced the Skinner console with a 5-manual one by Reisner. The Skinner console is on display in the History Room.

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

Database Manager on April 21, 2006:

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:
The original builder was Skinner Organ Co. -- Opus 696 (1928). This contract/opus number covered the addition of two identical new divisions of four ranks each, one in a balcony, the other on stage.

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

Database Manager on September 04, 2005:

On-line update from David Kinyon -- Instrument is in reasonably good condition. The main organ, Great, Swell, Solo, Pedal, Choir are in the ceiling speaking through cloth. There is a stage division enclosed stage left. Also a small echo division in the first gallery level next to the console and and Etherial Division in the ceiling directly above the console. Console is very comfortable but definitely a Skinner button craze. [Editor's Note: This comment refers to the present Reisner console, a 1972 replacement for the original.] Unaltered since last renovation. Huge auditorium horseshoe style for Masonic work, but acoustically totally dead. Organ is quite muffled and difficult to hear from the console. Organ is rarely if every used. Suffering from dust and lack of use.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
from <i>The Diapason</i>, April 1928: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Replacement console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Replacement console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Exterior -- from the west: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Original Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Original Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Original Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Original Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-07-16

Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Room: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Building exterior: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Original Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Original console: Left jamb: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Original console: Right jamb: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

Original console: Toe studs: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2006-06-17

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