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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 781, 1929)

Location:

Our Lady of Providence Parish at St. Bernard's R.C. Church
228 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 23563

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Gavin Klein on April 27, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 32 ranks. 2,110 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 26 stops. 30 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on September 19, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on September 19, 2021.

Choir:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on September 19, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on September 19, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Skinner Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 26
  • Registers: 30
  • 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 Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Foot Trundles
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on September 19, 2021.
John Roper on September 19, 2021:

As of 9/18/21: Organ is in fairly good condition. The one stop not replaced to original is the GT 8' First Open Diapason (replaced by an 8' Spitz Flute). However, some of the original pipes of this rank still exist stored in the chamber. There are a lot of wind leaks and the instrument is very dusty, but the pipework is in good shape. The blower is a 5hp Spencer delivering 6" and 10".

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on September 19, 2021.

Gavin Klein on April 27, 2020:

Organ is in fairly good condition. Some minor leaks and cyphering. Overall is in mostly orignal condition with some very minimal changes done by Berkshire Organ Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Gavin Klein on April 27, 2020.

Database Manager on May 10, 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:
Extant; slight alteration by Berkshire; alterations (except one) reversed by A. Thompson-Allen Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
From Allen Kinzey: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Rocker Tabs and Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Facade: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Left Stop Jamb: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Right Stop Jamb: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Organ view from Altar: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Sanctuary: Photograph by Gavin Klein. Taken on 2019-12-13

Nave and Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Stephen St.Denis. Taken on 2018-05-21

Church Exterior: Photograph by Stephen St. Denis. Taken on 2018-05-21

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Console: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Great division pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Pedal contrabass pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Pedal contrabass pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Swell right pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Swell left pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Choir division pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Choir division pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Under the choir division: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Great division pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Great 16' and 8' Diapason and 8' spitzflute pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Great 16' diapason pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Under the swell division: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Pedal 16' bourdon pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Facade in balcony: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Blower room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-19

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Room: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

Console in balcony: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-19

Pedalboard : Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

Choir pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

Swell pipework: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-18

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Building: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-19

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