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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 787, 1929)

Location:

St. Philip Catholic Church
112 Capital Avenue NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017 US
Church
Organ ID: 23576

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on April 06, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 28 ranks. 1,883 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 25 stops. 35 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on April 06, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 25
  • Registers: 35
  • 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 Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on April 06, 2019.
Database Manager on August 20, 2010:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma -- The contract for the organ was signed in 1929. The instrument had some modifications to it before the Casavant/Michael Perrault rebuild in 1991, including the replacement of the keyboards and drawknobs with supply house items. The original cost of the organ was $19,940 with $10,000 coming from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Professor William E. Zeuch, Vice President at Skinner, was originally scheduled to give the dedicatory concert on May 26, 1930, but a death in the family prevented him from doing so. Herbert E. Hyde, mid-western representative for Skinner, played instead and was apparently well-received by the audience.

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

Database Manager on April 19, 2007:

Updated through online information from Trevor Dodd.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 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: Tonally altered; Casavant additions and pedal reed from #604 by Michael Perrault.

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 <i>The Diapason</i>, November 1929
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Original Contract: Open In New Tab Original Contract dated May 8th, 1929 courtesy of the Aeolian-Skinner Archives
Document created on 1929-05-08
We received the most recent update for this document from Roman Lizak on April 09, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Console and Janet Thurtle, St. Philip student (ca. 1948): Photograph from the Church Archives and supplied by Matthew Davis.

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