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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 788, 1929)

Location:

St. Thomas Episcopal Church
16 E. Van Buren Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017 US
Organ ID: 23578

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • 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: EP pitman
  • 16 ranks. 1,067 pipes. 4 divisions. 2 manuals. 14 stops. 21 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: 2
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 14
  • Registers: 21
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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 not meeting AGO standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • 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 May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 28, 2017:

Updated by John Speller, who has heard or played the organ.
Old photographs in church show that the casework was retained from the previous organ -- Wm. Johnson & Son Op. 524 of 1879, though the facade pipes have lost their stencils and are now bronzed.

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

Database Manager on August 19, 2010:

Updated through online information from Chad Boorsma. -- Ken Holden made the console movable. Also, a light has been added to the music rack. Otherwise the instrument is original as installed in 1929. The Echo division speaks from the northeast side of the gallery.

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:
Extant; slightly altered; console moved.

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 Erzähler</i>, August 1993, written by Jonathan Ambrosino
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Nave Interior, Altar, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Nave Interior, Altar, and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Altar and Pipe Facade: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Pipe Facades: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Console: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Nave and Balcony: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Echo Chamber Grillework: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

Church Exterior: Photograph by Chad Boorsma. Taken on 2010-08-17

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