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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 802-A, 1941)

Originally Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 802, 1930)

Location:

Avondale United Methodist Church
500 40th Street, South
Birmingham, AL 35222 US
Organ ID: 23601

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition needs attention, but in usable condition.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 24 ranks. 2 divisions. 2 manuals. 17 stops. 41 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 2
  • Stops: 17
  • Registers: 41
  • 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 Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on October 24, 2019.
Database Manager on October 24, 2019:

Updated by Richard Byrd, who has heard or played the organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 25, 2019.

Database Manager on May 27, 2018:

Updated by Richard Byrd, who has heard or played the organ.
Major repair/renovation work scheduled for August 2018

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 18, 2018.

Database Manager on January 09, 2007:

On-line update from Jeff Scofield: The organ was originally installed in the Skinner studio in Palm Beach - just in time for the Great Depression. Rumor has it that it surfaced at the 1933 Century of Progress World's Fair in Chicago. From there it reportedly went to Hollins College, Hollins, Virginia. An Aeolian-Skinner representative had a friend at the Avondale church, so he knew that the church was looking for an organ at a good price - and the school was wanting to sell the organ. So, the church contracted with Aeolian-Skinner to move and re-install the organ. Howard Best made additions 1977-87. The organ is in excellent condition and sounds wonderful in the room.

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

Database Manager on May 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:
Relocation of #802.

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.

Taken from console: Open In New Tab The most current specification was completed in approximately 1987. Additions to Opus 802-A by Howard Best.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Richard Byrd on May 08, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-12-21

Chancel, Console, and Chamber Grillwork: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-12-21

Pipework (Metal-Wood Rohrflute): Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2001-03-11

Flue Pipework: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2001-03-11

Reed Pipework (Vox humana and Clarinet): Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2001-03-11

Reed Pipework (Trumpet, French Horn, English Horn): Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2001-03-11

1'c: French Horn, Open Diapason, Viole: Photograph by Jim Cook. Taken on 2001-03-11

Church Exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2006-12-21

Console: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-11-14

Church interior to rear: Photograph by Ken Stein, photographybystein.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2007-11-14

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