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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1028, 1941)

Location:

Residence: John Hays Hammond, Jr. (Castle)
80 Hesperus Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930 US
Great Hall
Organ ID: 27156

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Private Residences
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on July 04, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 152 ranks. 8 divisions. 4 manuals. 96 stops. 172 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Solo:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Choir:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Reed Chorus:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Baroque:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Positive:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: Exposed pipes or case front visible in a gallery at the rear of the room.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 12, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co.
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 96
  • Registers: 172
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Combination Action Name: SSL
  • 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
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on February 12, 2021.
John Roper on January 13, 2022:

The Great, Swell, Choir, Solo, and Reed Chorus divisions are located in the ceiling on either side of the great hall. The ceiling is made out of an acoustically transparent fabric. The Positive division is located in the gallery at one end of the great hall. The Baroque and Pedal divisons are located slightly recessed into the floor under the balcony behind the console.

There are two blowers: - Spencer Turbine 6" output with a 15hp Woods motor - Spencer Turbine 15" output with a 3hp Westinghouse motor

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on January 13, 2022.

John Roper on July 04, 2021:

The Baroque division is the Aeolian instrument from Hammond's fathers home. The Fox Horn was named for Virgil Fox as a joke. The positiv was added later by G. Donard Harrison. 19 stop Solo division added by Ernest M. Skinner & Son in 1941.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on January 13, 2022.

John Roper on February 12, 2021:

First 2 consoles were built by Austin with a mechanical combination action. New 3rd console built in 1981 by Kim Boulton (then operating under the E.M. Skinner Company name) using a SSL relay.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on January 20, 2022.

Database Manager on August 27, 2012:

Updated through online information from Peter Rudewicz. Original console specification: - 15 Generals and cancel - 8 Solo and cancel - 5 Baroque under Solo keys - 8 Swell and cancel -3 Baroque under Swell keys - 8 Great and cancel - 3 Baroque under Great keys - 8 Choir and cancel - 3 Baroque under Choir keys - 4 Pedal-toe studs - Also affect Pedal stops - Great to Pedal 8 reversible toe stud - Swell to Pedal 8 reversible toe stud - Sforzando reversible toe stud - Balanced Expression Pedals (Solo, Reed Chorus, Great, Choir, Master Swell, Crescendo) - 2 Spencer Turbine Orgoblo - 1- 15 H.P. Wind pressure 6" - 1-3 H.P. Wind pressure 20" - Electric Specialty generator (10 volts, 50 amperes)

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on January 13, 2022.

Database Manager on July 09, 2007:

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: Three mixtures and 8' Bourdon added to existing organ; in 1944 addition of Cornet VI.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on February 12, 2021.
Original Console Specification: Open In New Tab Stoplist from organ forum website
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on February 12, 2021.

New console stoplist: Open In New Tab Taken from console and CA documentation
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on January 11, 2022.

Taken from The Hammond Museum booklet: Open In New Tab Hammond Museum tour booklet with the specs of the organ. Lists organ as being built by "the Hammond Organ Laboratories"
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from John Roper on January 11, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Facade and Pipe Display: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-02

Console and Facade: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-02

Rose Window and Pipe Display: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-06

Console: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-02

Console - Right Stop Jamb: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-02

Console - Left Stop Jamb: Photograph by Sam Cherubin. Taken on 2016-07-02

Right stopjamb: Photograph by Sam Nelson, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. July 2018

Left stopjamb: Photograph by Sam Nelson, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. July 2018

Pedal pipework: Photograph by myorgan on the Organ forum, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2014

Austin console: Photograph from an archival source: From "The Hammond Museum" Booklet, submitted by Solomon Wickline. Taken approx. 1-1-1976

John Hays Hammond, Jr. inspecting the pipes of the Great Division: Photograph from an archival source: From "The Hammond Museum" Booklet, submitted by Solomon Wickline. Taken on 1976-01-01

Building exterior: Photograph from an archival source: From "The Hammond Museum" Booklet, submitted by Solomon Wickline. Taken on 1976-01-01

Console: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-11

Pedalboard and swell pedals: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-11

Builder's nameplate: Photograph by John Roper. Taken on 2021-09-11

Wide shot of the great hall showing Virgil fox at the console: Photograph from an archival source: Virgil Fox Legacy, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 1975

Facade detail: Photograph by Facebook, submitted by John Roper. Taken approx. 2000s

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