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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 1304, 1957)

Location:

First Methodist Church
4845 Brockton Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506 US
Organ ID: 35370

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist Churches
  • The organ has been rebuilt or substantially revised.
  • The organ's condition is good, used occasionally.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 25 ranks. 1,441 pipes. 3 manuals. 20 stops. 23 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 20
  • Registers: 23
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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 flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • 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 Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on July 17, 2014:

Updated through online information from Robert Scarborough. -- This A-S I know fairly well, as I played it for a couple of years, and this was one of the last of the A-S line in which G. Donald Harrison was involved before his passing in 1956. The build date on the plate is 1957. From the church's dedication in Summer, '55 until completion of the first 20 ranks, they had an electronic.
The 1966 "rebuild" wasn't a rebuild per se; rather it was the addition of a small antiphonal division above the rose window in the back, along with some leather and other maintenance items up front, bringing the roster up to a 3/46, all told circa 1969. Also, I seem to recall the 8' Gambe on the choir was replaced by Abbot and Seiker with some chiffy thing in keeping with "anti-orchestral" movement of that era, the name of the new stop I cannot recall.
This organ suffers from being crammed into a single chamber on the left side up front, further hidden acoustically by a proscenium arch of reinforced concrete. Also, in keeping with Methodist tradition, the sanctuary was plush with thickly padded carpeting and pew cushions in addition to cork ceiling tiles, making the space rather dead. However, the sound for the organist is quite "in your face." The added antiphonal (1966, Opus 13) was anemic at best, although the overdone "chiff" of the flues made it sound more like a toy counter. The fine A-S console was located in a pit at the back of the choir stalls.
Anecdote: Being the ever-useful student, I had spent an afternoon meticulously cleaning and polishing the console, much to Dorothy Hester's chagrin that Sunday. Evidently, she had a habit, when it was "showtime," to navigate the steep steps into the "pit" and then hop onto the bench from the last step. With all the crud removed and a nice, polished finish thereupon, momentum carried her across the bench and into her music stacks on the other side, causing quite a stir amongst the choir. The console sure looked great, though, although no one but the choir could see it. Mrs. Hester was a student of the esteemed Clarence Mader.

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

Database Manager on June 10, 2008:

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:
Rebuilt in 1966 by Abbott & Sieker, #13.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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