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Ernest M. Skinner & Son (Opus 512, 1937)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church / Calvary Presbyterian Church
120 South Street
Newburgh, NY 12550 US
Organ ID: 51026

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian 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 May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 33 ranks. 3 manuals. 29 stops. 38 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 29
  • Registers: 38
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on April 12, 2022:

From the Organ Page on the church website: One of the charming anecdotes connected with Mr. Skinner and the purchase of the organ related that because of the builder’s advanced age, the trustees had “second thoughts” and cancelled their original order. However, in the name of decency and fair play, Mr. Skinner insisted upon the opportunity to confront the church officers. After hearing their concern, the organ builder proceeded to walk across the board table on his hands! A binding contract was signed and the proud Mr. Skinner reveled in the praise lauded upon the instrument at its dedication.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on April 12, 2022.

Database Manager on May 07, 2017:

In 1945, Calvary Presbyterian Church, which had split from First Presbyterian in 1855, reunited with First Presbyterian. The combined congregation meets in the former First Presbyterian building, and is named Calvary Presbyterian.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2015:

Dedication recital played by Dr. T. Tertius Noble on December 5, 1937.

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

Database Manager on February 12, 2013:

This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by Grant Chapman, based on personal knowledge of the organ. --

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From <i>The Life and Work of Ernest M. Skinner</i> by Dorothy Holden (OHS: 1987)
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Write-up from THE DIAPASON January 1938: Open In New Tab Stoplist and description
Document created on 1938-01-01
We received the most recent update for this document from Jeff Scofield on April 12, 2022.

Instrument Images:

Church exterior: Photograph by Church Facebook. Taken on 2018-04-27

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