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The Ernest M. Skinner Co. (Opus 127, 1906)

Location:

University of Virginia
112 Old Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, VA 22904 US
Old Cabell Hall
Organ ID: 5134

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ has been restored to a previous state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 29, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 27 ranks. 1,585 pipes. 3 manuals. 25 stops. 35 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 29, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Stops: 25
  • Registers: 35
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Remote pneumatic/mechanical capture system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 29, 2018.
Database Manager on October 08, 2012:

Updated through online information from Bob Moody. -- Hutchings-style batwing console. 30 note pedal. Great 16 open has monkey quint on bottom 6 notes. Remote stepper combination machine. Have to climb through swell chest or use a ladder to make changes. Magnets have separate windings for each use. E.g. Swell to Great has separate winding for 16, 8, and 4. Duplexing handled the same way.

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

Database Manager on April 23, 2008:

Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- Console is stored in a small room off the stage, it is mounted on a movable platform. Organ is in regular use (2008) primarily ceremonial occasions such as baccalaureate ceremonies, but it is included in performances of several musical organizations and serves as a practice instrument for student organists. (per Press Release by the University dated April 22, 2008)

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

Database Manager on November 19, 2005:

Updated 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:
Dedicated March 18-19, 1907; restored by A. Thompson-Allen Co. in 1983; extant, with original movable bat-wing console.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1992.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Movable console. Original fold-up console restored c. 1983 by A. Thompson-Allen Co. (Ded. 20 Oct 1983 by Earl Miller) Organ removed 1990's while hall was refurbished. Organ reinstalled by May 1996, but console not yet connected.

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 Life & Work of Ernest M. Skinner</i> by Dorothy Holden, with clarification by Allen Kinzey
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Console: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Console plug for cable: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

"Console, cable connected": Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Console: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Console: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Console: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Pedals: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Connecting cable - plug: Photograph courtesy Hilbus Chapter, OHS. Taken on 2003-04-27

Builder nameplate: Photograph by Tyler Horton, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2021-08-12

Cabell Hall Interior: Photograph by McIntire Dept. of Music, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2013-02-20

Console on stage, façade pipes: Photograph from an archival source: news.virginia.edu, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

Old Cabell Hall Exterior: Photograph by McIntire Dept. of Music, submitted by Jeff Scofield.

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