Pipe Organ Database

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David Bruce Newman (1971)

Originally Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 265, 1916)

Location:

Alpenrose Dairy
6149 SW Shattuck Rd.
Portland, OR 97221 US
Opera House Auditorium
Organ ID: 6028

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Auditoriums and Concert Halls
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • 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
  • 51 ranks. 3,511 pipes. 5 divisions. 4 manuals. 46 stops. 68 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 May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 46
  • Registers: 68
  • Position: Console on lift.
  • 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: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Joe O'Donnell on May 07, 2020:

I inspected the organ on 27 April 2020 on behalf of a potential purchaser who also shared the original Skinner blueprints with me. With the exception of one pouchrail in the Choir, which was removed to repair water damage and has yet to be returned, the organ is completely intact and at least partially playable. There are three large chambers with slatwork floors creating a space for reservoirs, trems, etc. below stage level. Almost all of the pitman chests are mounted at stage level with the exception of the Choir, which had a raised room built around it within the Solo (left) chamber. The Choir has its own tone opening, and this is the only opening to the auditorium which uses the orginal Skinner shades. The other chambers are fronted with (Kimball?) individual-action shades; the rest of the Skinner shades are on the back wall of the organ enclosure facing large doors which can be opened to allow the organ to be heard outside. The Swell, in its original double-stacked configuration, shares the right chamber with the pipework and toy counter of a Kimball theatre organ (which is also fed by the Skinner's wind supply). The Kimball console has been disconnected and now resides in the building's lobby; the Skinner console is on an elevator. The Great and Pedal divisions, originally unenclosed and divided between the two chambers, have been consolidated in the center chamber; an extra expression shoe was added to the console. The 32' Pedal reed, as noted elsewhere, is a twelve-pipe extension of the Solo Tuba, but was always outside the Solo box.

We received the most recent update for this note from Joe O'Donnell on May 07, 2020.

Database Manager on March 27, 2015:

Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.

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

Database Manager on October 17, 2012:

Updated through online information from Michael Fox. -- 32' Open Diapason is present. Pedal Trombone unit is not independent as shown in stoplist, but duplexed from Solo 16'-8'-4' unit.

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 1997

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

From Portland Civic Auditorium. Restored and installed by David Bruce Newman 1971-1975. This building also houses a Kimball theatre organ said to have come from Spokane, WA.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Typed stoplist from the OHS PC Database.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist from Dedication Recitals, September 6-9, 1917.
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1994-05-01

Console: Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1994-05-01

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