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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 475, 1924)

Location:

Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 E. Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48214 US
Organ ID: 6627

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 68 ranks. 4,560 pipes. 4 manuals. 60 stops. 77 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests
  • Position: In center 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 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Stops: 60
  • Registers: 77
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • 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 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)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 19, 2016:

Updated through online information from Alex Wilson.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2015:

Contract signed in early 1924. Installation, final finishing, and tuning were completed by late March 1926.

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

Database Manager on May 25, 2015:

Opening recital was by Palmer Christian, on 8 April 1926.

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

Database Manager on January 19, 2006:

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:
New Echo Trumpet installed in 1935, #G-281, with original pipes stored in church; original and unaltered; refurbished by Dorothy and Ken Holden in 1916.

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 1995.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Restored 1976 by K & D Organ Service. Historic Organs Recital 19 May 1989. Remote capture combination action.

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

Instrument Images:

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Great Pipework: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Swell Chest East: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Swell Chest West: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Flute Triangular: (first extant Skinner example) Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Choir Pipework East: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Choir Pipework West: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Harp: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Choir Pipework (Clarinet and Orchestral Oboe): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Solo Pipework Upstairs (Gambas, Stentorphone, English Horn and French Horn): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Solo Pipework (Tuba Mirabilis, Tuba Clarion, Tuba, Ophicleide): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Stentorphone - Low C - 38 scale: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Echo Location (above the Willet window): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Echo Pipework: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Echo Pipework: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

32' Bombarde Boots C and C#: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Bombarde Pipework (8' and 4' Extension): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Spencer Blower (15 HP, 3-stage): Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Console: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Pipe Facades: Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Case Carving Detail: (under "impost") Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Solo Pipe Facade: (center flat is the Pedal Violone) Photograph by Stephen Warner (2003).

Sanctuary Interior and Organ Case (Main Organ and Solo Organ): Photograph by René Troost. Taken on 2018-10-13

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: Photograph by René Troost. Taken on 2018-10-13

Console: Photograph by René Troost. Taken on 2018-10-12

Echo organ: Photograph by René Troost. Taken on 2018-10-13

Church Exterior: Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1960s).

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