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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 699, 1928)

Location:

St. Luke's Episcopal Cathedral
143 State Street
Portland, ME 04101 US
Organ ID: 7058

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ has been altered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Electro-pneumatic (EP)
  • 47 ranks. 2,593 pipes. 5 divisions. 3 manuals. 40 stops. 59 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Electro-pneumatic (EP) 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
  • Divisions: 5
  • Stops: 40
  • Registers: 59
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 10, 2019:

The instrument was originally a double organ having a three-manual Chancel Organ in the front of the church and a two-manual Chapel Organ at the opposite end of the building, which functions very effectively as an Echo Organ to the chancel divisions of the organ while also functioning as a smaller instrument for services in Emmanuel Chapel. In the late 1960s some additions and alterations were made to the organ. Both Skinner consoles were discarded and replaced by stop-tab consoles. A four-rank mixture was added to the Great division of the Chancel Organ and a Trumpette-en-chamade was installed in the balcony housing the Chapel Organ. Though some voicing alterations were made in the 1970s, the instrument remained largely as it was built by the Skinner firm. In May 2001 the A. Thompson-Allen Company began the complete restoration of Skinner Organ Company Opus 699. Included was a new four-manual draw-knob console by Richard Houghten for the chancel, as well as a rebuilding of the existing three-manual console for use in the chapel. The added mixture and chest were replaced with a new mixture and chest more closely modeled on period Skinner designs. A focal point of the organ is the new Trumpette-en-Chamade copied from a period Skinner French Trumpet.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on August 11, 2019.

Database Manager on July 02, 2013:

Updated through online information from Sam Cherubin. -- The 8' Trompette en Chamade was added later and installed on its own separate windchest in the balcony where the Echo division is located. It is presumed to be on around 6-10" WP.

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

Database Manager on April 21, 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:
Contract included two-manual Chapel organ. Changes and additions in 1969 by Berkshire; alterations by Kinzey-Angerstein in the 1970s; both consoles have been replaced; one console went to #729.

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:

Chancel organ and chapel organ which also functions as an echo (with separate console, also playable from SW and CH manuals of Chancel 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 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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