Newcomer Organ Co. (1973)

Originally Ernest M. Skinner & Son (Opus 510, 1938)

Location:

Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Episcopal
Washington, DC US
Organ ID: 8057

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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 unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 188 ranks. 8 divisions. 4 manuals. 121 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Slider Motors: Pneumatic (EP or TP) slider motors.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 8
  • Stops: 121
  • Position: Console in fixed position, right.
  • 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 without cover.
  • 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.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
J. Peter on January 17, 2023:

Per https://mydigimag.rrd.com/publication/?m=46623&i=750266&p=26&ver=html5 , this organ is still regularly used but no longer in good attention. The church is seeking funding to renovate the organ.

We received the most recent update for this note from J. Peter on January 17, 2023.

Database Manager on August 25, 2017:

Updated by Mark Dirksen, who has heard or played the organ. Mark Dirksen also listed this individual as a source of information: Wayne Dirksen, Paul Callaway. In addition Mark Dirksen gave this as a source of information: I was present for the rebuild and worked on it personally..
This 1973 rebuild was performed by a freelance consortium of ex-Aeolian-Skinner craftsmen headed by Joseph Whiteford, then in retirement. Roy Perry did the tonal finishing in 1974-75.

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

Database Manager on May 05, 2017:

Updated by Sam Cherubin, listing this website as a source of information: http://www.thediapason.com/sites/thediapason.com/files/webDiap0509p26-33.pdf.
The Great 16' & 8' Posthorn were added by R.A Daffer & Son in 1990.

The Great, all Swell divisions, and partial pedal are on Direct-Electric action.
The Choir, Solo, Positiv, Brustwerk & Pedal divisions are on Electro-pneumatic action.

The 64' Bombarde is built down to low A-flat. They are heavily mitered and half length. They were disconnected due to their poor design and ability to hold tuning. They are now digital & the original pipes are still in the organ.

The solo Flauto Mirabilis is two ranks, playing at unison pitch.

The Pedal 32' Bombarde is full length & wood laid horizontally in the South Triforium.

The Great VI-X Terzzymbel was originally designed to play alongside the Trompette en Chamade, but got later moved to the Great.

The great 16-8-4' reed chorus was built by M.P Moller & voiced by Zajic.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

The original builder was E. M. Skinner & Son (1937, Opus 510).

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Modifications to existing Skinner & Son/Aeolian-Skinner organ.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Some chests changed to direct electric action.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From 2011 convention program
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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