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Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 872, 1931)

Exhibited in the 2016 OHS convention

Location:

Girard College
2101 South College Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19121 US
Chapel
Organ ID: 9032

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: High Schools, Preparatory Schools, and Academies
  • The organ has been restored to a previous 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: EP pitman
  • 106 ranks. 6,829 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 80 stops. 100 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 80
  • Registers: 100
  • 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: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • 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 Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on June 16, 2012:

Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno.

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

Database Manager on June 16, 2012:

Updated through online information from Gregg Patruno.

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

Database Manager on February 27, 2012:

Updated through online information from Julien Girard.

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

Database Manager on February 16, 2011:

Updated through online information from Doug Backman.

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

Database Manager on March 10, 2009:

Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L March 9, 2008 by Nathan Smith: -- "I had the honor of tuning the pipes of the Girard instrument for the last five years up until I relocated to NY last fall.
Although there are modifications to the voicing and missing/replaced mixture ranks in places, the vast majority of the organ is more-or-less there. The Solo Tubas have been goosed and "Frenchified", there are two ranks that have been simply swapped around, and several soft ranks that have been ruined at some point, their beards plucked and/or mouths cut-up with what could only have been fingernail clippers. It is also reasonable to assume the reports of the 32' Bombarde having been loudened as it is a real rip-snorter; pretty out of character for a Wood-bassed rank of its kind. The poor Tuba Mirabilis still sports the hooks and supports that were soldered all over it to hang it upside-down, though it now rests on its side grazing the chamber ceiling opening. Most of the conical reeds were fitted with slides that have a habit of falling down, ... .
The organ chambers and surrounding attic are probably one of the coolest organ-spaces on earth."

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 1996

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Tonal changes Burger & Schafer in 1972; some changes reversed 1986; Austin console in 1986. Restoration work by A. Thompson-Allen in 1991.

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.
Chest placement diagram: Open In New Tab Courtesy of Bill Van Pelt
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chapel Exterior: Photograph by Julien Girard. Taken on 2011-06-01

Tuba Mirabilis Pipework: Photograph by Julien Girard. Taken on 2011-06-01

Chapel Exterior: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2007-05-02

Chapel Interior, Chancel, and Chamber Grillework (ceiling): Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2007-05-02

Chancel and Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2007-05-02

Chancel and Console: Photograph by William T. Van Pelt. Taken on 2007-05-02

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