Pipe Organ Database

a project of the organ historical society

The Ernest M. Skinner Co. (1919)

Location:

First Church of Christ, Congregational
Bradford, MA 01830 US
Organ ID: 9383

Update This Entry

Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from John Roper on February 16, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Pneumatic
  • 26 ranks. 1,816 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 31 stops. 27 registers.
Great:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
  • Built by Ernest M. Skinner & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 16, 2021.

Swell:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Ernest M. Skinner & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 16, 2021.

Choir:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Ernest M. Skinner & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 16, 2021.

Pedal:
  • Chest Type(s): Pneumatic chests
  • Position: In center chambers at the front of the room. No visible pipes.
  • Built by Ernest M. Skinner & Co.
We received the most recent update for this division from John Roper on February 16, 2021.
Main:
  • Built by The Ernest M. Skinner Co.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 31
  • Registers: 27
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: 'Hold and Set' pneumatic/mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave straight pedalboard.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from John Roper on February 16, 2021.
Database Manager on February 07, 2019:

Probably last played in the 1990s. The church sustained a lightning strike, which has rendered the organ inoperable.

We received the most recent update for this note from John Roper on February 16, 2021.

Database Manager on December 23, 2005:

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:
Rebuild; damaged by fire in 1977; restored by Robert & Richard Lahaise in 1979; console moved to gallery.

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 1979

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Damaged by fire 24 Dec 1977. Releathered/restored c. 1978 by Robert & Richard Lahaise. Console moved to gallery.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist copied from the console: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Wayne Johnson on September 23, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: Vintage Postcard (ca. 1920); image courtesy of William Dunklin.

Sanctuary Interior, Chancel, and Organ Case: (ca. 1920) Photograph from a 1970's parish calendar; image courtesy of James R. Stettner.

Sanctuary Interior and Organ Case: (after sanctuary "Colonial" redesign, ca. 1960) Photograph from a 1970's parish calendar; image courtesy of James R. Stettner.

Nave, Balcony, and Console: (ca. 1960) Photograph from a 1970's parish calendar; image courtesy of James R. Stettner.

Sanctuary, Chancel, and Organ Case: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Console: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Left Drawknobs (Pedal and Swell): Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Right Drawknobs (Choir and Great): Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Choir Pipework: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Swell Pipework: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Pedal Pipework (16' Trombone): Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Great Pipework: Photograph by Wayne Johnson. Taken on 2016-03-02

Original appearance before the case was painted and the console was relocated: Photograph from an archival source: Vintage postcard, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken approx. ca. 1919

Pipe Organs in Massachusetts sponsored by:
This instrument has been viewed 745 times.