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Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby zurek » Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:52 pm

Since many users urged me to disclose what I am preparing, I decided to open up a bit, although I do this only very seldom.

Some of you know, that we visited U.S.A. this year, we spent 2 wonderful and exciting months on the lovely Western coast. Some years ago, I would not even dream of seeing the Pacific ocean. It is all so beautiful, captivating and exotic for me. We were priviledged to record 13 interesting instruments thanks to the activity of my beloved friends and colleagues, instruments which nicely cover the American Organ History, from the 19th century, to the present.

Some of these recordings will become very lovely sample sets. Now, the first of them released will be an Aeolian-Skinner, since many are thirsting for a high quality Aeolian-Skinner sample set.

Here two screenshots of the sample set under construction:
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As you can see, this is from the later period of Aeolian-Skinner history, so very different from the Skinners or Aeolian-Skinners of the earlier (or later) period. For this reason, it is very interesting addition to the Hauptwerk organ showcase. Still the "American Classic" in style, but sprinkled by the individual taste of the latest G. Donald Harrison (d. 1956) tonal statement, when Joseph Whiteford became the tonal director. Charming.

I am doing my best to release also one very important Manuel Rosales instrument, hopefully still before Christmas, although - as you know - everything always takes longer time than expected, and I certainly do not wish to release something of a worse quality only because of the temptation to rush to have the result ready.

After that, I will see, what to release next, perhaps a Brombaugh? Or, some old historical U.S. organ? Well, I still did not decide.
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby 1961TC4ME » Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:04 pm

Hooray!! Wonderful news, Jiri! I pray to God it has a decent acoustic and you do your 6-channel surround magic with it. If so, I'll be camped out the night before the store opens to purchase! :wink:

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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby Tweedle_Dee » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:03 pm

Exciting news! Here's to hoping there is a semi-dry option suitable for church use.
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby engrssc » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:09 pm

That IS good news. Best and more power to you. Those screen shots are gorgeous.

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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby smfrank » Wed Sep 14, 2016 3:45 pm

I'll buy it the day you announce it!!!!!
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby murph » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:19 pm

Oh, great news!!

I'm intriuged by the Rosales. If you are going to have it ready for Christmas, it's probably not OP11 (or could one hope for OP24?).
Which leaves Fresno.......


The prospect of a Skinner collection is quite good, too! (Although, I prefer earlier than this one, it might be worth a shot. I need a birthday pressie for me.)
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby 1961TC4ME » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:32 pm

I did a little research on this instrument, opus 1301 shows as originally located at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California, however a few sites I found says it is no longer at this location and was 'relocated.' :?:

Anything else you can share? Perhaps it was moved to and sampled at the much larger acoustic of St. John the Divine in NY? :wink:

Thanks, Jiri, and keep up the good work!

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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby sonar11 » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:36 pm

Thanks Jiri, I'm looking forward to it! I also echo previous comments: please do your 6 channel thing on this skinner, and also please make the samples as high quality and clear as the rotterdam transept; I love that "small" organ, mostly due to how incredibly clear and pure some of the sounds in the sample are.
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby Doug S. » Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:46 pm

That's Christmas in September!
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby telemanr » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:19 pm

I'd still like a revised Mt. Carmel. Love the French horn.
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby profeluisegarcia » Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:29 pm

1961TC4ME wrote:I did a little research on this instrument, opus 1301

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Me toov :) : http://www.organsociety.org/database/Pr ... anID=35565
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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby Arp » Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:11 am

Hi Jiri,

have you planned for the future a sample set of Alkmaar's St Laurenskeerk ?

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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby IainStinson » Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:30 am

I think this may help...
Schoenstein & Co., 1983.
Originally built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. - Opus 1301, 1956
OHS Database ID 53872.
First Covenant Church
Redwood Rd.
Oakland, California


Church website http://www.oaklandfirstcovenant.org/ has no details of the organ beyond

The 9am Service is slightly bent towards a traditional style. The sound of a pipe organ sets the mood for our service. You will get to sing more hymns in this service too. All ages are welcome


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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby 1961TC4ME » Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:03 am

IainStinson wrote:I think this may help...
Schoenstein & Co., 1983.
Originally built by Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. - Opus 1301, 1956
OHS Database ID 53872.
First Covenant Church
Redwood Rd.
Oakland, California


Church website http://www.oaklandfirstcovenant.org/ has no details of the organ beyond

The 9am Service is slightly bent towards a traditional style. The sound of a pipe organ sets the mood for our service. You will get to sing more hymns in this service too. All ages are welcome


Iain


Excellent detective work, Iain!

Looking like it's in a good sized acoustic, I'm liking what I'm seeing so far.

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Re: Aeolian-Skinner from Sonus Paradisi forthcomming

Postby OrganoPleno » Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:15 pm

IainStinson wrote:Church website http://www.oaklandfirstcovenant.org/ has no details of the organ...


There is an attached financial statement which states the following:
"Two significant fixtures include (i) the Aeolian-Skinner organ, purchased in 1983 from the St. Johns Presbyterian Church in Berkeley, California and (ii) the stained glass windows..."

"The Aeolian-Skinner organ (classified as a historic treasure)..."

Nice to see that the Instrument is appreciated (and cared for) in its current home.
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