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Restoration of Opus 582 Complete

The restoration of the Skinner concert organ at Stambaugh Auditorium is complete. We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to return this very unique Skinner organ to its prime.

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Left: Stambaugh Auditorium is a public auditorium located in Youngstown, Ohio.

Restoration of Opus 1091 Complete

We are pleased to announce the completion of our restoration of the Aeolian-Skinner organ at Herrick Chapel. Please check back for information concerning up-and-coming recitals on this magnificent instrument.

November 12, 2010: Organ awarded citation from the Organ Historical Society.

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Left: Herrick Chapel is located on the campus of Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

Restoration of Opus 732 Complete

The restoration of the Skinner Organ Company's Opus 732 at Hope College, Holland, Michigan was completed in September 2006. For more information about the instrument, please click on the link below to view the stoplist, before and after photos, and a brief history.

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Left: The console of Opus 732 and its original electro-pneumatic mechanism have been completely restored.

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Aubrey Thompson-Allen (1907-1974) founded our company in 1952. Mr. Thompson-Allen was an articled apprentice trained by Henry Willis III of Henry Willis & Sons, London, and he became Managing Director of the Willis firm before accepting G. Donald Harrison’s invitation to join the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company in 1949. Later, upon accepting the position of Curator of Organs at Yale University, Mr. Thompson-Allen established our firm, which has sought to provide maintenance and restoration services for distinguished American pipe organs.

Aubrey Thompson-Allen seated at the console of the Newberry Memorial Organ at Yale.

Upon Mr. Thompson-Allen’s retirement in 1973, his son Nicholas, and his former assistant, Joseph F. Dzeda, continued and expanded the scope of the firm, dedicated to preserving and restoring the remaining instruments of the Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company. To date we have restored fifteen such instruments, in addition to several others by other builders.

Our company consists of seven full-time people, and all but two members of our staff have been with us for more than twenty years. In addition to maintaining and restoring Yale’s fifteen pipe organs, we provide regular service to over one hundred instruments in the tri-state area. Our restoration work has taken us to such far-flung places as Evanston (IL), Winston-Salem (NC), Portland, (ME) and we have recently completed the restoration of the four-manual Skinner instrument at Hope College, Holland, Michigan. We are well known for our sympathetic approach to restoration, the quality of our work, and for our ability to meet our contractual obligations in a timely manner. Our firm was among the very first to embrace the concept of faithful restorations for quality instruments built in the first part of the twentieth century.

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Skinner and Aeolian-Skinner
First Presbyterian Church
Wilmington, North Carolina

Skinner Organ Company Opus 713, 1928
Old Cabell Hall
University of Virginia at Charlottesville

Ernest M. Skinner Company Opus 127, 1906
Marquand Chapel
Yale University at New Haven, Connecticut

Skinner Organ Company Opus 866, 1931
Elm Court
Residence at Butler, Pennsylvania

Skinner Organ Company Opus 783, 1929
St. Peter's Church
Morristown, New Jersey

Skinner Organ Company Opus 836, 1930
Trinity Church on the Green
New Haven, Connecticut

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 927, 1935
South Congregational Church
Hartford, Connecticut

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1181, 1950
Saint Paul's Church
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Skinner Organ Company Opus 712, 1928
Saint Luke's Church
Evanston, Illinois

Skinner Organ Company Opus 327, 1921
Ashburn Chapel
The Brooks School at North Andover, Massachusetts

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 980, 1938
Saint Luke's Cathedral
Portland, Maine

Skinner Organ Company Opus 699, 1928
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

Skinner Organ Company Opus 603, 1926
Dimnent Chapel
Hope College at Holland, Michigan

Skinner Organ Company Opus 732, 1928
Seymour Congregational Church
Seymour, Connecticut

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1262, 1955
Herrick Chapel
Grinnell College, Iowa

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1091, 1946

Other Builders
Barnes Chapel
At West Cemetery, Bristol, Connecticut

Harry Hall Opus 37, 1930
Battell Chapel
Yale University at New Haven, Connecticut

Holtkamp Organ Company Opus 1653, 1951
First Congregational Church
Madison, Connecticut

M.P. Möller Opus 5713, 1929
Harbison Chapel
Grove City College at Pennsylvania

W.W. Kimball Opus 7102, 1931
Lauralton Hall
Milford, Connecticut

Austin Organ Company Opus 1221, 1924

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