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BuilderID 1069

Builder Identification

Van Nuys, California, 1900s.

Additional Notes

  • Note from Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, November 22, 2017. —

    Paul Carlsted was born c. 1892; he began with the Robert-Morton Co. of Van Nuys, California, as a draftsman, eventually rising to factory manager. One of his major contributions to the company was the redesign of the consoles shortly after starting there. The firm's earlier designs tended to be more conservative in a style associated with churches and concert halls rather than movie palace theaters. Carlsted brought a flamboyance in styling to better compete with Wurlitzer's over-the-top theater console styles.

    Carlsted also was responsible for a different chest style used by Robert-Morton after 1925. The Carlsted unit chest held only one rank, and did not allow the most efficient use of floor space, but it was far lighter than the previously used design allowing much easier installation. The new windchests placed the pouches very close to the magnets which exhausted them, and made it possible to locate all the serviceable elements of the windchest on the bottomboard, service was thus simplified.


    • David H. Fox
    •, accessed November 22, 2017,

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, revised edition, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997). —

    Born c. 1892; with Robert-Morton Co. of Van Nuys, California, factory manager.


    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

Database Entries

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