The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Wm. W. Carruth (Studio)
Oakland, California

"The Abbey" as Mr. Carruth's private studio was consistently refe

OHS Database ID 16199.

Status and Condition

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Technical Details

Tubular pneumatic key action. Pneumatic stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 8 stops. 8 registers. 8 ranks. 495 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console with roll top. There is an attached keydesk en fenêtre.

Stop keys above top manual. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Combination action thumb pistons.


  • Identified through information in Volume V p. 57 of the Pilcher factory ledger and list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 6, 2005)
  • Updated by Jon Roberts, naming this as the source of information: The American Organist, March 1922, pp. 91-92.

    The Pilcher organ was installed in Mr. Carruth's private studio, "The Abbey," in 1915 at a cost of $2,500. From its picture in the article from The American Organist of March 1922, pp. 91-92, it appears there may have been four combination pistons set in the slip between the Swell and Great manuals. The organ is spread across the entire front of the room; the console set in the center of thee casework, with two expression pedals; the stenciled Great 8' Open Diapason pipes in prospect; the entire organ a mere four-feet deep. The studio is described as being 17-feet wide, 30-feet long, with it's roof as 20-feet high at the peak. Housing a grand piano, music cabinet and table, it seated between 65-70 persons. An adjoining building housed the blower, storage for the knock-down chairs, a practice-room with a pedal-piano and a lavatory, making the studio an independent establishment. (Steven E. Lawson. August 10, 2017)

Online Documents

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  • Pilcher Organs. Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt. Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph. Document Date. April 5, 2005.

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"The Abbey" – Studio Entrance. The American Organist – March 1922, p. 91., courtesy of Jon Roberts (March, 1922)
Organ Console and Case. The American Organist – March 1922, p. 92, courtesy of Jon Roberts (March 1922)

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  • Original document from Jon Roberts.. Source: The American Organist, March 1922, pp. 91-92.

  • Oakland, CA
    Wm. W. Carruth (Studio) – "The Abbey"
    Organ by Henry Pilcher's Sons
    16' Bourdon - 32 pipes
    8' Open Diapason - 61 pipes
    8' Melodia - 61 pipes
    8' Dulciana - 61 pipes
    8' Stopped Diapason - 73 pipes
    8' Oboe-Salicional - 73 pipes
    8' Vox Celeste - 61 pipes
    4' Flute Harmonic - 73 pipes
  • Original document from Jon Roberts.. Source: The American Organist, March 1922, pp. 91-92. Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.