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Pomona College
Claremont, California

Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music

OHS Database ID 33248.

Status and Condition

The organ has been relocated and is no longer at this location.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition March 13, 2013.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 6 divisions. 51 stops. 92 registers. 58 ranks. 3834 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. Traditional style console. The console is in a fixed position, left.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified from factory documents and publications courtesy of Stephen Schnurr. See also opera 1928 and 2113. (Database Manager. February 28, 2008)
  • Updated through online information from Rick England. -- The organ was altered in the 1970's by Manuel Rosales. The Echo division was not included in the rebuilding although the pipes were left on the chests and were visible through the swell shades. Rosales' rebuild included a Great, Swell (expressive) Positif (not expressive) and Solo (expressive) and Pedal. 60 stops (about 51 ranks - not sure of Pedal unification)The organ was for sale for a long time and eventually broken up for parts. The organ may have contained stops from the Bridges Auditorium Estey organ (their Magnum opus) The organ was replaced by a wonderful 3 manual Fisk. (Database Manager. June 24, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- 22 ranks retained from 1914 Möller Op. 1928; when the organ was replaced by the Fisk, the console was moved to Wilshire Christian Church to be used with their Murray Harris/Reuter organ. (Database Manager. January 11, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Weston Harris. -- The Rosales rebuild in 1976 included removing various pipe sets from the Bridges Auditorium of Music organ Estey Opus 2981. Most sets were merely transplanted displacing Moller ranks, other ranks were reworked into other stops -- e.g., the Violina cut down to be 1 3/5' Tierce, treble extensions of ranks used to recompose mixtures, etc. A new III Scharff, 32' Bombarde (extension of Swell Trompette/wood resonators), and 8' French Bombarde (displacing the Moller Tuba) were added to the organ. The 16' Diapason (open wood) was capped to become 32' Bourdon. The Choir organ shades were removed. Parts of the Echo organ remained in place. This division's Trumpet (tongues removed and pipes piled up in a corner of the Echo chamber) were restored and are the State Trumpet at St. Augustine By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Santa Monica, California. The displaced Tuba (in a pile just inside the chamber doors of the Bridges Auditorium Estey organ) was restored and is a notable stop in the Wilshire Christian organ. The 32' Bourdon is in a home installation in northern San Diego. The organ project at Wilshire Christian Church was cut short by the 2008 recession being around 2/3rd's finished (lacking Positiv, State Trumpets, casework restoration, and general details). The 120 year old congregation sold the building (1926 historic landmark) in 2012 to Oasis Church/Los Angeles. I remain as curator of the organ and they will use it on holiday occasions. (Database Manager. March 13, 2013)

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Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield at Wilshire Christian 2001-01-12

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  • Specifications from the OHS Archives via Jim Lewis
            Claremont, California
            Pomona College
            Mabel Shaw Bridges Hall of Music
            Möller   Op. 6753   1939   4/58
            x - retained from previous instrument
            GREAT                           SWELL
        16' Contra Viola     61 x       16' Flute Conique    61
         8' Diapason         61          8' Geigen Principal 73
         8' Rohr Bourdon     61          8' Gedeckt          73 x          
         8' Gemshorn         61 x        8' Salicional       73 x
         8' Claribel Flute   SO          8' Voix Celeste     73 x
         8' Gedeckt          SW          8' Flute Conique    SW
         8' Salicional       SW          4' Principal        73
         8' Voix Celeste     SW          4' Flute ⌂          73
         8' Flute Conique    SW          4' Violina          73 x
         4' Octave           61      2 2/3' Flute Conique     7
         4' Flute Harmonique 61 x        2' Flute Conique     5
         4' Traverse Flute   SO          2' Flautina         61 x
         4' Flute ⌂          SW         II  Mixture         122
     2 2/3' Twelfth          61         IV  Plein Jeu       244
         2' Fifteenth        61         16' Double Trumpet   73
       III  Mixture         183          8' Cornopean        73 x
         8' Cornopean        SW          8' Oboe             73 x
         4' Clarion          SW          8' Vox Humana       73 x
            Super                        4' Clarion          73
            Chimes           SO             Tremolo
            Harp             SW             Sub
                                            Unison Off
            GREAT ECHO                      Super
         8' English Diapason 73
         8' Chimney Flute    73             CHOIR
         8' Gemshorn         61          8' Diapason         73
         4' Principal        73          8' Concert Flute    73 x
         4' Gemshorn         12          8' Gemshorn         61
         4' Flute            12          8' Dulciana         73 x
     2 2/3' Gemshorn          7          8' Unda Maris       73 x
         2' Gemshorn          5          4' Gemshorn         12
         8' Muted Trumpet    73          4' Flute d'Amour    73 x
            Tremolo                      4' Dulciana         12 x
                                     2 2/3' Nazard Flute     61 x
            PEDAL                    2 2/3' Gemshorn          7 
        32' Contra Bourdon    7 x        2' Gemshorn          5 
        16' Diapason         32 x        8' Trompette        73
        16' Bourdon          32 x        8' Clarinet         73 x
        16' Gemshorn         12             Tremolo
        16' Contra Viola     GT             Sub
        16' Flute Conique    SW             Super
        16' Echo Bourdon     12 EC          Harp             
        16' Echo Gemshorn    12 EC          Harp Celesta     61
    10 2/3' Quint            SW             Harp Dampers
         8' Principal        32 x
         8' Flute            12 x           SOLO
         8' Flute Conique    SW          8' Claribel Flute   73
         8' Gemshorn         GT          8' Gamba            73 x
         4' Octave           12 x        8' Gamba Celeste    73 x
         4' Flute            32          4' Traverse Flute   73 x
         4' Gemshorn         GT         16' English Horn     73
        II  Sesquialtera     64          8' Harmonic Tuba    73
        16' Bombarde         32 x        8' English Horn     12
        16' Double Trumpet   SW             Tremolo
        16' English Horn     SO             Sub
         8' Cornopean        SW             Super
         8' English Horn     SO             Chimes           21 x
         4' Clarion          SW
         4' English Horn     SO             SOLO ECHO 
            Chimes           GT          8' English Diapason
                                         8' Chimney Flute
                                         8' Gemshorn
                                         4' Principal
                                         4' Flute
                                         4' Gemshorn
                                     2 2/3' Gemshorn
                                         2' Gemshorn
                                         8' Muted Trumpet
            [Received online from Jeff Scofield January 9, 2012]
  • Click Here Specifications from the OHS Archives via Jim Lewis Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.