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Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E. Green Street
Pasadena, California 91101

OHS Database ID 39051.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and is used occasionally.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 21, 2016.


Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

5 manuals. 6 divisions. 22 stops. 179 registers. 28 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in chambers to the sides at the front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Horseshoe style console. The console is on a lift.

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- Built in 1938 as Englishman Reginald Foort's travelling organ. After 136 road trips around England, it was loaned to the BBC during WW II, then sold to them. In 1975, it was sold to a California pizza parlor. In 1980, it was sold to the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, where Foort now lived. He died a few weeks after its first use. (Database Manager. February 9, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Stephen Hall. -- The Pasadena Civic Auditorium website has a list of technical specifications for performers that states there is a 28 rank, 5 manual theater organ and that the console is on a lift. It is listed with the two stage pianos so it is presumed to be usable. (Database Manager. May 18, 2012)
  • Built in 1938 as touring organ for Reginald Foort of Great Britain. Organ was sold to the BBC, which acquired the former Jubilee Chapel (an unused Methodist church) in Hoxton (north London), for a new broadcasting studio; the organ remained there for almost 30 years. In 1963, the organ was sold to Dutch Radio Hilversum, largely at the behest of organist Cor Steyn, and installed in a church ("Tesselschadekerk") in Hilversum, The Netherlands. Cor Steyn died soon after the organ went on the air; due to a lack of suitable players, the organ remained silent for most of its time in Holland. In 1973, Peter Möller Daniels of M.P. Möller, inspected the organ for a prospective buyer, Preston M. (Sandy) Fleet, who wanted it for his Organ Power Pizza #2 restaurant in Pacific Beach, California. The organ was shipped to the Möller factory where it was refurbished. Several alterations were made: the Doppel Flute was replaced with a Brass Saxophone, while the original Saxophone was replaced by a French Horn; the Post Horn was extended down to 16' pitch, and the rebuilt console was refinished in white and gold. After installation in the restaurant, the organ was dedicated by Reginald Foort in November 1975. By 1979 the organ was for sale again. When the organ became available, Gordon Belt and J.B. Nethercutt purchased the organ and donated it to the city of Pasadena for installation in the Civic Auditorium. Dave Junchen and Steve Adams installed the organ over a period of nine months, spending much time re-regulating its pipes and tremulants toward a more theatre organ sound. Tom Hazelton played the dedication concert on April 23, 1980; Reginald Foort was in attendance, and was moved to tears. (Database Manager. June 21, 2016)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Petty, Bynum. "Richard O. Whitelegg: The Voice of M.P. Moller," The Tracker (Vol. 57, No. 3 [Summer 2013]). [Description of Whitelegg's role at Moller and other builders, including citation of specific instruments]
  • Junchen, David L.. Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ. (Pasadena, CA: Showcase Publications, 1989), [0]

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Console. Photograph by Mark Herman 2016-09-26
This is Reginald Foort's refinished Möller organ console seen in Möller's console department just after it has been refinished.. Archival source not identified by contributor: Mark Hurley, ca 1973

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from Larry Chace
    Pasadena, California
    Pasadena Civic Auditorium
    
    M. P. Möller, Inc.   Opus 6690   1938 / 1980          5 manuals, 179 registers, 26 stops, 28 ranks
    
    Built in 1938 as 5/27 touring organ for Reginald Foort (England)
    Installed in Pasadena Civic Auditorium by David Junchen - completed in 1980
    __________________________________________________________________________________________________
    
         MAIN CHAMBER (enclosed)                              SOLO CHAMBER (enclosed)
     16' Diaphonic Diapason        85 pipes  15 & 10"     16' English Post Horn         85 pipes  20"
     16' Chorus Trumpet            85 pipes  15 & 10"     16' Bombarde/Tuba Mirabilis   85 pipes  15"
     16' Cello                     97 pipes  15 & 10"      8' Tibia Clausa I            85 pipes  18"
      4' Cello Celeste             61 pipes  10"           8' Tibia Clausa III          85 pipes  11"
     16' Tibia Clausa II           97 pipes  15 & 10"      8' Brass Saxophone           61 pipes  15"
      4' Vox Humana II             61 pipes  10"           8' Vox Humana I              73 pipes  10"
      8' Open Diapason             85 pipes  10"           8' Solo Trumpet              73 pipes  15"
      8' Concert Flute             85 pipes  10"           8' Tuba Horn                 73 pipes  15"
      8' Viol d'Orchestre          85 pipes  10"           8' French Horn               73 pipes  10"
      8' Viol Celeste              73 pipes  10"           8' Orchestral Oboe           73 pipes  10"
      4' Orchestral Strings 2 rks 122 pipes  10"           8' Clarinet                  73 pipes  10"
      4' Spitz Violes 2 rks       122 pipes  10"           4' Krumet                    61 pipes  10"
                                                           4' Musette                   61 pipes  10"
         MAIN CHAMBER (unenclosed)                            Marimba                   49 notes  28"
     16' Pedal Tibia               32 pipes  10"
         Xylophone                 49 notes  20"              SOLO CHAMBER (unenclosed)
         Vibraphone                49 notes  12"          32' Bombarde (ext.)           12 pipes  28"
         Toy Counter                                          Glockenspiel              37 notes  28"
                                                              Chimes                    18 notes  28"
    
    
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-06-21]
    
    
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