The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Residence: Albert M. & Bessie Johnson – "Scotty's Castle"
123 Scottys Castle Road
Death Valley, California 92328

Great Hall

OHS Database ID 39296.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition July 13, 2009.

Technical Details

Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 15 ranks.

The organ is in chambers at the center front of the room. There are no visible pipes. Horseshoe style console. The console is in a fixed position, right.

Stop keys in horseshoe curves. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Adjustable combination pistons. Concave radiating pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Combination action thumb pistons.


  • Identified through online information from Jim Lewis. -- Three-manuals. Electric action. Horseshoe console with separate player console. House is open for tours. (Database Manager. February 20, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. -- Made from the 10-rank Philadelphia Welte Studio organ, plus 4 ranks added by Welte for this installation. Reportedly cost $16,000.00. The organ had a Multi-Control 10-roll changer as well as a single roll player in an ornately carved cabinet. In 1935, former Welte employee Lloyd Davey -- who had installed the organ originally -- added a Wurlitzer 6-roll changer which played Wurlitzer Style-R reproducing rolls. It was the installation of this changer that facilitated the need for the Tuba rank being added - rank number 15. A used high-pressure Tuba was found, brass for new reed tongues was ordered from Kimball, and the new tongues were cut, curved, and voiced by former Welte tonal finisher James Nuttall in his Glendale, Calif., home. Source: text and photos in The Encyclopedia of the American Theatre Organ, Vol. II by David L. Junchen. (Database Manager. July 13, 2009)

Online Documents

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Great Hall with console, roll-player, and organ grille. Library of Congress photo in the private collection of Jim Lewis 1928-12-31
Console. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1970s)

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: from The Welte Organ in America - An Installation List by James Lewis, 2012
    Death Valley, California
    A. M. Johnson Residence - "Scotty's Castle"
    Welte-Mignon Corporation   1928   3 manuals, 15 ranks
    3 manual horseshoe console
    Single Roll Player console
    Multi-Control 10 roll changer
    Wurlitzer 6-roll changer *
    7" wind pressure throughout
    Two chambers
              16' Diaphone                85 pipes
              16' Tibia Clausa            85 pipes
              16' Flute                  101 pipes
              16' Viola                   85 pipes
               8' Viol d'Orchestre        73 pipes
               8' Viol Celeste            73 pipes
               8' Philomela               73 pipes
               8' Horn Diapason           73 pipes
               8' Tuba                    73 pipes *
               8' Trumpet                 73 pipes
               8' French Horn             61 pipes
               8' Clarinet                61 pipes
               8' Oboe                    61 pipes
               8' Kinura                  61 pipes
               8' Vox Humana              61 pipes
               4' Harp                    49 notes
               2' Glockenspiel            37 notes
               8' Chimes                  20 notes
                  Grand Piano             88 notes
                  Bass Drum
                  Snare Drum
                  Chinese Gong
                  Persian Cymbal
               *  added 1935 by Lloyd Davey
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-08-23]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: from The Welte Organ in America - An Installation List by James Lewis, 2012 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.