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Fratelli Ruffatti (1982)

Location:

Crystal Cathedral / Christ Cathedral
12141 Lewis St
Garden Grove, CA 92840 US
Cathedral
Organ ID: 23457

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ is currently being renovated or restored.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from YouFoundSharpe on August 08, 2020.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 293 ranks. 15,966 pipes. 14 divisions. 5 manuals. 302 stops. 218 registers.
All:
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on July 05, 2019.
Main:
  • Manuals: 5
  • Divisions: 14
  • Stops: 302
  • Registers: 218
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on July 05, 2019.
Database Manager on April 17, 2019:

Updated by Sam Cherubin, naming this as the source of information: \"The Organs and the Carillon of the Crystal Cathedral\".

Organ is currently being restored/renovated by Ruffatti Organs in Italy, pipes are being cleaned & restored, casework is being renovated and repainted, wind-chests are being releathered and restored. Former Walker digital voices are being discarded and replaced by another firm, per Diapason Magazine from June 2014, page 28.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 18, 2019.

Database Manager on February 05, 2013:

Updated through online information from Matt Gerhard.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on December 31, 2011:

Updated through online information from steve bournias. -- Contact with Trivo Co Hagerstown MD;Tuba Mirabilis is patterned after the Wurlitzer scale @8"d.@CC and voiced on 18" wp.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on January 12, 2011:

Updated through on-line information from Sam Cherubin. -- A new String, East and West En Chamades were added on by Ruffatti. The West Organ (Epistle) contains 244 pipes of Trompette en Chamades on 12" of Pressure. The East Organ (Gospel & Echo) also contains Trompette en Chamades but a different timbre from the Chamades is the Epistle Organ. The En Chamade in the East organ is on 16" of pressure. The en chamades even have their own blowers (East and West).

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on May 07, 2006:

Identified through on-line information from Scott Crowell. -- The Hazel Wright organ consists of the 1962 Aeolian-Skinner organ (opus 1388) from the Lincoln Center in New York City and the 1977 Fratelli Ruffatti organ built for the church's former sanctuary, the Garden Grove Community Church. The organ has two 5-manual consoles, a main console and a console in the rear (south) gallery. Organ has some digital stops that are not included in the data above.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Stoplist from "The Organs and the Carillon of the Crystal Cathedral" booklet: Open In New Tab Original document from Sam Cherubin. Originally published 2019-03-23
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on March 23, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Main organ: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Epistle organ: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Gallery Pedal, Contra Bombarde 32': Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Console, side view: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Console, front view: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Gallery organ: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Gospel organ: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Epistle organ: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Gallery Pedal: Montre le Tour 16': Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Gallery organ from outside - open panel: Photograph by Tim Pettay. Taken on 1997-06-21

Consoles (l to r - former balcony Ruffatti, chancel Ruffatti, and balcony Möller): Photograph (1990) courtesy of Frederick Swann via Jeff Scofield.

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Brad Engelland. Taken on 2019-07-01

Main Organ: Photograph by Brad Engelland, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-07-01

Main organ left: Photograph by Brad Engelland, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-07-01

Main organ right: Photograph by Brad Engelland, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-07-01

South Gallery Organ: Photograph by Brad Engelland, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-07-01

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