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Frank Roosevelt (Opus 433, 1889)

Location:

Church of the Angels, Episcopal
1100 Ave. 64
Pasadena, CA 91105 US
Organ ID: 6537

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Episcopal and Anglican Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Ventil
  • 325 pipes. 1 manuals. 6 stops.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Ventil chests
  • Position: In side chambers at the front of the room. Facade pipes or case front visible.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 1
  • Stops: 6
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 27
  • Key Action: Mechanical connection with pneumatic assists (i.e., Barker levers, etc.).
  • Stop Action: Mechanical connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on flat jambs.
  • Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat straight pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Hitchdown Couplers
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 07, 2018: We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Database Manager on July 30, 2017:

Updated by Manuel J. Rosales, who maintains the organ.

City of Garvanza (not Garvansas) which is partly in Los Angeles and partly in Pasadena. Church of the Angels uses zip code 91105 which is a Pasadena zip code.
The 2013/14 restoration by Rosales Organ Builders included the recreation of the double-rise bellows' inverted rib 2nd rise. New lighting and an access walkboard was added as well as a simple grill in the transept opening where there originally there was a façade of dummy pipes. While reconstruction of the dummy façade was considered the conclusion was that it would muffle the sound into the transept. The keyboards were rebushed and recovered with used ivory. The pedal board natural and sharp keys were replaced with new material. The sharp key overlay was increased in height to reduce accidents of also playing the adjacent natural keys. An LED lamp was installed over the music rack. The on-off switch was removed from the keydesk and placed on the wall at the bass end of the organ case. The hole left by the on-off switch was repaired with matching wood. The "signature Roosevelt" Doppelflute was restored by cleaning the nicking by removing the wax added in the 1960s. The Aeoline, which replaced the original 4' Flauto Traverso, required much needed voicing and regulation. This rank is softer than any of the other stops but its tone is intensely beautiful! The other ranks, all original, were regulated and tuned. A=440 @ 70F

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on July 29, 2017:

Fully restored by Rosales Organ Builders in 2013-14.

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

Database Manager on June 03, 2012:

Updated through online information from T. Daniel Hancock. -- In Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913, Revised edition, 2005, Organ Historical Society, this instrument is noted as being the only surviving representative of organs installed in the Los Angeles area before 1894.

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

Database Manager on May 08, 2007:

Updated through online information from David R. Piper.

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

Database Manager on March 21, 2007:

Updated through online information from David R. Piper. -- Other Features: super coupler manual, manual to pedal coupler. Notes: the Tremulant is currently not working. In the 1950s, a Maas-Rowe Carillon was added in the bell tower and a small keydesk was mounted just under the keydesk of the Roosevelt organ. Also, electric switches were added at some point, just to the right of the drawknobs, to control lights and the blower motor. This organ is played every Sunday at 10:15 AM to accompany church services and at various other times as well.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Status Note: There 1987.

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

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

City was Garvanzas, now part of Los Angeles. Tracker-ventil. Fox lists as R. C.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from the console in the early 2000s
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Chancel, organ on right: Photograph from the personal collection of Jim Lewis. Taken on 1895-05-08

Organ Chamber, Facade Pipes and Console: Archival source not identified by contributor: Jim Lewis.

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