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Our Lady of Sorrows R.C. Church
403 Valencia Street
Las Vegas, New Mexico 87701

OHS Database ID 4772.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 21, 2017.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 25 stops. 27 registers. 28 ranks. 1590 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.

Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Status Note: There 1989. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. February 27, 2007)
  • Updated through online information from alan sciranko. (Database Manager. July 7, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner.
    While the nameplate says Geo. Kilgen, one of the videos available on either the website or the Facebook page states that the organ was built by Marshall Bros. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Database Manager. January 24, 2016)
  • Updated through online information from James R. Stettner. (Database Manager. February 1, 2016)
  • Updated by John Grunow, who maintains the organ.
    The printed specification incorrectly states there is a pneumatic key assist. This is not true. The confusion arises from a proposed organ built by Marshall Brothers of Milwaukee that appears in some historic documents in the church's archive. A local businessman traveled to St. Louis and was shown the Marshall and Kilgen organs displayed at the Mercantile Library in St. Louis. Records indicate they couldn't afford the Marshall instrument and instead purchased the Kilgen. The instrument arrived in Las Vegas in early October 1885 and was dedicated in late November of the same year. George and Charles Kilgen traveled from St. Louis to install the organ. Most, if not all flue ranks are inscribed with the initials G.H.K. on low C. Reed stops are not marked. Wind pressure is 3-1/2" for the entire instrument. The organ is in the beginning stages of a multiyear restoration. My company has been entrusted with this work. The goal is to restore it to original condition with the exception of an electric blower and tuning slides to protect previously cone-tuned pipes from further future damage. (Steven E. Lawson. May 4, 2017)
  • Updated by David Beatty, who has heard or played the organ.
    The pedal keys are spaced closer together than AGO standard. "White" keys are brown against black sharp/flat keys.
    "P" and "FF" (tutti) pistons are placed beneath both Swell and Great manuals, but are not functional at this time. The coupler draw knobs, as indicated in the stoplist, are not functional at this time. The action is quite stiff on both manuals at this time, but still playable. There has been a recent tuning, as attested by Bonnie Bolton, which seems to have held up. A great majority of pipes are sounding, although, understandably at this time, there is some variety in volume as one proceeds up the scale, with higher notes being more dependable than lower notes. The organ has some lovely stops that can only be enhanced by the restoration efforts. (Jeff Scofield. June 20, 2017)
  • Updated by David Beatty, who has heard or played the organ. (Steven E. Lawson. June 21, 2017)
  • Updated by David Beatty (Steven E. Lawson. June 21, 2017)

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Photographs

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Organ Case and Facade Pipes in rear gallery. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Keydesk. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Pedalboard L to R: hitchdown to activate Tremolo draw knob, unknown hitchdown, Swell shoe, nonfunctional organ on/off switch. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Left Stop Jamb. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Right Stop Jamb. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Builder's Nameplate with "FF" piston ("P" piston is further to the left.). Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Keydesk detail, showing left bifold door closed in front of manuals. (Separate top piece folds back above music rack.). Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Organ Case and Facade Pipes. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Swell pipes. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19
Great pipes. Photograph by David Beatty 2017-06-19

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist provided by Noel Channon
         Las Vegas, New Mexico
         Our Lady of Sorrows R. C. Church
    
         Kilgen   1885   2/28
         ___________________________________________________________________________________
    
         GREAT                        SWELL                       PEDAL
    
     16' Dbl Open Diapason 58     16' Bourdon Bass     12     16' Grand Dbl Open Diapason 27
      8' Open Dipason      58     16' Bourdon          46     16' Bourdon                 27
      8' Dulciana          58      8' Open Diapason    58      8' Violoncello             27
      8' Viol d'Gamba      58      8' Stopped Diapason 58
      8' Melodia           58      8' Viola            58
      4' Octave            58      8' Quintadena       58 
      4' Flute d'Amour     58      4' Viola            58
      3' Twelfth           58      4' Flute Traverso   58
    III  Mixture          174      2' Flautina         58
      8' Trumpet           58    III  Cornet          174
                                   8' Cornopean        58
                                   8' Bassoon          58
                                   8' Oboe             58
    
         MANUAL COUPLER:  Swell to Great
         PEDAL COUPLERS:  Great to Pedal
                          Swell to Pedal
         Vox Menualo
         4 pneumatic pistons   GREAT  F F P P
                               SWELL  F F P P
         REVERSIBLES:  Great to Pedal coupler
                       Tremolo to Swell couplers
         Balance Swell Pedal
         Motor Pedal
    
         Pneumatic lever is used on key action, makinng the thread as light as a piano
    
        [Received from Noel Channon February 12, 2016]
  • Click Here Stoplist provided by Noel Channon Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.