Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2721, 1989)

Originally Wangerin Organ Co. (1929)

Location:

St. Vibiana's Roman Catholic Cathedral
Los Angeles, CA US
Organ ID: 13842

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has been altered with the introduction of a digital/computer memory system.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Austin Universal Air
  • 71 ranks. 4,169 pipes. 6 divisions. 4 manuals. 80 stops. 60 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Austin Universal Air chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 6
  • Stops: 80
  • Registers: 60
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 03, 2016:

Updated through online information from Jelil Romano.
Austin built a new organ in 1989 for St. Vibiana's Cathedral, reusing much of the old 1929 Wangerin pipework in the new organ, including the entire String Organ. The organ has been removed as the cathedral was closed. Some of the pipework is now in Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles.

The Austin Organ at St. Vibiana's, as it was originally heard in the Cathedral, can be heard at: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jelil+romano%2C+St.+Vibiana%27s+organ

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

Database Manager on November 19, 2012:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- The cathedral sustained extensive structural damage during the 1994 Northridge earthquake; the Archdiocese was already considering a much larger building, so saw no sense in repairing the old cathedral; in order to stop the Archdiocese from demolishing the historic old cathedral, the City of Los Angeles took over the building in exchange for giving the Archdiocese a large plot of land next to the 101 Freeway as a place for the new cathedral; the relatively-new Austin was parted out, with parts used in the Dobson in the new cathedral; the deconsecrated cathedral was purchased by a private party, preserved and retrofitted and now used as an event space called Vibiana.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on March 07, 2021.

Database Manager on July 09, 2007:

Updated through on-line information from James R. Stettner. -- I examined the organ in 1995. Housed in case of 1929 Wangerin. Six divisions: Great, Swell, Choir, Solo, String, & Pedal. Chancel Great and Chancel Swell prepared-for with 10 blank drawknobs each. String division enclosed with Solo, and coupled via Solo couplers. Prepared-for stops: Gt: III Cymbale; Ped: IV Mixture; and Ch: Zymbelstern. Some Wangerin ranks retained. The two Pedal 32' flue stops are electronic 12-note extensions.

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

Database Manager on October 20, 2005:

Rebuild of 1929 Wangerin Organ in St. Vibiana Church. Parts of this organ incorporated in Dobson Op. 75 (2003), Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

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

Database Manager on January 08, 2005:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist courtesy of Jim Stettner
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Left stopjamb (Pedal & Swell): Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1994-08-29

"Right stopjamb (Solo, String, Great, & Choir)": Photograph by James R. Stettner. Taken on 1994-08-29

Cathedral interior: Photograph from an archival source: William Reagh, via Beholdingthesacred.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. 1983

Cathedral interior after building sold: Photograph from an archival source: beholdingthesacred.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2004-03-03

Cathedral exterior: Photograph from an archival source: pinterest.com, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken approx. ca.2004

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