Pipe Organ Database

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Lyle Blackinton & Associates, Inc. (1989)

Location:

First United Methodist Church
2111 Camino del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 45654

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Methodist 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: Slider with electro-pneumatic (EP) pallets (Blackinton-type)
  • 108 ranks. 6,092 pipes. 9 divisions. 4 manuals. 80 stops. 102 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider with electro-pneumatic (EP) pallets (Blackinton-type) chests
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 4
  • Divisions: 9
  • Stops: 80
  • Registers: 102
  • Position: Movable console.
  • 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 without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on August 31, 2011:

Updated through online information from Jeff Scofield. -- When the congregation moved to Mission Valley in 1964, 1929 3/28 Pilcher Op. 1453 was stored until 1971, at which time it was rebuilt and enlarged to 41 ranks by L. W. Blackinton & Associates and installed in the rear gallery of the new sanctuary; Blackinton had installed a 12-rank Chancel organ in 1967; in 1986, Blackinton removed the organs and rebuilt and enlarged them to 107 ranks, with 28 ranks in the Chancel and 80 ranks in the Gallery, including a Festival Trumpet donated by Blackinton in memory of his parents in 2010.

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

Database Manager on December 03, 2009:

Identified through online information from Jim Lewis. -- The organ has three manual divisions and pedal in the chancel and four manual divisions with pedal in the gallery. A 32' Principal forms the gallery facade. Total of 107 ranks. Four manual console is movable and stays in the chancel. It has drawknobs on angled and terraced jambs.

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

Instrument Images:

Organ in rear gallery: Photograph by Thomas Mellan. Taken on 2011-07-02

Console: Photograph by Jim Lewis. Taken on 1992-12-06

Great & Positif Set Up For Testing (Summer 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Pedal Upperwork Chest, (Summer 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Racking Gallery Enclosed Division Pipework (Summer 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Starting Installation, (Fall 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Expression Boxes Set Up (Fall 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Starting Facade Installation (Fall 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Ready for the Big Pipes, (Winter 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

"C" Side Almost Finished, (Winter 1987): Photograph by Douglas H. Cable.

Chancel and Pipe Facades: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Builder's Nameplate: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Left Chancel Pipe Facade: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Gallery Pipe Display: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Gallery Pipe Display and Herald Trumpet: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Herald Trumpet and Gallery Pipe Display: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Herald Trumpet and Gallery Pipe Display: Photograph by Angelina Ngo. Taken on 2015-12-13

Altar and clear window: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-07-16

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-07-16

Right chancel exposed pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-07-16

Sanctuary interior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-07-16

Sanctuary interior to rear and gallery exposed pipes: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2018-07-16

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