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Crome Organ Co. (1961before)

Originally M. P. Möller (Opus 5670, 1930)

Location:

Bosco Technical Institute
Rosemead, CA US
Organ ID: 52807

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: High Schools, Preparatory Schools, and Academies
  • The organ is no longer extant; destroyed.
  • 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: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 12 ranks. 2 manuals.
All:
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • 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: Horseshoe style console.
  • Stop Controls: Stop keys in horseshoe curves.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 20, 2014:

Identified through online information from Frank Sele. -- A relocated pipe organ, originally built by M.P. Möller in 1930, identified by Frank Sele.
For high school I attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in Rosemead, CA from 1961 to 1965. A new multipurpose auditorium/basketball court had recently been built which included Moller Opus 5670. It was installed hanging from the ceiling over a choir loft on the north end of the building. I was told that the Los Angeles Archdiocese was offered the organ due to the Badham residence being about to be demolished for a freeway. The organ was installed by the Crome organ company. Due to severe space restrictions in the hanging organ chamber the regulators were installed above the pipework. The organ bench was a beautiful piece of furniture with geometric molding designs on it yet the sides of the console were inexplicably (at the time) plain. Many years later I came across an old Architectural Digest magazine which pictured the Badham residence showing the location of the console in an alcove which explained the plain sides. A caption on a photo of the garden said that the organ also spoke outside; the junction board in the console had terminals labeled "Lawn Shades". As installed at Bosco Tech there was only room for 12 ranks. As I remember, the Great had a Diapason, Harmonic Flute, Dulciana, 2 2/3 Flute, Clarinet and Tuba; the Swell had a Principal, Flute, Salicional, Voix Celeste and Oboe; the Bourdon/Lieblich Gedect and the Chimes were located between the Great and Swell chests. Some of the stop tabs had been turned over and re-engraved; Vox Humana, Vox Angelica and Harp were no longer in the organ. During my student years I sang there in a very good choir often accompanied by the organ. I later taught at the school for a number of years and it was always fun to play the organ. The auditorium has tilt-up concrete walls ( I understand they were the largest ever attempted at the time) and the place was acoustically very live. In the mid nineties I visited the school and found the organ not there. It had been thrown away to make room for a faculty dining area.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Photos of Moller Opus 5670: Open In New Tab 1 photo of original installation, 3 photos of Bosco Tech installation
We received the most recent update for this document from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ hung from ceiling in gymnasium/auditorium: Archival source not identified by contributor: Frank Sele (Ca 1960).

Console: Archival source not identified by contributor: Frank Sele (ca 1960).

Interior of gymnasium/auditorium: Archival source not identified by contributor: frank Sele (ca 1960).

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