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Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc. (Opus 5882, 1937)

Location:

St. Paul Catholic Church
1920 S Bronson Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90018 US
Sanctuary; rear gallery
Organ ID: 69225

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Roman Catholic Churches
  • The organ has an unknown or unreported status.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jim Stettner on September 26, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • 5 divisions. 3 manuals.
Choir Loft (rear of the Church) :
  • Built by Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc.
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 5
  • 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: Stop keys above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Adjustable combination pistons.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
We received the most recent update for this console from Francis Cummings on September 24, 2021.

Chancel:
  • Built by Geo. Kilgen & Son, Inc.
  • 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: Traditional style with roll top.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
We received the most recent update for this console from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2021.
Francis Cummings on September 24, 2021:

The Echo division mixture chest has toggle switches to turn off each rank of the 3 rk Mixture for tuning.

There was an English Horn on the Choir division.

We received the most recent update for this note from Francis Cummings on September 24, 2021.

Francis Cummings on September 24, 2021:

This Kilgen was quite nice. I learned to play organ on it in 1968. The main console is in the rear Choir Loft. It is a 3MP. Attached to the console to the right of the Choir manual "Box of 10 push buttons" to play the tower bells. I don't think the bells are working anymore.

Over each division tabs was a cancel "button" more like a 2" bar with the division name on it. Typical Kilgen. I think the old console in the New York Catholic Cathedral looked like this one.

The 2nd console at the front left side of the pews, under the Echo Organ. It is a 2MP. The Choir was played on the Great. If playing this console, it was always a good idea to use a stop on the Echo as your "monitor" for the delay was distracting.

We received the most recent update for this note from Francis Cummings on September 24, 2021.

Jim Stettner on September 23, 2021:

Identified through online information from Francis Cummings. -- Los Angeles, St. Paul's Catholic Church at Washington and Bronson Ave. has a Geo. Kilgen and Sons, 3MP. 2 consoles. one 2mp downstairs, and 3 MP in choir loft. about 44 ranks. It had an echo organ of about 9 ranks. I learned on the instrument 1968-1973. It was in bad shape about 1979.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on September 23, 2021.

Instrument Images:

Choir loft: Great and Choir in left chamber, Swell in right chamber : Photograph by Francis Cummings , submitted by Francis Cummings. Taken on 2007-01-21

Echo organ and console : Photograph by Francis Cummings, submitted by Francis Cummings. Taken on 2007-01-21

Echo organ facade: Photograph by Francis Cummings, submitted by Jim Stettner. Taken on 2007-01-21

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