The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Balboa Park: Spreckels Organ Pavilion
San Diego, California

OHS Database ID 13910.


Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition August 12, 2007.


Technical Details

Austin Universal Air Chests(©).

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 57 stops. 74 registers. 73 ranks. 4518 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front. The console is movable.

Stop keys above top manual. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Crescendo Pedal. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm. (James Cook. January 8, 2005)
  • Renovated, restored, rebuilt 1935, 1960, 1981, 1987, 1990, 2003. (James Cook. May 11, 2005)
  • Updated through on-line information from Douglas W. Craw. (Database Manager. August 12, 2007)

Online Documents

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Bibliography

  • Duncan, Douglas Ian. "The First Six Decades Spreckels Organ Pavilion Balboa Park, Sandiego, California," The Diapason (January, 2005 [Whole No. 1142]: pp. 18-21). [History, photographs, stoplist, memoirs]

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Photographs

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Pavilion. Photograph by Jim Cook 2009-11-20
Dedication Plaque. Photograph by Jim Cook 2009-11-20
Dedication Plaque. Photograph by Jim Cook 2009-11-20
Facade. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Facade Close-Up. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Console. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Windlines and Reservoirs for High Pressure Trumpets atop Swell Box. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Chest Panel with Logo for Universal Air Chesr. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Stage, Console, and Pavilion Seating. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Traps. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework and Pavilion Seating. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Pipework. Photograph by Angelina Ngo 2015-12-15
Console. Photograph courtesy of Evelyn Gibbs 2005-11-06
Pavilion and grounds. Photograph courtesy of Evelyn Gibbs 2005-11-06

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist from Spreckels Organ web site

  • San Diego, California
    Balboa Park - Spreckels Organ Pavilion
    
    Austin Organ Company   Opus 453   1915 (rev.)      4 manuals, 57 stops, 73 ranks
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    
            GREAT ORGAN                               SOLO ORGAN 
        16' Major Diapason      46 a               8' Grand Diapason      73
         8' Stentorphone        61                 8' Tibia Plena         73
         8' Open Diapason       61                 8' Gross Gamba         73
         8' Horn Diapason       61                 4' Flute Ouverte       73
         8' Gross Floete        61                 8' Tuba Sonora         GT
         8' Doppel Floete       61 b               8' Horn Tuba           73 (1960)
         8' Violoncello         61 b               8' Orchestral Oboe     73
         4' Octave              61                16' Bombarde            61 (1988)
         4' Harmonic Flute      61 b               8' Festival Trumpet    61 (1988)
         2' Super Octave        61                 4' Trompette Clarion   61 (1988)
         V  Mixture            305 (1988)             Chimes
         V  Grand Cornet       255 (1935)             Tibia on Solo
        16' Tuba Sonora         85 b                  Tremulant
         8' Tuba Sonora (ext)   --
         4' Tuba Sonora (ext)   --                    TIBIA (floating, enc. in Solo)
         8' Tibia              TIB                 8' Tibia (ext)         --
         4' Tibia              TIB                 4' Tibia               73 (1996)
            Tibia on Great                     2 2/3' Tibia (ext)         --
                                                   2' Tibia (ext)         --
            SWELL ORGAN                        1 3/5' Tibia (ext)         --
        16' Quintaton           73
         8' Phonon Diapason     73                    PEDAL
         8' Violin Diapason     73                32' Contra Magnaton     44
         8' Tibia Clausa        73                16' Magnaton (ext)      --
         8' Rohr Floete         73                16' Open Diapason       12 c
         8' Flauto Dolce        73                16' Violone             44
         8' Viole d'Gamba       73                16' Bourdon             44
         8' Concert Celeste     73                 8' Octave              32 (1988)
         4' Principal           73                 8' Gross Floete        GT
         4' Flauto Traverso     73                 8' Bourdon (ext)       --
         2' Piccolo             61                 8' Violoncello (ext)   --
       III  Dolce Cornet       183                 4' Super Octave        32 (1988)
        IV  Scharf             244 (1988)         IV  Mixture            128 (1988)
        16' Contra Posaune      73                32' Contra Bombarde     32 (1990)
         8' Cornopean           73                16' Tuba Sonora         GT
         8' Oboe                73                16' Contra Posaune      SW
         8' Vox Humana          61                 8' Tuba Sonora         GT
         4' Clarion             73 (1988)             Bass Drum
            Tibia on Swell                            Cymbal
            Tremulant
    
            CHOIR ORGAN
        16' Contra Viole        73
         8' Geigen Principal    73                 a  1-15 from PED Violone
         8' Concert Flute       73                 b  enclosed in Solo (1996)
         8' Viole d'Orchestre   73                 c  extension GT Gross Floete
         8' Viole Celeste       73
         4' Violina             73
         4' Flute d'Amour       73
         8' French Horn         73
         8' Clarinet            73
            Harp
            Snare Drum
            Tremulant
    
            [Received from Steven E. Lawson August 6, 2014] 
  • Stoplist from Spreckels Organ web site Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.