Organ Projects

December 31, 2018

R. M. Ballantyne Pipe Organs,

Jurupa Valley, California

Pasadena Stake Center,

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,

Pasadena, California

R. M. Ballantyne Pipe Organs has completed an extensive rebuild and enhancement of M. P. Möller Opus 10181 from 1966 in the Pasadena, California, Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ballantyne has serviced the instrument for years and was hired to rebuild the instrument. Our intent in working with local membership was to take advantage of some of the tonal changes made previously to this organ by other firms and complete their work. The goal was to make this organ as flexible as possible for the worship services of the Stake. Our scope included the following improvements and restorative work:

1. cleaning of the organ and its pipes

2. rebuilding of windchests and actions

3. rebuilding of six wind regulators

4. repairing or replacing damaged Möller windlines

5. rebuilding the console and providing a solid state control system

6. rebuilding the blower and installing a variable frequency drive

7. adding much needed service lighting both above and below the organ’s windchests

8. unification of the playing action of the Swell #1 main chest to allow for additional Trumpet, string, and principal stops

9. restoration to the Great of the original Möller 22⁄3′ and 2′ Grave Mixture as independent stops

10. addition or extension of the following ranks:

a) 8′ Melodia (61 pipes) added to the Great (from Murray Harris Opus 73)

b) extension of Great Spitzflöte by 12 notes and relocation to Bassoon unit actions

c) relocation of exposed Pedal 16′-8′ unit Bassoon to the Swell and the addition of 17 pipes to complete the compass of the stop, as well as new chests in the Swell

d) extension of Swell Trumpet by 12 notes using Peterson generators

e) addition of 12 bass pipes to complete compass of Swell 8′ Geigen Diapason

f) addition of 22⁄3′ Nazard and chest of 61 notes to the Swell

g) addition of 2′ Blockflöte of 61 notes to the Swell

h) addition of 13⁄5′ Tierce of 61 notes to the Swell

i) addition of Zimbelstern by Klann

j) addition of chimes and chime action to the Great.

The Ballantyne firm offers special thanks to Bruno Lagarce for console amd restoration work, and to A. R. Schopp’s Sons, Inc., for providing the new pipework. The instrument was rededicated by local leadership and a recital was given by David Chamberlin in summer of 2016.

—Ryan Ballantyne

Photo credit: Ryan Ballantyne

Builder’s website:


16′ Bourdon (Sw)

8′ Open Diapason (61 pipes)

8′ Melodia (61 pipes)

8′ Bourdon (Sw)

8′ Spitzflöte (73 pipes)

8′ Viola (Sw)

8′ Voix Celeste (Sw)

4′ Octave (61 pipes)

4′ Spitzflöte (ext 8′)

22⁄3′ Twelfth (61 pipes)

2′ Fifteenth (61 pipes)

III Mixture (draws 2′, 122 pipes)

8′ Trumpet (Sw)

8′ Oboe (Sw)


Great to Great 16

Great Unison Off

Great to Great 4

Swell to Great 16

Swell to Great 8

Swell to Great 4

Automatic Pedal

SWELL (enclosed)

16′ Contra Viola (ext)

8′ Geigen Diapason (73 pipes)

8′ Bourdon (73 pipes)

8′ Viola (61 pipes)

8′ Voix Celeste (TC, 49 pipes)

4′ Geigen Octave (ext 8′)

4′ Koppel Flute (61 pipes)

22⁄3′ Nazard (61 pipes)

2′ Blockflöte (61 pipes)

13⁄5′ Tierce (61 pipes)

11⁄3′ Larigot (from 22⁄3′)

16′ Bassoon (73 pipes)

8′ Trumpet (61 pipes)

8′ Oboe (ext 16′)

4′ Clarion (fr 8′)


Swell To Swell 16

Swell Unison Off

Swell to Swell 4


32′ Resultant (fr Bourdon)

16′ Principal (ext Gt 8′, 12 pipes)

16′ Bourdon (Sw)

8′ Octave (Gt)

8′ Bourdon (Sw)

8′ Spitzflöte (Gt)

4′ Choral Bass (Gt)

4′ Gedeckt (Sw)

16′ Trombone (12 generators)

8′ Trumpet (Sw)

8′ Bassoon (Sw)

4′ Bassoon (Sw)

Great to Pedal 8

Swell to Pedal 8

Swell to Pedal 4


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