Out of the Closet

--Salvaging the Jackling Residence Pipe Organ--

The Jackling house has now been demolished, but the owner kindly allowed us to remove the organ. Its size, and the condition of parts of it, means that not quite all of it could be removed. We have preserved a great deal of it and hope, some day, that it can speak again in another setting.
When I said "out of the closet", actually it is out of 4 closets (Great, Swell, Choir, and Echo). The first step is to build proper trays to receive the pipes. Removing organ pipes without a proper place to put them is useless. Organ pipes are delicate and repairing damage that happens during removal and storage may be more expensive that what the pipes are worth.

Making trays

Building trays - a total of 66 trays were built for the organ

First pipe out

The first pipe comes out - 8' C of the Tromba in the Great.
This is the first of what was 3816 total pipes in the organ.

Trays 1

The first trays

Trays 2

The first load

Trays 3

Bird's eye view, Swell Geigen Diapason and Dolce Cornet


The haul after the first weekend (Jan 7,8,9).


Going....Pipes gone from Swell chest and small offsets.


...Going... Offest chests gone.
8' Geigen Diapason, 16' Fagotto, 16' Trombone are left

...almost Gone

Almost Gone. These last 9 Trombones are too long for my 10' trays.

... Gone

Pipes completely gone from the Swell.

Offset chests out

Offset chests from the Swell.

More storage.

This is after Saturday, Jan 15, 2011

Violone 1

On the outside of the Choir and Echo chambers was a 'mystery window'.
..and behind it was another window...and behind that was a piece of fiber board.
..and behind that was the Violone in the Choir chamber

Violone 2

The fiber board was just barely discernible behind the lower notes of the Violone

Violone 3

Half of the window was plastered over behind the Echo wall

Violone 4

The other half of the window was the only way to get the lowest notes of
the Violone out. The choir is now empty of pipes

Major bass 1

This is what is left in the Great - the rest of the Chimes and the Major Bass.
Looking up 20 feet from the "basement".

Major bass 2

The largest pipe I could carry by myself (3 more were even larger).

Major bass 3

The chime action - made heavier by a steel "T" which reinforced it. The picture doesn't
show it, but the Genie Lift was on the Great main chest, hanging over a 12 foot drop to the floor
and leaning forward to get it under the chime action.

Major bass 4

Just resting - the CCC is 8 x 10" (inside) and must weigh upwards of 200 lbs.

Last pipe

The last pipe out


It doesn't take many pipes of this size to make a load.

Great empty

All gone in the Great!

Blower 1

The next step was getting the blower out of the basement. But first, there was
a 4' square regulator on top of it.


I used the Genie Lift as a crane. First, the regulator


The motor was separated from the blower


The motor must weigh about 200 lbs by itself.


Now the body of the blower. This one was installed in 1938 and the motor was rewound
in the 1970's


A little cleanup and it could go back in service.

Storage 1

Since our removal time was so rushed, our storage is a little haphazard.
However, everything is dry and California weather should be good until next November.

Storage 2

As weather gets better, our next major task is to build storage
shelves and get everything better sorted.

Closing the gate

Goodbye to the house. The ultimate fate of the organ is unknown, but perhaps the
Friends of the Jackling Organ might be able to figure something out.