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1570 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

The J. Ross Reed Wurlitzer is a composite of select parts from other organs, and was originally assembled by organ builder Ken Crome, for his own use.  Instead, in 1979, he sold it to a Lansing, Michigan pizza parlor, where it played for three years, until the establishment closed.

With financial gifts from Marian Cook, Avery Johnson and Robert Power, LATOS purchased the organ in 1984.  It was brought back to Los Angeles and stored in a La Mirada warehouse owned by J. Ross Reed.  Subsequently Ross agreed to have LATOS install the organ in the warehouse where it would be available for LATOS concerts and practice by organ students.

LATOS began installation of the organ in 1985 but, partially due to lack of funds, work was progressing slowly.  In his enthusiasm to have it playing as soon as possible, Ross offered to buy the organ and finish the installation himself.

The inaugural warehouse concert was performed December 15, 1985.  Unfortunately, Ross was able to play the Wurlitzer only a few times before suffering a fatal heart attack.  After his death, in memory of Ross, the Reed family gave the organ back to LATOS, with the request that it be installed in Sexson Auditorium at Pasadena City College.

Under direction of organist Lyn Larsen, some changes were made to transform the organ from a ‘pizza parlor’ organ to a more polished concert instrument. Lack of space required substitution of a modern electronic relay system in place of the original mechanical relay.  The organ was refurbished by Ken Crome, with the assistance of several LATOS volunteers, and was installed in Sexson Auditorium in October of 1989.

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Owned and maintained by LATOS.


4/23 Wurlitzer

Pitch Rank Pipes W.P.
Main Chamber
16' Diaphone/Open Diapason 10
16' Tuba Horn 15
8' Tibia 10
8' Viol d' Orchestre 10
8' Viol Celeste 10
8' Salicional 10
8' Voix Celeste 10
8' Clarinet 10
8' Oboe Horn 10
8' Quintadena 10
16' Concert Flute 10
8' Vox Humana 6
Pitch Rank Pipes W.P.
Solo Chamber
16' English Post Horn 15
8' Tuba Mirabilis 15
8' Brass Trumpet 10
8' Horn Diapason 10
16' Solo Tibia 10
8' Gamba 10
8' Gamba Celeste 10
8' Saxophone 10
8' Kinura 10
8' Orchestral Oboe 10
8' Vox Humana 6
Wood Harp
Tuned Sleigh Bells
Extensive Toy Counter/Traps

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