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Manuel Rosales discusses the Organ Console

Alex Benestelli talks with organ builder, Manuel Rosales, during a recent trip to Los Angeles. Visits included recent Rosales organ consoles at St. Thomas' of Canterbury, Long Beach, St. Paul the Apostle, Westwood, St. James' in-the-City, and First Church of Christ, Scientist in Pasadena.


The organ console, the place where the organist sits at the keyboards, is highly customizable. Rosales described the important ideas to consider, including thoughts on the draw-knobs, keyboards, digital display, piston layout, and even the selection of wood.


Using feedback from this visit, the Rosales/Parsons team will do draft drawings of our new organ console, and we will work together to refine our ideas into a final concept.



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