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Martin Ellis, at the console of the great Sanfilippo organ in Chicago

Martin Ellis will play the rededication concert on the pipe organ at First Friends Church in Noblesville, IN.  We have just completed (I mean, a few hours ago) a renovation of this organ that includes a completely renewed and refurbished Moller console, replacing the dilapidated Wicks console on this Wicks organ. 

The console had a good excuse to be dilapidated!  Back in the mid-1970s, this organ survived a tornado!  Although heavily damaged, it was purchased by First Friends, and installed there by E.H. Holloway Corp.  Some damaged pipes were replaced with pipes whose sound did not match exactly, so part of this project was to give this organ tonal cohesion.  We also added a digital voice extension system to add color voices to complement the pipe voices in the organ.  We refinished the console, including the original ivory keys, installed new stop controls, and a Peterson ICS4000 integrated control system as well.

Please plan to join us on Sunday, October 19, at 3:00 pm, for this exciting concert!

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