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Together, new pipes and old will form a new chorus of sounds for St. Joseph’s Church.

Note: There comes a time in almost every organ project when the customer is wondering when they will see their organ again. Rebuilding an organ such as St. Joseph’s 1912 M.P. Moller organ is labor intensive and time-consuming. Besides all the big construction, each individual pipe from the old organ has to be assessed, cleaned, […]

On Playing Bach

July 17th, 2012

“Remember that Bach is not idiomatic keyboard music, but an imitation of voices, instruments, or ensembles, and use the resources of the piano (organ?)  accordingly.” -Ralph Kirkpatrick   (1911-1984), American Musicologist and Harpsichordist

We have just posted a new YouTube video that shows the rebuilding process for a standard M.P. Moller pitman windchest.   Many people have no idea what is involved in building or renovating a pipe organ, and this video is intended to help.   Plus, the soundtrack is Les Torreadors from Carmen, as played by […]

On Adaptive Reuse

May 6th, 2012

In the world of architectural preservation, they call it “adaptive reuse.”   Simply stated, the concept is that of preserving and restoring a built structure, but adapting it to a modern purpose.   For example, an old power station in London was structurally restored and converted into the Tate Gallery.   In the organ world, […]

About Keyboards

April 23rd, 2012

WARNING: TECHNICAL STUFF!   (If you aren’t interested in technical stuff, skip this one!) Geometry: There are two types of manual keyboards commonly found in organs, based on the position of the fulcrum point on which the keys pivot.   The best keyboards have long keys (usually 16″ or more), with the pivot point at […]

We refer to our seven (and a half!) year-old grandson, Jonathan, as our Vice President in charge of Lego projects.       Sunday, for Easter, we took him with us to North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, about 70 miles away.   Bubby had never attended a church this large, and he was particularly […]

Recently, I opined about the electronic organ.   Today, I would like to discuss a different instrument that, in the past, filled the niche that electronic organs fill today.     Your great-grandmother may have had a small one in her living room.   It often had a hutch, complete with beveled mirror.   It […]

Renovating the Human Soul

April 8th, 2012

  A Wreck of time… As I write this, it is Easter afternoon.   It has been a full day.   Tina and I have been priviledged to have our grandson, age almost 8,  overnight.   This morning, we did the Easter Bunny thing, hunted for eggs in the backyard, and headed off to church. […]

Most electronic organs sound like the taste of yesterday’s bath water. While you’re wrapping your mind around this incongruous observation, I will plunge ahead. Electronic  voice generation (let’s call it EVG, to save me some extra typing), whether for individual deep pedal notes, or for entire stops, or for entire organs, is here to stay. […]

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