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 As I write this on July 14, work is progressing in the shop on the pipes we removed from the organ in early June. Just getting them cleaned up is a long process that will take a few more weeks.  As well, like a small business must do, we are also progressing on other projects. […]

  Imagine. You have been standing in the same spot for over 100 years. Your spot is high in one end of a great building. When you took up your position, the building was still fairly fresh and new. A century older now, nearly every corner of that building has been repeatedly cleaned, painted, and […]

“The man who dies rich, dies disgraced.” -Andrew Carnegie

  According to Mark Twain, “a man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” Back in 2006, host Mike Rowe included pipe organ builder in his popular tv program, “Dirty Jobs.” Standing tall for over a century in the gallery of St. Joseph Catholic Church in […]

    Hey!  We made the paper! On the front page of its Tuesday, June 17 edition, The Shelbyville News featured an article by Paul Gable about the St. Joseph organ project.  There’s a great picture of LeRoy Martin, one of the volunteers who was instrumental in the parish project to remove the old instrument.  […]

  “UNBELIEVABLE!” “I had no idea”   “How many pipes are there?”   Whenever we introduce church members to their pipe organ, these are the inevitable exclamations.  Most of them have seen the console of the organ, with its keyboards, pedalboard, stops, and buttons, and they believe that these parts constitute “the organ.”  Most have […]

I think I froze for a second or two, and then it hit me! The miracle we had prayed for JUST HAPPENED!!

Just a Chuckle…

June 17th, 2014

In the history of the pipe organ, especially in America, the name M.P. Moller stands apart.  In well over a century of organ building, Möller produced a staggering number of pipe organs – over 11,000.  Considering the complexity of each instrument, this is a huge number, and makes Moller not only the largest builder in […]

I am a “cat person.”  And one thing I have learned about cats is that they are very stoic.  A kitty can be in terrible pain, and show no outward sign, unless you are very attuned to its moods and habits.  Sometimes, by the time they are obviously sick and hurting, they are in real crisis. Pipe […]

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