A fine example of mid 20th century American organ building, this 50 year old
M.P. Moller pipe organ was in need of some restorative work. The pipework and woodwork overall were still in very good condition, with the exception of a few metal pipes needing repair and the wood pipe stoppers needing repacking.
Originally, the organ used pitman chests, an electro-pneumatic action in which many of the components incorporate leather. To eliminate the need for re-leathering in the future, the chests were converted to an electro-mechanical valve action directly under each pipe. The reservoirs still require leather, and we incorporated the finest alum gusset leather for their restoration. For the swell shades, a new
Peterson programmable swell shade operator replaced the old pneumatic style operator.
The church had a reedless Oboe rank sitting unused in the organ chamber, and we cleaned, repaired and fitted them to a newly constructed windchest. The original location of the flute chest made tuning the flute near impossible, so we constructed a new offset windchest in a very accessible area of the chamber. Also, we electrically added seven additional stops to allow for greater playing flexibility.
The console also required rebuilding and upgrading to accommodate the modifications and additions. The original combination action was replaced by a
Peterson combination action incorporating multiple memory levels. The new,
ICS-4000 solid-state multiplexed switching system was installed here and it includes MIDI in/out/sequencer and record-playback capability. New tracker touch keyboards and a six flat, six sharp step transposer were installed. New stop tabs, toe studs and refurbishing of the pedalboard complete the console restoration.
With this completed restoration, this fine pipe organ will once again prove reliable with the added benefit of vastly increased flexibility.
The new addition of the 16' Open Wood Diapason really fills
out the bottom end of the organ. The congregation and
the organist are thrilled with their rebuilt and enlarged pipe