Set in a wonderfully reverberant and beautiful church, this
Estey pipe organ sounds bigger than its' eight ranks would suggest. Unfortunately, more and more wind noise and dead notes were making it hard to use the instrument. This was due to the deteriorated state of the leather used throughout the instrument. If repairs had not been made, key components of the organ, such as the blower, might have been damaged.
Our proposal included the removal of all leather components from inside the chest and replacing them with electro-mechanical magnets. This is much more economical than re-leathering the whole instrument, an extremely labor intensive process. Not to mention longer lasting as re-leathering might only last another 40 to 50 years before needing to be re-leathered again. The reservoirs still use leather, but we use only the finest alum-gusset leather to ensure longevity.
The new, Peterson ICS-4000 solid-state switching system with MIDI output and record/playback capability and combination action are being utilized in this rebuild. All new wiring and a 60 Amp power supply will ensure this will be a very reliable pipe organ for years to come.
The Estate of Stanley Francis Jobo generously donated the full
cost of restoring this pipe organ. Stanley
and Marion Jobo were especially faithful to the Catholic
Church for all of their 61 years of married life and
family. For nearly 8 decades, they worked very hard in
their lifetime and together, they found satisfaction with
life's simplicities that included the joy of helping others.
As low-profile senior parishioners, they happily attended the
Polish and Latin Masses they so dearly loved. They
enjoyed singing hymns as the organ music resounded throughout
the church. Music was very important to them and it was
a beautiful element of their daily lives. They strongly
believed that good music was a blessing to be appreciated and
treasured and they passed this on to their daughters.
Stanley and Marion understood the importance of supporting the
needs of the church. This gift of music is meant to keep
their spirit of love and devotion alive and honor them
always. The people of St. Josaphat's Catholic Church can
now forever enjoy the beauty of magnificent music that this
pipe organ echoes as they sing God's praises. May all
who enter the church be blessed and enfolded with the glorious
sound of music.
"The one who sings, prays twice"....St. Augustine
information above from the Estate
of Stanley Francis Jobo story by Barbara Jobo & Arleen
Jobo/Elzweig, daughters of Stanley & Marion Jobo