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Organ Renovation




This is a set of images showing the renovation of our organ. They are in approximately chronological order starting with the examination of the old organ and progressing on through the presentation of the proposal, the dismantling of the old organ, construction and installation of new components, testing of the final machine and the recital.



March 2003 - Initial examination





How it was - behind the wall - left side


Right side


Chimes - operated by valves controlling air


Going down the stairs


We have had a flooding problem


Almost got the air-supply motor


Relay logic on the wall


Closer view of relays


Hear the chirps! Marginal valves


The presentation chalkboard


The presentation



October 2003 - After proposal acceptance, work starts


Boxes being fabricated...


...for shipping old pipes for refurbishing












Pipes off for refurbishing


Air pressure being measured


The pressure gauge


New parts are coming in


Measuring the existing space


How it was


How it was - closer


April 2004 - items coming in


Lots of items


Boxes are being built...






...so items can be stored in Room 6


Choir loft being turned into work area


A dust cover was made and placed on piano


The Great Chest




Pipes being removed


Pipes gone


Frame gone - note layers of paint


Supports being removed


All finished


Pipes being removed




Where those low notes come from


Six valves were stuck 'on' and were disabled by using that week's Bulletin


The electro-pneumatic chimes


Once treasure, now junk


Cutting the huge cable of wires from the console. No return now.


Air-supply motor again a victim of rain; now headed toward the junkyard


As it was mid-project


Room 100 is now a workshop








































Panel with valve ('solenoid') drivers


Drivers, closer


























Treble pipes as installed


Dan inserting one of the last pipes


Shutters


Closeup of shutter motor


Typical of the boards


Valve drivers after wiring


Console after upgrade


September 2004 - Dan initial programming




Showing Richard some features


Demonstration


No more chirps


An early approval session


Richard making a point


Before the upgrade


Immediately after upgrade


Newspaper interview


January 2005 - Kerra opening the recital


Richard introducing Dan


Dan playing


Dan explaining the upgrade


Trio receiving ovation


Gentleman Dan


Reception afterwards


August 28, 2005 - Close up of the casework


Ready to install the new cross


Installing the cross


Finally finished - October 19, 2005





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