One of the best resources when considering what to do with an existing instrument is to have a professional report written about your instrument. For us, this involves an on-site visit of several hours and discussions with your organ committee, organist or vestry. Based on the needs, wants and the instrument, we will write a report that includes full color photos and explanation of the condition of the organ in language the lay person can understand.
A tonal survey is most useful for instruments which have had tonal changes where the client wishes to restore the organ to a previous state. This kind of report generally includes photographs of pipework, a report on the condition/restorability and accounting of non-original pipework. From this point, we can make suggestions as to how to return the organ to a previous state.
Often with large projects an impartial, independent consultant can help to keep things on track. The Consultant acts as a representative for the client to the organ builder. The role of the consultant is varied and depends on each situation. From explaining language in contracts and proposal to overseeing an entire project, the consultant can be an invaluable resource.