We have a great deal of experience releathering eletro-pneumatic actions. In our action releathering we exclusively use chrome tanned leather. Current research shows that chrome tanned leather combines the best of longevity, strength and availability.
We make all of our pouches and valve leather in-house so as to have a high degree of quality control and be able to replicate exactly the materials and techniques used by the original builder.
Only fish or hide glue is used where a perishable material is adhered to a wood surface to enable future restoration of the organ.
Both stemmed and unstemmed pitmans are made in house to replica sizes .
Many well intentioned organbuilders made tonal alterations to organs in the middle part of the last century. While this was usually done in order to make the organ more versatile, often, it proved to have a less than desirable result.
Whether it's finding vintage pipes to replace a stop that has been removed from the organ or restoration of existing pipes, we are sensitive to the original builder's intent. Once cleaned and repairs are made, pipes are carefully regulated to return them to like-new condition both in tone and appearance.
Left: Releathering a Skinner Diapason
Sometimes financial constraints limit the size of an organ and the result can be marginal at best. This is where sensitive rebuilding plays a part.
A fine example of this is at Saint Anne's in Lincoln, MA. A very modest 1980s Casavant with several prepared stops could play hymns, some literature, however it lacked variety and body. In this instance we expanded the organ by several stops, carefully revoiced select stops and provided new casework.
Rebuilding is not applied haphazardly. The instrument must be in restorable condition, built of quality materials and have musical merit. when approached with respect for the original instrument, it can prove to be quite successful and cost less than building a new instrument.
We will not rebuild or significantly change instruments that are unaltered and in original condition, although judicious sympathetic additions may be possible. This particularly applies to organs by Aeolian, Skinner and Kimball.
Where additions might be made to an organ or an existing component is damaged beyond repair, we are equipped to replicate them in our wood shop.
We build both vintage-style Skinner unit chests as well as all-electric chests with expansion chambers. Utilizing CAD, components are drawn, engineered and checked before a single piece of wood is cut.
New organs are custom-built for customers to best fit their needs and budget.
Left: A new 8' Diapason chest in process
Where a second opinion, education or inspection of an organ or project is needed, we are happy to help. Reports from just a few pages to 60+ pages can help lay people understand what's involved with an instrument and why it needs attention. Full color photographs, and simple language help demonstrate conditions of the organ along with examples of restored components.
We typically requre a minimum of 2 hours on site to inspect medium sized organs. Given that the party requesting the report has provided us with information about what they want to do to the organ, we can tailor a report for you. This typically takes 2-4 weeks, depending on our schedule.