phase I              Cost: $49,000

Completion of Phase I will enable to organ to be played again.

A close-up of the pedal pipes: choked with plaster and dust

The Great division, covered with 92 years of dust

The following are the tasks involved in Phase I of the organ restoration.  The total cost of these tasks is $49,000.

Section 1

  1. Clean Main Organ:  remove all Manual Pipework; remove Rackboards and clean the Toeboards; replace Rackboards after cleaning; clean all debris from 16’ Open Wood Pipes; clean all Wooden Casework and dust façade pipes
  2. Disable and silence existing Expression Shade Motors, by disconnecting from wind.
  3. Gently clean Pipework and make minor repairs as Pipework is being re-turned to the cleaned chests.
  4. Repair as many Dead, or Silenced, notes as possible without replacing any mechanics. Silence any ciphering notes without repairing or replacing any mechanics.
  5. Tighten Screws and tape Windlines to eliminate as many wind leaks as possible.
  6. Replace existing Tension Springs on existing Great, Choir and Swell Main Chest Bottomboards.

Section 2

  1. Repair present 16’ Bourdon Chest and 16’ Open Wood Chest: remove 16’ Bourdon and store pipes in balcony; remove 16’ Bourdon Chest Actions and re-leather existing valves, replacing where necessary; remove 16’ Open Wood and store pipes in balcony; remove 16’ Open Wood Chests and re-leather existing valves, replacing where necessary.
  2. Re-install refurbished 16’ Open Wood and 16’ Bourdon Chest Action into present chest shells.
  3. Re-install 16’ Open Wood 1-12 on the side of the South Case (outside wall) to provide additional room, for proper servicing, and future additions, in the existing case.

Section 3

  1. Replace existing Static Reservoir in Blower Room with a new or refurbished Static Reservoir.
  2. Church Carpenters will build a shroud around the Static Reservoir to protect the new Reservoir from the Sun under the direction of the Organ Builder.

Section 4

  1. Replace existing Expression Shade Motors with NEW Electric Shade Motors and NEW Shade Hardware.

Section 5

  1. Repair and Refurbish existing Great 8’ Trumpet 1-73: remove all Pipes from Chest; transport to Pipe Maker for disassembly, cleaning and repair.; revoice existing rank to be smooth and clear, as able to be obtained within the confines of the construction of the set; return to Church, re-install Pipes and Tune.
  2. Repair and Refurbish existing Swell 8' Cornopean 1-61: remove all Pipes from Chests; transport to Pipe Maker for disassembly, cleaning and repair; revoice existing rank, as able to be obtained within the confines of the construction of the set; return to Church, re-install Pipes and Tune.

Phase I Update

Percentage completed: 18%

As of February 28, 2018:

Pedal 16' Bourdon Pneumatics action valves are in the process of being releathered. The original construction of the action has made it necessary to make new parts.  It is not a difficult task, but it does require coming up with such archaic items as blotter paper!

 Old Pump action valve

Old Pump action valve

 Refurbished pump action valve

Refurbished pump action valve

New expression motors have been ordered and received. The remaining hardware is being manufactured presently.  They are custom made and will be shipped in approximately one week.

 Old Expression motor

Old Expression motor

 New Expression Motor

New Expression Motor

Great and Choir reservoir bleed valves are being releathered. After cleaning and working on the Great and Choir divisions it was noticed that a large amount of air was escaping from the valves. This was out of proposal for phase one, but it needed to be done.

 Original Reservoir flap valve

Original Reservoir flap valve

 Refurbished Reservoir flap valve

Refurbished Reservoir flap valve

The Great division has been cleaned and the pipes returned to their chests.  The Choir expression motor has been disabled and the hardware removed.  The motors will be removed when the pipes in the choir are removed.

A replacement rack-board for the Great 8' Trumpet has been made. The holes have been spotted so that when the pipes are repaired they can be measured and drilled immediately.