Building and Restoration
Our 5,000 square foot shop is equipped to rebuild and restore organs of all builders and vintages. Most of the work is done in-house: woodwork, leatherwork, and metal work, as well as tonal work.
Over the last 20 years we have serviced pipe organs, mostly tracker organs in the New England area from both current and historical builders. One of our guiding principals in this work is to respect and preserve the spirit and concept of the original instrument. Too many instruments have been altered and “improved” to the point where they can no longer be recognized for their original, genuine character, nor have the changes relegated any distinct merit for the instrument. Fashion trends are often the demise of a good pipe organ. Therefore, we are generally inclined to maintain or restore the instruments in order to preserve their integrity. With instruments where the builder(s) are still in business, we maintain a positive ongoing dialog and request original parts if needed for a repair. With older builders repairs are made with original materials whenever possible.
The introduction of modern technology, such as combination actions can be useful. Here the blending of old and new needs to be carried out in a synergistic way where the craftsmanship of the old is not compromised but rather enhanced by the marriage with new components.
Our standards of workmanship and our experience in several countries dating back to 1982 have earned us the respect of institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College, Wellesley College, the Old North Church, and others. Below are some samples of rebuilding and restoring work.
Releathering of 1812 Goodrich & Appleton pump and reservoir.
Removing old leather and glue from wedge bellows.
Smaller wind regulator being releathered.
Rebuilt wedge bellows.
Final touches on releathered double rise reservoir of classic American design.
Before: Water-damaged bellows before releathering.
After: Water-damaged bellows after releathering.