Pipe Organs

We sold our home pipe organ in 2010...it was time to move on to a new phase of life. People occasionally inquire as to how to get starting on building a home pipe organ. Here are my thoughts...

  1. Start with a used pipe organ or at least the major portion of one. You can add used ranks after you have a base.
  2. Look at www.pipechat.org. You can sign up there to receive daily emails of posts to their chat list.
  3. I found I was "reinventing the wheel" each time I began constructing a new windchest. I finally committed to paper some of the practical aspects and techniques I've found useful. This pdf document contains step-by-step instructions and drawings for electro-pneumatic and direct electric chests. "Some assembly is required!"
  4. I designed a belt-driven unit to replace the Century motor in a Spencer blower at Christ Memorial Church in Williston, Vermont, USA. It was literally 100 years old and had sporadic starting problems.

This is the nine-rank pipe organ installed at Christ Memorial Church. I led a 40-person crew in organ renovation, facility preparation, and organ installation. 12 weeks, 1000 man-hours.

Several people have asked where I found 40 people who would all work toward the common goal of bringing this project to very quick completion without letting this project languish for several years. Here's my thoughts...