We sold the pipe organ in our home...time to move on to a new phase of life, but
people have inquired as to how to get starting on building a
home pipe organ. Here's my thoughts...
- Start with a used pipe organ or at least the major portion of one.
You can add used ranks after you have a base.
- Look at www.pipechat.org.
You can sign up there to receive daily emails of posts to their chat list.
- 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!"
- 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...
- These were people who recognized that while a pipe organ would facilitate
worship, it wasn't the only instrument to accomplish
this, nor that hymns were the only type of acceptable music for the church.
Indeed, this church is rich in both classical and contemporary music, the
common thread being that the sung words preach the gospel. We skip certain
hymns and much of contemporary "happy clappy" music that doesn't contain the
gospel message of Jesus Christ. Overall, the pipe organ expanded the
boundaries on one end of the spectrum; drums and bass guitars did the same
on the other end.
- These were people who were involved in different phases, some with more
time, some with less. Some only helped restore wood parts, some helped in
electrical renovation, some helped on readying the building and
balcony, and some helped in all the phases.
- CMC is a church that hits projects with energy and tenacity, but in a
way that prevents the project from "killing the troops."