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Organ Project

This Month in the Organ Shop: January

The astute reader may have noticed the lack of December update. The biggest reason for that is that organ builders are also organ maintainers, and spend a good chunk of time maintaining local organs. In December, “maintenance” predominantly means “pre-Christmas tunings,” and these kept Jonathan busy the whole month, thus no December update. Now, though,…

This Month in the Organ Shop

Over the last few weeks, our hardworking organ builders in Massachusetts have made exciting progress on our organ! Jonathan continues to voice our pipes. Having finished the Swell 8’ Stopped Diapason, he has since started in on the Swell 8’ Viola. The Viola rank is, unsurprisingly, a rank of “string” pipes. No, that’s not an…

This Month in the Organ Shop: November

As you know, Jonathan and his crew at Ortloff Organ Company have been working on our organ diligently for eight months, methodically building the many diverse components for our organ: the windchests, slider chests, rackboards, toe boards, and wind trunks, to name only a few, making sure each component is flat, sturdy, and sealed. They’ve…

Organ Project Update: June 2019

Most recently, our organ builders have been continuing work on the wind chests (bonus points if you remember what those are! If not, you can refer to my previous article. Toe holes have been drilled into the toe boards. The pipes will sit in these toe holes and the air will travel through them to make…

Organ Project Update: March 2019

This is the first article in an occasional series that will update you on what’s happening at the Ortloff Organ Shop as they build our new organ! I sat down with the intention of writing about the Slider Chests that are currently being built, but I quickly realized that organ lingo is confusing! Like any…