Update, November 21: I just got this picture (right) from Nordlie's (our organ builder). He says, "The facade pipes were delivered to our shop earlier this month. Here they are seen wrapped in protective brown paper in our voicing room." The facade pipes are the ones that will be mounted on the wall just behind the organ console. They are made to function but also for display, so they are "pretty". You can see some of the tops on a couple of the pipes peaking out of the brown paper. Things are moving and we should see some action in our sanctuary soon!
Well Nordlie’s is working feverishly on our organ. Several of us went down to tour their facility. It is amazing how much goes into building an organ. They have the metal AND wood pipes from Holland. They are working on the electronics for the console and all the mechanisms that work the pedals, the stops and the keys. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of the magnitude of this project.
This is a picture of our console with the keys in it.
To the right is a picture of our keys. They hand make every black and white key out of durable material that is much like counter top material.
This is our pedal board front and back. You can see how each pedal has an optical switch. When the pedal is pressed the white part is in front of the optic and that is how the organ knows which pipe to play. There are very few parts that make contact and so less wearing on the parts (hence, less maintenance costs)
Here is a picture of the metal pipes in their box that came from Holland. As well as a picture of all the boxes full of our pipes that came from Holland. And a picture of one of the wooden pipes.
There are 745 pipes for our organ with all the electronics and air reservoirs. It’s quite a site to see all the pieces before they are put together. Nordlie’s hope is to start installing in November but it can take up to 2 months to install everything and tune all the pipes to our space so we are praying it will be in time for Christmas! These pictures are of some of the electronics and two of the largest wood pipes that will be in our organ. You can see him holding up a small wood pipe so that gives you some idea how large these pipes are.
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