|This page will briefly explain what will be done to your organ while it is in for rebuilding. We take pride in our work and will endeavor to return your instrument in as good of shape as possible. However, you must remember, that you have an old treasure, and in some cases cannot be made perfect. This can be possible because of warping, separating, shrinking and expanding of the wooden parts. Sometimes the metal parts cannot be replaced, such as the reeds, special hinges and connectors. Once your organ starts through the rebuilding procedure, here is what will be happening.
- Your organ is disassembled.
- The screws and components are placed in separate compartments for inspecting and cleaning.
- Your windchest is cleaned of dirt, dust and other foreign matter.
- The keys are removed, cleaned, and the sharpes are readied for touch up.
- Pitman rods and coupling felt are removed, and placed in a special holder.
- The coupler connectors are cleaned and sprayed with a lacquer to retard future rust.
- The volume doors, along with the old felt strips are removed, and new felt is replaced.
- The mutes are removed, cleaned, checked and, if necessary the lambskin stripes are replaced.
- The reeds are removed and placed in a mild acid for a minimum of 3 hours. In most cases, they are left overnight in acid. After which they are rinsed, washed, hand cleaned and hand dried.
- The old felt is removed from the Reed bed, which is then cleaned, and new felt is installed.
- The soundboard is cleaned, inspected and then sealed with silicone around the edges and corners.
- The pallet valves are removed, cleaned and inspected.
- The valve springs are removed and are re-adjusted to put more pressure on the whole set of pads.
- The guide pins are cleaned and old wax removed.
- The vox-hummana is refurbished with a new lambskin valve, brake pad and blades, if needed.
- The screws that are removed are buffed and inspected before placing back in your organ.
- The springs are cleaned before replacing.
- The reeds are tuned by a storbe to their original pitch.
- The bellows are removed, cleaned and inspected. Measurements are taken and recorded. The old fabric is removed and the surfaces are sanded before the new bellows cloth is replaced. For this job, we only use the hot animal glue. The process allows the Bellows to be recovered again fifty or more years from now without having to re-make the bellows.
- The exposed valves are replaced with bellows fabric.
- The pedal straps are replaced with cotton herringbone straps.
- The pedal hinges are inspected for wear and excess play.
- The standard price to do all of the above to your organ is $1000.00.
We reserve the right to a 10% variation in the quote, without first notifying of the same. However, if we suspect that it will approach those figures, we will be in contact with you.
Refinishing: If you want your organ refinished, now is an excellent time to do so. The refinisher lives close to us, so we will drop your cabinet off and pick it up at no charge. That is, if you want him to do your work. He has been refinishing instruments for us for over 45 years and does a mighty fine job. He does not “dip” your organ. He uses a semi-gloss lacquer finish. Special finishes and cabinet repair will be extra. However, he does not detail the cabinet and hardware. We will be glad to do this for you for $25.00.
Reeds: We have a limited supply of original Reeds and will replace if available. Price of each Reed is determined by size and tongue size.
Pallet Valves: If any valve pads are moth eaten or have hard pads on them, then pads are replaced. If several pads are damaged, the whole set should be replaced.
Couplers: We allow 1 hour’s work on the couplers. This will cover the normal cleaning and replacing the pads on the stems, and all the normal service that is required. However, you can spend 4 to 6 hours on the couplers, if they are not right. Old wood and connectors are the major villains.
Sound Board Cracks/Repair: If cracks are found, these can be repaired in most cases.
Bellows: Duplicate any single wood structure is $50.00
Tuning: Extra sets of reeds are $40.00 per set. Special tuning $50.00 per set plus any needed reeds. Larger Keyboard, 73 note is $35.00 extra.
Detailing: $25.00 per organ. Screwheads are cleaned and polished, brass lock polished and fabric replaced behind appropriate places.
Stop Board Bushing: $2.50 per stop.
Leaks: Between soundboard and reed cells $50.00 per side with NO guarantee that we can stop the leaks. We have had very good results thus far with only 2 sets that failed.
Foundation Board: Duplicating the board-$50.00. This usually is needed because of moisture, separating plywood, and not being able to separate the bellows from it. This is the most used of all the extras outside of the faces.
Cabinet Work: $40.00 per hour plus materials. This is done by a craftsman whose specialty is woodworking and reproducing antique designs and parts.
Pedals: Pedals covered in original type carpet-$25.00 per organ. If you choose we can replace old carpet with black rubber runner pads. We can also clean and enhance your stop board if you wish.
Standard price includes up to 9 stops. Extra stops average $35.00 each.
Shipping is not included and will be added to final invoice.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for letting us rebuild your organ. Should you have problems later on, please feel free to contact us.