You hear a lot about recycling these days. We have the ability to recycle just about everything. It is good for the environment and good for our pocketbooks. From the newspapers we read in the morning to the dwellings we rest in so securely in the evening, recycled materials are all around us. It just makes sense to extend recycling into the field of organ building.
Actually, there is nothing new to this concept. From the earliest times, organ makers have recycled previous builders' materials, as can be evidenced in many ancient instruments in Europe. Only recently has our 20th century mentality of conspicuous consumption caused many fine instruments to be consigned to the scrap yard when tastes changed or major repairs became necessary.
In decades past organ builders in general have been reluctant to include mechanical equipment or pipework (other than the occasional pedal Bourdon, a String, or a set of Chimes) from previous instruments. This is partially due to the fact that it was often easier to start from scratch to obtain the desired result than to rebuild and revoice. However, as tastes have moderated in recent years and as raw materials become very expensive and difficult to obtain, more and more builders are including vintage pipework in their new organs.
At Schneider Pipe Organs, Inc., we have embraced the philosophy of recycling from our firm's inception over 20 years ago, and our experiences have been extremely positive. Our clients are pleasantly surprised when their old "hooty" Diapason is reincarnated into a beautiful Rhor Flute, or that inaudible string becomes a perky mutation. We are usually able to successfully include almost all existing ranks into a new organ. These pipes are often revoiced to serve as exciting and colorful sounds that were heretofore unavailable. But it doesn't have to stop with pipework. Existing casework can be rebuilt, refinished, and often reconfigured. Consoles and chestwork can be updated with the latest solid state technology. The result is a reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date instrument that shows good stewardship of the institution's financial resources by providing a substantial savings over the cost of an all new organ, and is environmentally friendly as well!
If you are dealing with an unreliable or tonally deficient instrument but the cost of a new organ seems prohibitive, contact us to find out how we may be able to help you meet your needs. Likewise, if your institution is considering its first pipe organ and cost is an issue: don't settle for an electronic imitation. We can find, relocate, and update a previously owned pipe organ to serve you needs, often at a cost that is comparable to an electronic substitute. At Schneider Pipe Organs our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible instrument at a reasonable value, whether it be all new or recycled, electric or mechanical action. We cordially welcome all inquiries.
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