eNotes — August 2015

Sound the Trumpets!

Installing Wesley Trompette at Saint Paul Methodist

Guy and Ryan installing the Wesley Trompette pipes at Saint Paul Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska

Our Opus 70 has two new stops, a Spielflute 4 and a Wesley Trompette 8. We finished this pipe organ in 2003 at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it is a popular recital instrument. In addition to new pipes and windchests, we added another blower and wind reservoir to supply the Wesley Trompette. The blower is nestled on top of the Swell in a muffler box, to keep it whisper quiet. We wired everything into the existing system, put the pipes on the windchests, but that collection of pipes still needed to sound like a single instrument. That’s where regulating comes in. Mark and Ryan are taking several days to regulate and tune the instrument. Regulation involves adjusting every pipe, making each sound its best, and blending their sounds together into a beautiful whole. It’s almost like having a new pipe organ, and Dick Morris, Saint Paul’s organist, is planning to play some Wesley tunes to celebrate.




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Hymn Festival in Daykin

Initials carved in the pipe chamber of Immanuel Lutheran in Daykin, NE

Living history inside the pipe chamber

Earlier this spring we worked on a 1910 Kilgen at Immanuel Lutheran in Daykin. We releathered the bellows and spruced up the key action. We worked with some great people at the church, and learned some wonderful history. The men who pumped the bellows carved their initials on a post in the pipe chamber (photo). The instrument arrived by rail over a hundred years ago, and the church used the original packing crates to build part of the pipe chamber!

Ryan assessing the situation

Ryan getting ready to remove the bellows

The church will have a Hymn Festival in a few weeks:
Sunday, September 13th, at 3 p.m.

Guest organist, Paul Soulek of St. John Lutheran in Seward, and student musicians from Concordia University in Seward will lead the singing. A free will donation will benefit organ and church music students at Concordia. The church is five miles east of Daykin, at 72430 567th Ave, Daykin, NE 68338. The general public is welcome! What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Call Mary at (402) 446-7398 for further details.



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