Organ Installation: Professional Approach to a Long Lasting Relationship

The installation process of an organ is a very carefully crafted and well planned series of events designed to ensure a top quality instrument and associated speakers are installed with the customer in a reasonable time frame. This ensures that no corners are cut, staff work well within health and safety legislation and with the minimum of disturbance for the customer and their use of the building. Whilst this may all sound obvious, a successful installation requires a great deal of planning and experience.

Our Installation Manager Steve Lanyon has worked for the company for forty years. With a lifetimes experience with installations there is not much that will surprise Steve, but this is something that we do not take for granted and as the old adage says we ‘plan for the best, but are prepared for the worst’.

Detailed conversations with the customer concerning the installation often start before the final commitment to purchase. Whilst this may sound strange, we do appreciate that customers do not want to have any hidden costs at the time of purchase, so we like to get as much detail covered as possible including items such as speaker location, enclosure design, cable runs, multiple console positions etc.

From the outset, we keep photographic as well as written records so that if we have additional questions at a later date the photographs will act as a memory jogger. Weeks before the installation takes place, a visit is made to site to examine the installation in detail. Our initial observations are always around access and amenities, for example if the church has steps, which set of ramps will we require.

Moving inside, we trace the path that the console will follow through church to ensure that we have a suitable route for access by moving the minimum of pews and the like.

The location of the console and speakers and the wire run between them is critical and much time is spent getting this right. In general we have most concerns with the placement of speakers, particularly if they are in a new enclosure, since mounting the same on a wall must be done safely and carefully.

For example, it is illegal to ‘swing off ladders’ as in days of old. Workers must operate from the safety of approved scaffolding towers or, if these cannot be fitted, from a professional scaffold structure.

Having planned well the day of the installation usually goes very smoothly, but we are always ready to solve any problems that may arise so that we can get the organ up and running with the minimum of fuss but the maximum of efficiency. Once we have thoroughly tested the instrument on site, we hand it over to the customer and to our Professional Voicer to go to the next step.
Our installation team then can move on to another customer. With an average of between two and three installation per week they are always kept busy.

Organ Voicing

Included in the purchase of all new church organs, is their voicing to very high standard, on a note by note, stop by stop basis. There is no doubt that our voicing skills and technology are now better than they have ever been. Certainly it would appear that our voicing software is far more flexible than that used by many of our competitors.

We are delighted to offer the services of Professor Ian Tracey (Liverpool Cathedral), in combination with a member of our team, to simply deliver the best voicing that anybody can offer.

We now offer voicing visits to organs that were installed a number of years ago. Is this worth the time and money? Customers have given a resounding ‘Yes’ in response to this question.

Following re-voicing, customers feel like they have a new instrument, thanks not only to the intimate knowledge our staff has with our new updated voicing software, but more importantly with the years of experience our staff have with pipe organ tuning, voicing and regulation. With ChurchOrganWorld you get the best in voicing from a professional, rather than something that is merely adequate. This helps ensure that you get the best out of your instrument.

Midi Recording & Conversion

Many churches have found problems in finding an organist for mid-week services, and indeed some churches can find it difficult to find an organist at all. Midi Sequencers (digital recording units) often help solve this problem where an organist can record a number of pieces for playback at a later date. Indeed, organists often record music for use whilst they are away on holiday.

We now provide the services of one of their professional organists who will visit your church and record pieces of your choice for later use. Having a top-rate organist, particularly one with an intimate knowledge of the instrument, to record pieces is something that a number of customers have found very useful. Indeed, with the advent of the new Midi Sequencer Plus from Johannus, it is perfectly feasible to record the entire hymn book onto a single SD card for you.

The regular organist can download the files from SD card to a standard PC both to back them up and to create their own library. Selections can then easily be made for individual services to make it even simpler to use on the day by the operator.

We also now offer a conversion service where recordings from earlier Midi devices, which for example use floppy disks, can be converted for use with the Midi Sequencer plus

Quotations are provided on an individuals basis according to your exact requirements.

Organ Hires

Make us the first port of call if you need to have an organ hire since we have a growing number of instruments in our hire fleet and we aim to meet your needs. During the past four decades our reputation as Church organ builders has been recognised by many prestigious establishments who have approached the company for both short and long term hire instruments. In addition, organs, both large and small, are continually being supplied on a hire basis for organ concerts, orchestral concerts, choral societies, weddings, University degree ceremonies and many other such events. We have a full range of organs available to suit any occasion.
Please contact us as early as possible in the planning stage of your event. Typically our installation team book at least six to eight weeks in advance so the chances of a hire organ being available with less notice than this are slim. However, we do have a reputation for meeting what for some would be impossible deadlines, so if your blower dies and have eight graduation ceremonies within the next few days, do give us a call. This is what Chester Cathedral did, and we managed to get a suitable instrument installed within twenty four hours.
Long term hires frequently need much more notice to plan and to ensure you get the right instrument to meet your needs.
As well as traditional three manual and pedal instruments, a continuo organ is now available for hire.
Recent and ongoing hires at major venues include:-
Bangor University
Basingstoke, The Anvil
Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Bridlington Priory
Bristol Cathedral
Bristol, St Mary Redcliffe
Carlo Curley (many venues)
Chester Cathedral
Cirencester Parish Church
Clifton Cathedral
Durham Cathedral
Edgehill University
Edinburgh, Usher Hall
Ely Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Gateshead, The Sage
Guildford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
Houston Symphony Orchestra (many venues)
Ian Tracey (many venues)
International Eisteddfod
Inverness Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral
Leeds Minster
Lincoln Cathedral
Simon Lindley (many venues)
Liverpool Cathedral
London, The Barbican
Manchester Cathedral
Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Marlborough College
National Eisteddfod
Northampton Cathedral
Norwich Cathedral
Oxford Brookes University
Portsmouth Cathedral
Preston, The Guildhall
Ripon Cathedral
Salford Cathedral
Salisbury Cathedral
Sherbourne Abbey
St Asaph Cathedral
Southwark Cathedral
Southwell Cathedral
University of Central Lancashire
Wells Cathedral

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