IMG 1222 Closeup of the case before the horizontal trumpets were reinstalled above the swell shades. New acoustic shell materials are visible (white).
20160808 130549 During construction the organ was covered. All white plaster is new, designed to better reflect from the larger stage into the room.
Buetow web2 The completed hall, being used for a lecture.
ConcordiaInSitu Before any work was done. The stage was too small and there was no central aisle.
IMG 1836 A "before" picture of the worn keydesk.
IMG 1220 An "after" picture: new key covers, new stop tabs (electric), new pistons, new toe studs, new lights.
IMG 1221 Installation of new seats in the almost complete hall.

Concordia University, St Paul, MN, Buetow Memorial Concert Hall, Schlicker tracker action organ. Designed by Paul Manz who taught here, this was one of Schlicker's flagship instruments, located in a concert hall with dismally bad acoustics. A memorial gift sparked interest in a visual and acoustic renovation, which included organ improvements and cleaning. The keys were so worn that some had almost worn through the key tops. The original mechanical "tripper" combination action was failing. The stop action -- both the stop tabs and the slider action -- was unreliable. The adjustable bench was falling apart. We had the key covers replaced; built a new name board; replaced the slider stop action with an electric system (replacing the original pneumatic system); got a new bench and console lights; filled in a prepared stop on the Swell with a new 8' Oboe; added a new 4' Principal to the Positiv and replaced the wooden trebles of the 8' Gedeckt with metal; cleaned the entire organ and corrected numerous voicing irregularities.