IMG 1967 Another view of the pipes. The big wood ones on the far left used to be a "head banger" right in the middle where one must walk to tune. We moved them to a wall so it's easier and safer to get around inside.
  •  rebuilding console back
  • spray foam insulation
  • Toe boards in the shop
  • The original valves
  • Offset chests for largest pipes
  • Organ pipes before washing
  • organ pipes after washing
  • water damage in the organ's history
  • Exposed walls after removing the plaster
  • New organ pipes
  • tighten stopper
  • new direct electric valves
  • new switching/relay system
  • new packing leather
  • new piston slips
  • New key contacts
  • New sheetrock in the chamber
  • New toe studs
  • New organ valves
  • New stop tabs
  • Organ keys
  • Console with new toe studs, pistons, stop, controls
  • Pipes stacked in trays
  • organ valve pads
  • Organ Reassembly
  • Reassembling wind system
  • New electric swell motor
  • PVC winding
  • little wood flute
  • The console shell
  • 16' Bourdons
  • empty chamber
  • exhaust fans
  • organ's
  • organ pipes back in
  • IMG 1967
  • IMG 1968

River Falls First UCC

The organ at First Congregational in River Falls is in a chamber under the church tower. With two walls and ceiling exposed to the outside air, the chamber was always incredibly cold in the winter and the organ would not stay in tune. What started as a quest to equalize temperature resulted in a complete rebuild and conversion of a small straight two-manual organ into a unit organ with vastly more colors and a new 4' Octave to give it more capacity to lead the congregation.