St Martin's Episcopal Church, Minnetonka Beach, MN.
An otherwise well built tracker organ by John Nordlie has suffered the typical effects of age. The stop and combination actions had become unreliable. Swell shades originally enclosing the Great (except for the facade 8' Principal) had been removed early on and discarded, and the current organist wished to have the utility of the shades restored. To build new shades we had to remove all of the pipes -- which then could be washed. We were surprised to find that many, many pipes were showing early signs of collapse and many toes had become constricted, limiting the air getting to them. All miters were collapsing and in need of bracing. We reconstructed the shades; replaced the stop action units; replaced the combination action with one having multiple memory levels; cleaned and repaired pipes with new cast lead toes; replaced the Slic slider motors (which make a lot of noise) with new Laukhuff solenoids that are nearly silent. After washing, all pipes went to the voicing machine so irregularities could be corrected. Since the organ had always received complaints about being too soft, we have boosted the 8' and 4' Principals for a larger chorus. One unique feature of this organ is presence of a Glockenspiel on the Echo manual.