Andover Organ Company :: Pipe Organ Tuning and Maintenance Servicess

Tuning and Maintenance

With regular tuning and maintenance a pipe organ will sound its best and give reliable service for many decades. Each year we maintain over 300 organs throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast — from northern Maine to South Carolina, from western New York to the islands off eastern Massachusetts.

These instruments range in size from small one-manual organs in country churches to the world-famous 4 manual, 116 rank Great Organ in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall; and range in age from a few years to an historic 1762 Snetzler organ. Our technicians are skilled in servicing all types of organ mechanisms — from traditional tracker action to modern solid-state relays and combination actions.

Each spring and fall, we schedule extended maintenance tours to visit multiple instruments in a particular geographical area. This enables our customers to share travel expenses, at a considerable savings over the cost of an individual trip for a single instrument. We are usually also available on short notice for last-minute emergencies.

Additional Services
With many decades of collective experience, our staff is skilled in solving a wide variety of pipe organ issues. In addition to building, rebuilding and restoration — as well as expert tuning and maintenance — we offer the following services:

  • Emergency tuning and repairs.
  • Re-leathering of historic or modern reservoirs.
  • Repair and repacking of wood pipe stoppers.
  • Repair and replacement of metal pipe tuning scrolls and sleeves.
  • Repair and reinforcement of leaning or collapsing pipes.
  • Repair of dented, bent or crushed pipes.
  • Repainting and redecoration of pipe facades.
  • Re-regulating or re-voicing of existing ranks of pipes.
  • Electrical upgrades of console relays and combination actions.
  • Repair or replacement of organ blower motors.
  • Organ protection and wrapping for construction projects.
  • Organ appraisals for insurance coverage.
  • Organ examinations and condition reports for long-range planning or damage claims.
  • Consultations on organ projects done by others.

Please contact us for more information regarding your specific issues and needs.

Latest New Organ
Opus 118, First Parish Church
Wayland, Massachusetts

Latest Rebuild
Opus R55D, St. Paul's Episcopal
Nantucket, Massachusetts

Latest Restoration
Opus R490, St. Anna's Chapel
Newburyport, Massachusetts


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Choir & Organ Concert
of Marian Music
Saint John's Seminary
127 Lake St., Brighton, MA
Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3:00 PM
Special guests David Woodcock and Jan Coxwell, conductors, join organist Janet Hunt and a festival choir in a concert of music in honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary, including works by Poulenc and Faure. Free.
Organ Benefit Concert
Holy Cross Cathedral
Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2:00 PM
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington Street, Boston, presents a recital by French organist Marie-Bernadette Dufourcet Hakim to benefit the ongoing restoration of the cathedral's historic 1875 E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 801. Suggested Donation: $20 general, $10 students, senoirs and AGO members.
Katelyn Emerson Recital
South Parish Congregational
Augusta, Maine
Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:00 PM
South Parish Congregational Church, 9 Church St., in Augusta, Maine  presents a recital by award-winning young organist Katelyn Emerson to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church building and its E. & G. G. Hook organ, Opus 389,  which Andover restored in 1982.
Rededicatory Recital
Peter Sykes, Organist
Charlestown, Massachusetts
Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:00 PM
St. Mary - St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, 55 Warren St,, Charlestown, MA, presents a recital by internationally renowned organist Peter Sykes to rededicate their 1892 Woodberry & Harris organ, Opus 100, whose mechanical actions and wind systems we recently restored. Free admission.
Rosalind Mohnsen Recital
Saint John's Seminary
127 Lake St., Brighton, MA
Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 PM
This nationally-renouned Boston organist celebrates the close of the liturgical year with music commemorating All Saints and the Feast of Christ the King. Free.
Christmas Lessons & Carols
Saint John's Seminary
127 Lake St., Brighton, MA
Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 PM
Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM
Christmas concert featuring the Saint John's Seminary Schola and special guests. Free
David Higgs Recital
Christ Lutheran Church
Baltimore, Maryland
Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2:30 PM
Christ  Church will present a recital by distinguished American concert organist and teacher, David Higgs, to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Andover Opus 114. Free Admission. Click here for more information.
Now Posted Online
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2015 Newsletter.
Opus R-500 Featured in
October 2015 TAO Magazine
Opus R-500, at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, is the cover feature article in the October 2015 issue of The American Organist, the national magazine of the American Guild of Organists. CLICK HERE to see the cover picture.  CLICK HERE to read the article about the rebuilding of the organ.
1892 Woodberry & Harris
Organ Restoration - Charlestown, MA
Click here to read the Charlestown Patch article about our current  restoration of the historic 3m Woodberry & Harris organ at St. Mary - St. Catherine of Sienna Parish in Charlestown.
Opus R-205B
Reinstallation Video
In 2013 we restored the 1895 (II/9) Hutchings organ at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA. A church member made a stop-action video of Jonathan Ross and Andrew Hagberg reinstalling the pipework. Click here to see the video.
Two Large Organs For Sale
Two large, very fine two-manual organs are now for sale: an 1859 E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 244, with 25 stops (30 ranks); and an 1874 Johnson & Son, Opus 440, with 23 stops (28 ranks).  Both instruments date from the golden age of their respective builders.  Further details are available in our Organs For Sale section.
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