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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 117, Griffin Residence
Harpswell, Maine


Latest Rebuild
Opus R345, Christ Episcopal
Charlottesville, Virginia


Latest Restoration
Opus R474, St. Peter's Church
Haverstraw, New York


Announcements

Nantucket Baroque Concert
Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 6:00 PM
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Nantucket, MA
The Nantucket Arts Council presents the 2nd annual Nantucket Baroque Concert at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 20 Fair Street. This year's program features Dr. J. Reilly Lewis playing the newly rebuilt and enlarged Hutchings-Votey (1904) / Andover (2014) organ and a double-manual harpsichord. Click here for details.

Hutchings, Plaisted & Co.
Organ, Opus 112 (1883)
Summer Recital Series
First Parish, Brunswick, ME
First Parish Church, UCC, announces its 29th Season of Summer Organ Concerts, played on the 1883 Hutchings, Plaisted & Co. organ, Opus 112, which Andover rebuilt and enlarged  in 2003 as our Opus R-395.

July 22: Rudolf Inning, Bielefeld, Germany

July 29: Chris Ganza, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

August 5:  Ray Cornils, Brunswick, Maine

August 12: Harold Stover, Hollis, Maine

August 19: Jacques Boucher with Sophie Poulin de Courval, Saxaphone, Montreal, Canada

First Parish is located at 9 Cleaveland Street in Brunswick. Concerts are Tuesday afternoons at 12:10pm. Suggested donation at the door: $5.00.


1860 E. & G.G. Hook, Opus 288
Summer Recital Series
St. John's Church, Bangor, ME
St. John’s Catholic Church, Bangor, ME, presents the 22nd Summer Recital Series on Maine’s largest 19th-Century tracker-action pipe organ,  The 2014 series features outstanding organ music performed by artists from Europe, Asia, and North America.

July 24: Rudolf Innig, Bielefeld, Germany

July 31: Naomi Shiga and Jonathan Wohlers, Tacoma, Washington

August 7: Robert and Nancy Ludwig, Bangor, Maine

August 14: Reiko Okamoto, Yokosuka, Japan

August 21: Jacques Boucher with Sophie Poulin de Courval, saxophone, Montreal, Canada

August 28: Kevin Birch with Anatole Wieck, violin, Bangor, Maine

These hour-long recitals are on Thursday evenings at 7:30. St. John’s Church is located at 207 York Street in Bangor. Free admission. For more information, contact Kevin Birch, Director of Music, at (207) 942-6941.


Nantucket Hutchings Organ
Reinstalled and Playing
On May 11,  the rebuilt and enlarged Hutchings-Votey organ returned to St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Nantucket. Following the Sunday service, 40+ parishioners unloaded all the parts into the church in less than an hour!  Matthew Bellocchio, Ryan Bartosiewicz and Andy Hagberg erected the instrument during the next two weeks. Robert Newton, Don Glover and Ryan Bartosiewicz did the tonal finishing in the following weeks. The project was completed in time for the dedication of the new, handicapped accessible entrance wing on Sunday, June 29. Click here to see the church's newsletter article with pictures of the organ's unloading and installation.
J. Reilly Lewis Organ Recital
Gettysburg, PA
Sun., Oct 12, at 4:00 PM
Music, Gettysburg! presents J. Reilly Lewis in recital on Andover Opus 84 at the Lutheran Theological Seminary Chapel, 147 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA. FREE.
Opus R-205B
Reinstallation Video
Last summer (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.
Nantucket Hutchings Organ
Removal Pictures
In October 2013 we removed the 1902 Hutchings-Votey organ, Opus 1473, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Nantucket, MA for rebuilding. This rebuilding was part of a major church renovation project which included the construction a new handicapped accessible entrance wing. A church member photographed the organ's removal and produced an illustrated article for the church's newsletter. Click here to read the article.
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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