NICHOLAS PITTS

 ORGAN BUILDER and ORGAN TUNER

3 Burtey Fen Lane, Pinchbeck

Lincolnshire  PE11 3SR

Tel:  01775 766081

 

Pipe organs need to be nurtured and looked after, otherwise they can deteriorate to a point where they are no longer a pleasure to play, or a pleasure to listen to.

Humidity, fluctuations in temperature, and dust are the worst enemies of a pipe organ. Few, if any, organs in our British churches enjoy the benefit of an air-conditioned, or temperature controlled environment.  Change in temperature and humidity can cause untold problems, which is the reason for regular visits for tuning and maintenance.

Able to see only the front row of fašade pipes, most congregations have no idea of the complexity of pipe organs, understandably known as the "King of Instruments".

 Larger organs often have thousands of pipes, which range from pencil-size to the largest 32-foot pipe that an adult could crawl into, hundreds of metres of rods and components which connect keys to pipes.

Over a period of 25 - 50 years parts of the organ can deteriorate to a point where a major restoration is required, often at great expense.  Regular maintenance of an organ is essential to check on the process of deterioration.  Leather, electrical parts, metal threaded rods can all deteriorate over 50 years, and will inevitably require attention or replacement. Even some of the organ pipes themselves can suffer from metal fatigue, and if unchecked can collapse, falling on other pipes, causing major damage.

The organ blower which supplies the air to the organ also needs a regular check to ensure that the oil or grease is keeping the bearings cool. An organ blower should last a lifetime, if properly maintained, and replacement should rarely be necessary.

For free advice about the care and maintenance of your pipe organ, please contact us.

We welcome your enquiries by mail, email, or by telephone.

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