Work is underway on our new pipe organ at Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. Located in Canandaigua, a beautiful part of the "finger lakes" region of upstate New York, the Parsons team is a fourth generation family business. Their skilled craftmanship dates all the way back to the 1800s.
Here you can see the beginnings of the wind reservoirs for our instrument. Reservoirs are large box-like structures that regulate the wind pressure going to the wind chests and ultimately the organ pipes themselves. It is important for the organ to maintain consistent pressure so all the pipes produce the same tone and quality.
"We’ve modified our regulator design for this organ to include a mounting frame. This will allow the leathered portion of the regulator (ribs and floating top) to be detached from the large well for future restoration. This is important here, given the limited space under the divisional wind chests for the winding system," said Ric Parsons, President of Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. Since this organ will last more than 100 years, it is important that we plan for restoration such as replacing leather components 40 or 50 years from now. You can see the design of the reservoirs below and the way they feed wind into the organ.
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