Now, ten years after overhauling the windchests and pipes, Reynolds Associates will replace the keyboards, along with the pedalboard, the expression shoes, and the coupler rail.  After an additional decade of use, these parts are worn out, and Martin Ellis, organist at North, looks forward to the improvements.  Replacing the keyboards will allow us to better utilize many of the features of the Peterson ICS4000 control system, which controls all eight divisions of the 1931 Kimball/Reynolds organ in the chancel and the 1965 Holloway/Reynolds organ in the rear gallery.  Several interesting custom features are also included in this project, including harmonic couplers for the Solo division, and a Sostenuto control.

 

We have nicknamed the big Kimball organ, The Patriarch.  It's not the largest organ in Indianapolis, but it is certainly one of the finest.  Typical of the great orchestral pipe organs, The Patriach is both subtle and commanding.  Its elegant presence graces a beautiful gothic sanctuary that is, itself, worth a visit to North.

 

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During the decade since its rebuild, the organ has been played in hundreds of church services, as well as concerts by Thomas Murray, Ken Cowan, Carol Williams, Martin Ellis, and Robert Schilling.  Three national publishing houses have used the organ, with Ellis at the console, to record their annual demo cds of organ and choral music. 

 

 Martin Ellis plans a concert and recording when it is finished.  A video of Martin playing the Toccata in d by Max Reger at North can be heard here. Other videos of this organ can also be heard at our YouTube channel.  Just click on the logo below to go to the Reynolds Associates channel.

 

We plan to complete this project in the spring of 2013.

 

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