John Knox Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis

 

Knox Organ

A Blend of Old and New!

 

The new Reynolds pipe organ at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis is now complete.  It is a versatile and distinguished instrument in a smaller sanctuary with wonderful, live acoustics. 

As is the case with every Reynolds project, the pipes of this new instrument were carefully voiced and regulated in their acoustical environment.  Tonal finishing is the last step in creating an instrument that is truly at home in its space.

The original pipe organ at Knox was built by E.H. Holloway Corporation.  In 2000,we made major improvements to the instrument, including a new console and control system.  Although the instrument was striking in appearance, there were numerous design problems, including how the chests are supported, that could not be easily corrected.

Throughout the planning process for the new building, the John Knox congregation was firmly committed to preserving its pipe organ, and our firm was involved in the planning from the earliest stages.

The instrument that has emerged from these discussions is a new organ that retains many of the fine pipes from the Holloway organ, as well as the console and control equipment we added almost a decade ago. 

The new organ has all new windchests, winding system, blower, and several new ranks of pipes.  All the existing pipes that are reused have been completely renewed and revoiced in our shop.  The physical installation began in May, and is nearly completed as of this writing..

 Existing Holloway organ at John KnoxExisting Holloway organ at John KnoxThe original Holloway organ, shown here, was a two-manual instrument of 21 ranks.  The new organ will be a 22-rank instrument  The instrument has windchest preparation for two additional pipe ranks..  We have included new principal stops in the Great, a beefier Swell division, and more tone color throughout.  For reasons of space and cost, we have added twelve digitally-generated stops. 

The old Holloway organ was designed with the Swell division in the center, with the Great to the left and the Pedal to the right.  The Swell was enclosed with Plexiglas expression shutters that were striking in appearance but distracting to worshippers.  In the new Reynolds organ, the Great is in the exposed center of the organ, with the Swell to the left (adjacent to the choristers), and the Pedal and inside Great to the right.  

The new sanctuary at John Knox is a much better acoustical environment for the organ, with more "life" than many much larger spaces we have worked in.

A very important stewardship aspect to this project is that the investments the church made in improving the organ in the past all remain part of this new organ.  The money that was spent improving the organ proved to be a good investment, indeed, since these improvements made this project much less costly for a congregation involved in the expense of constructing a new building.

The dedicatory concert on the new John Knox organ will probably be in October, and will be announced here as soon as plans are finalized.See the Specification of this Organ

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