First United Methodist Church, Connersville, IN

New Reynolds Organ to Replace Damaged Moller

 

The chancel of First UMC, Connersville, IN.  Construction on their new pipe organ begins this year!The chancel of First UMC, Connersville, IN. Construction on their new pipe organ begins this year!Every cloud has a silver lining.  

 

A boiler repair gone awry last fall caused extensive damage to the 1940 M.P. Moller organ at First United Methodist Church in Connersville, IN.  The organ pipes, chests, and console were exposed to live steam when a leak in the basement directly under the instrument went undetected for several hours.  Although the organ continued to function (barely), the accident has led the congregation to sign a contract for a new Reynolds pipe organ that will replace the Moller.

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shelbyville, IN

Years of Planning and Effort Result in New Pipe Organ

 

The 1912 pipe facade of the Moller organ will continue to be part of the new Reynolds instrument.The 1912 pipe facade of the Moller organ will continue to be part of the new Reynolds instrument.Reynolds Associates recently signed the contract for a new pipe organ for St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Shelbyville, IN.

 

The church's existing pipe organ was built in 1912 by the M.P. Moller Organ Company.  Many of the voices from this venerable instrument will be included in the new organ, providing a link between the past and the future.

 

 

 

 

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Fix-a-Flat at E91

 

It happens to every driver now and then.  A flat tire.  It's a part of life.

 

Raising the Console for WebRaising the Console for WebRecently, however, we received a call from East 91st Street Christian Church in Indianapolis.  Their organ console had blown a tire!  Actually, one of the casters under the console had failed. 

 

This sounds like a silly, minor problem, and not really newsworthy.  But, at 103 ranks, the E91 organ is the largest church organ in Indiana, with a massive 4-manual oak console.  So, how do you change a tire on a pipe organ?

 

Dave Reynolds used a hydraulic hoist to lift the console, one end at a time.  We found that, after many years of being rolled on the carpet several times each week, the casters were completely worn out.  So, we put the organ "up on blocks" for a few days, while we ordered the special heavy-duty casters we needed.  Once they arrived, it was a simple matter to change them out, and then to return the console to the floor.

 

The console is now good for another 50,000 miles, unless, of course, it runs over one of the horrible pot holes that developed this winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Main Street Christian Church, Rushville, IN

New Reynolds Console for Historic Hook & Hastings Organ

 

Marvin Rees tests out the new Reynolds console during installation.Marvin Rees tests out the new Reynolds console during installation.In late 1893, the prominent Boston organ builder, E. & G.G. Hook and Hastings, built a new pipe organ for Main Street Christian Church in Rushville, IN.   The organ is mentioned in the March, 1894 volume of the monthly journal, The Organ.  At the time Hook & Hastings was the largest organ builder in the United States, and their instruments, many of which survive today, are prized for their dignified sound and the exceptional quality of their pipes.

  

    

   

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Trinity United Methodist Church, Huntington, IN

 

Trinity Reimagines

Its Moller Pipe Organ

 

The new pipe facade at Trinity UMC, Huntington, IN, designed and built by Reynolds Associates.The new pipe facade at Trinity UMC, Huntington, IN, designed and built by Reynolds Associates.We have been honored to provide care for the 1958 M.P. Moller pipe organ at Trintiy United Methdodist Church in Huntington, IN for several years.  During that time, in addition to normal tuning and maintenance, we removed all the pipes from the instrument and sealed the mechanical actions while the church went through the messy process of having the sanctuary ceiling completely replastered.

 

During that project, we discovered that, after 54 years of service, the organ needed to have the leather membranes in the windchests replaced. Moller windchests are very well-made, and releathering them is very worthwhile.

 

 

 

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      Church of the Ascension, Bardstown, KY 

 

   Making A Small Organ SPECIAL

 

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First, a personal note...  If you have to work away from home, there are few better places to have to do it than Bardstown, KY.  And, there are few nicer peopler to work with than Karl Lusk and David Pratt at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension.

 

 

 

 

 

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 North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis

 New Keys for the Patriarch!

 

The main four-manual console of the Kimball-Reynolds pipe organ at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis.The main four-manual console of the Kimball-Reynolds pipe organ at North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis.One of the most-heard and best-loved pipe organs in central Indiana has received a big improvement!

 

When Reynolds Associates renovated the big organ at North UMC in 2003, it was decided to keep the original manual keyboards on the big main console for a few years so money could be spent to also upgrade the gallery pipe organ and the church seven foot Steinway grand piano.

 

 

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