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September 18, 2013

Anonymous electronic organ repair

Keyboards have been pull out and turned up for a repair to D# key.

Keyboards have been pulled out and turned up for a repair to the middle D# key.

Last week, I had an electronic organ technician make some repairs to my Saville organ. The tech traveled a considerable distance and asked to remain anonymous. He doesn’t desire to have regular customers in my area as he has plenty of business closer to home.

This was my first time to have an organ technician perform work on my organ. When I first received the organ back in 2009, I had a guy check out my organ as it would randomly turn off. He didn’t do any actual work (he was quite elderly). He took the top off, looked inside, said he couldn’t help, and left. Amazingly, I have not had that particular problem since that day!

I had procrastinated about having work done to the organ since then. With it being from the 1970’s, I didn’t want to risk making the problems worse. Also, I had received an estimate that seemed high. And it felt like it was a challenge to find someone willing to come to Adrian. In hindsight, I realize I could have identified a church in Adrian with an electronic organ and found out who they were using for maintenance and service. I could still do this! I was encouraged by a lady I met at the AGO convention in July to have my organ serviced.

You may be wondering, why I am specifically referring to electronic organs. Pipe organ and electronic organ technology is very different. Finding someone that services both pipe and electronic organs would be rare.

Here are the issues with my organ that were fixed:

  • Spitzflöte 4′ stop now works! Previously, when this stop was on one note sounded continuously. It turns out that it was a F.
  • Octave 4′ stop no longer sounds like a tea kettle!
  • Lowest 6 keys on the keyboards have never worked on some of the stops. I didn’t even realize this problem could be fixed.
  • Increased the tension on the pedals making them a bit stiffer to play.
  • Fixed the delay when D# key is depressed on great manual (lower keyboard).
  • Tuned the organ and it now sounds better than ever!

Thank you anonymous organ repair man!

My cats and the organ

July has been a very busy month. I still have my goals in mind to update the blog weekly and practice the organ at least 10 hours week. I plan to get back on track soon for I need more practice to become a successful organist and writer!

Since I have not done all that much with the organ in July, today I will introduce my 3 cats: Lina, Kilala, and Buster. All three cats occasionally visit me while I am practicing the organ. Sometimes Lina will insist that I hold her while I practice! Other times I find them sitting on the organ or the speakers.

 Lina and Kilala are sisters from the same litter and were born in February 2003. Buster is our rescue cat who we took in January or February 2011 . He is a younger cat and probably about 2 or 3 years of age.

Please enjoy the pictures below!

Kilala on organ watching as I practice.

Kilala next to me on organ bench

Buster stepping on pedals to get into the window.

Lina looking out the window.


Kilala and Buster

Buster and Kilala

Buster on speaker
Lina on organ speaker. A few days after this was taken she knocked yellow picture frame in this photo off the speaker which broke the frame and the glass!

February 4, 2012

Sunny Afternoon Nap

Pictured below is my cat, Buster. He was sleeping on the organ bench one sunny afternoon until I came along with my camera!

Sometimes I like to take a nap on a sunny afternoon too especially on Sundays after lunch at my parents. The warmth of the sun coming through the window puts me to sleep.

Do you like to take naps in the sun?