This culminates a project that has been underway for five years. The effort involved has resulted in the fulfillment of the expectations of both congregation and builder. The church has been extremely pleased with the impact on the sanctuary, both visual and functional. After spending 18-months seated in the sanctuary during the building renovation and organ installation, the choir has now returned to the choir loft. The improved acoustics of the room and choir loft have permitted the choir to be cognizant of blend and the appropriate projection into the room. Removal of the reredos has allowed the choir to become part of the service and not just a sound source as in the past.
The finished organ has a robust principal chorus in the Great Division. The Mixture crowns both the principal chorus and full organ without being shrill or piercing. A multifaceted flute rounds out the specification of the Great Division. It provides options for flute solo work as well as its use in classical literature. To enhance the versatility of a two manual instrument, the Viola, Viola Celeste and Trompette were duplexed as independent stops from the Swell Division to provide additional flexibility in registration.
The Swell Division provides the resources to function as a Swell Division or an enclosed Positiv Division. Space and budget permitted only one string and celeste stop. These strings were scaled to be broad and warm. This scaling complements the Rohrflote to provide the 8’ foundation tone for choir accompaniment. The 2’ Spitz Octave offers a clear focus to the division for Positiv work and completes the Principal chorus for choir accompaniment. Additionally, the Cornet transforms from a flute Sesquiltera to a mounted Cornet when the 2’ Spitz Principal is drawn. The 16’ Rohrgedeckt is available in both divisions as a sub pitch for full chorus registration. The reed voices are derived from a 16’ Bassoon and 8’ Trompette. Scaling and the judicious use of shallot styles permit the reeds to exhibit more color variety than one normally expects.
The Swell Division supports 16 and 4 couplers, but no subs or supers are provided on the Great Division. Each stop on the Great was designed and voiced to support its position in the ensemble, eliminating the need for couplers.
The console was designed to our exacting company standards to assure longevity and the comfort of the organist. The manuals were supplied with bone naturals and rosewood sharps, together with tracker touch for precise key action. The console interior is burled maple with rosewood drawknobs and tilting tablets. The combination action is "capture" with 50 levels of memory, and programmable sforzando and crescendo.
Custom scaling and voicing, improvements to the acoustics of the room, and proven standards for organ mechanical design have resulted in an outstanding musical instrument. We encourage church committees or individuals considering a new instrument to take the opportunity to hear and play this organ. For an initial review of this organ’s sound and versatility, please call or write to request our CD which features the Milford Hills United Methodist Church organ, together with Central Presbyterian Church and St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, both of Atlanta.
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