How We Work
A true partnership involves an open exchange of knowledge and ideas. At Parkey OrganBuilders, we believe that active involvement of both parties regarding assessment, planning and design changes of either existing worship or recital spaces or designs for new spaces are crucial to the success of a pipe organ.
Our team will listen attentively to your needs, your hopes and desires. Because each instrument and project is unique, we do not apply standard specifications to our work. Instead, each instrument is carefully considered and addressed on an individual basis.
Once the proposal is approved and contracts are signed, our individual craftsmen can begin! Throughout the project, we will continue to work with you so that no detail goes unaddressed. Only then can we create a timeless instrument that will exceed your expectations and enrich your church or university for decades to come.
Uncommon Artistry and Time-Honored Engineering Practices
In the tradition of organbuilding, components such as consoles, winding systems, and relays provide the mechanical structure for the pipe organ. The perfection of these elements has evolved over the years through the work of many talented builders in the field. As an organbuilder, our responsibility is to uphold these time-honored standards of mechanical craftsmanship, while perfecting the distinctive voicing and scaling characteristics of your organ’s pipework.
The needs of your music program and unique acoustical space provide important guidance to the placement and number of stops in the organ. Each stop is developed as its own voice, rendering both individual breath and a building block to the ensemble. It is through the custom scaling and careful voicing of the pipework that we create a rich array of sounds. In much the same way that an artist uses a color palette to create a masterpiece, these shades of sound provide the organist with an extensive tonal palette from which to create exceptional music.
What to do with an existing instrument?
While our company’s main focus is on the design, construction and installation of new instruments, we are often approached by customers who wish to preserve an existing organ that isn’t performing to its full potential. In many cases, the organs are substantial instruments in both tonal and mechanical credibility. The problem may be mechanical degradation resulting from age and use, or an instrument that was originally built with limited tonal guidelines.
Our extensive experience as a builder and service provider enables us to handle various problems and considerations with these organs. We can review and assess the circumstances and provide valid options and recommendations. In many cases, an existing instrument is a perfect candidate for rebuilding and expansion, rather than replacement.
If you have questions about an existing organ, do not hesitate to contact our office with your inquiries. We will be glad to discuss these options with you!