Trinity Cathedral’s 1983 Reuter pipe organ has served the Cathedral well for over thirty years. It has played thousands of services and hundreds of weddings and memorial services. While not the largest pipe organ in Sacramento, it’s tonal qualities are among the best in the community; it is known for its refined, elegant sound, and has been played by some of the world’s great organists, who have complemented it’s fine tonal quality.
Like anything of a certain age, it has started to manifest some problems in the last few years, which I have done my best to work around. However, this has presented many challenges, some of which are increasingly difficult to deal with. After careful assessment, our organ technician and other consultants have made specific recommendations for work to be done on the organ.
● Replacement of the façade pipes, (the large visible pipes in the front) which are collapsing under their own weight, due to the use of sub-standard zinc in the original installation.
● Thorough cleaning of organ interior, and regulation and cleaning of some pipes. The interior has thirty years of dust, plaster, and Christmas tree needles (!), which will cause further mechanical problems if not cleaned up.
● Updating of 1983 electronics in the console (which have become increasingly unreliable) to twenty-first century standards.
● Replacing the main air reservoir, damaged when a pipe burst in the furnace and flooded the blower room. The reservoir controls the air-supply which makes the pipes speak.
● Releathering the swell expressions shades (ie. louvres which make the sound louder or softer).
In addition, we would like to complete the antiphonal “Processional” organ, which was prepared for in the original installation. The powerful en-chamade “Imperial Trumpet” stop was installed in 1990, and we’d like to complete the division in honor of the long-time ministry of the Reverend Canon Grant S. Carey, formerly Canon Precentor of the Cathedral.
The total cost of this project is estimated to be around $155,000, and we’d like to get the work done before any of these problems become critical.
A brochure outlining the project, and including a donor form can be downloaded here: Organ renovation tri
I will be doing a live demonstration of the issues around the instrument on Sunday, September 14th at 10:15 am in the choir stalls of the Cathedral. All are invited to see and hear all about this exciting project!