Installation of our new Casavant organ has proceeded according to plan. After an initial delay in transport, the team of four installers has worked six days a week to keep the installation project on schedule. The physical installation is scheduled to be complete on Friday, August 5, 2022. Then a different team will arrive to voice and tune our new instrument.
Many important milestones have been achieved to date:
Still, with nearly 1,900 pipes to be installed, there is much work to be done. Installation of the smaller pipes is relatively straightforward, but “integration” testing between the various systems: electrical, mechanical, etc. remains to be accomplished. The organ console itself will be assembled and connected near the end of next week. The plan is to complete the physicial installation by August 5 to that the voicing and tuning may proceed the week following.
Six white casements with wood trim are hung on each side of the chancel cross. Supports inside the casements keep the large metal pipes perfectly balanced. Air is supplied from the bottom of the pipe.
A series of shutters, are installed behind the acoustically transparent screens. Because the supplied air pressure is constant, the louvers are used to control volume on the instrument.
The thirty visible facade pipes inside the casements were installed on July 29 and 30. These easily marked pipes are temporarily covered in blue plastic and only handled with “white gloves”.