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Restorations Organs


 

 

Servicing of the Great Organ of the church of SAINT-SEVERIN in PARIS (2011)

This overall servicing job was done in collaboration with the Dominique Thomas Manufacturing Company based in Belgium.
The flue pipes were equalized by Dominique Thomas and Quentin Blumenroeder and the reed stops by Jean-Marie Tricoteaux. The TTB Trio!

Collaborating with these two remarkable men was a pleasure. We knew this was a magnificent instrument; what we didn’t know was how conclusive the outcome would be after all leaks were stopped and major equalization performed.


Photos by Christophe Frommen

 

 

 Positif 56 notes

Grand-Orgue 56 notesRésonance 56 notes
Echo expressif 56 notesPédales 30 notes
Montre 8'Montre 16'Bourdon 16'Bourdon 8'Flûte 16'
Bourdon 8'Montre 8'Qunintation 8'Viole de Gambe 8'Soubasse 16'
Prestant 4'Flûte conique 8Bourdon à cheminée 8Unda Maris 8Principal 8'
Flûte à Cheminée 4'Prestant 4'Flûte conique 4'Principal 4'Bourdon 8'
Nasard 2 2/3'Doublette 2'Grosse Tierce 3 1/5Flûte à fuseau 4'Principale 4'
Doublette 2'Cornet VNasard 2 2/3Doublette 2'Cor de Nuit 2
Tierce 1 3/5Fourniture VQuarte 2'Quarte 2'Fourniture V
Larigot 1 1/3Cymbale IVTierce 1 3/5Sifflet 1Cymbale IV
Plein jeu V-VICymbale-Tierce IISifflet 1Sesquialtera IIDouçaine 32
Trompette 8'Trompette 8'Cornet VCymbale IV- VBombarde 16'
Cromorne 8'

Clairon 4'

 

Hautbois 8'

 

Trompette 8'

Trompette 8"

 Musette 8'
Voix humaine 8' Bourdon 8'Clairon 4'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Pedal coupler II, III
Coupler I/II, II/II, II/III, IV/III
Reed stops appels I, II, IV, Pedal
Mixture appels I, II, IV, Pedal: Positive: one common appel
Mixture/reed stops, GO: mixture appel, reed stops appel; echo: one appel
Mixture/reed stops, Pedal: mixture appel, reed stops appel
Tremulants I, III
Expression pedals IV

 


Restoration of the organ of Berstett - Alsace (2011)

Save for its case and numerous stops, this instrument, which is originally by Wetzel, was first chiefly redone by Link. Later on, it was remodeled several times in a neoclassical style.
It contained the Full organ Mixture of the 1718 Andreas Silbermann organ of Sainte-Aurélie of Strasbourg, which was eventually bought by the parish of Sainte-Aurélie. We made a copy of it for the church of Berstett. We performed a complete overhaul of the pneumatic action system, and all the round bellows located under the pistons were changed. Nothing in the harmony or the equal temperament was changed.  

 

Photos taken either before or after the restoration of the organ.

 

Grand-orgue 56 notes
 Récit expressif 56 notes
 Pédale 30 notes
 Principal 8' Bourdon 8'  Soubasse 16' Jeu d'origine
 Bourdon 8' Prestant 4' Soubasse 16'
 Octave 4' Quinte 2'2/3 Bourdon 8' (Récit)
 Flûte conique 4' Doublette 2'  Choralbass 4'
 Doublette 2' Tierce 1'3/5  I/P
 Fourniture 3 rgs (1') Cymbale 3 rgs (1/2') 
 I/I (4')  
 II/I (16', 8', 4')  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Restoration of the organ of the church of Sainte-Richarde in Marlenheim, Alsace (2011)


The case was completely disassembled, scrupulously cleaned and reassembled. It was also pushed forward by a foot to allow for improved mobility around the organ.
The organ was inaugurated with a concert on Sunday, March 6  2011.
We thank Mr. Marc Schaefer for his improvisations, thereby showing off the beauty of each and every stop.

 

Grand-orgue 56 notes
 Récit expressif 56 notes Pédale 30 notes
 Bourdon 16' Quintaton 16 Contrebasse 16'
 Montre 8' Diapason 8 Soubasse 16'
 Bourdon 8' Bourdon 8'  Bourdon 16' (Récit)
 Gambe 8' Cor de nuit 8 Bourdon 8'
 Prestant 4' Flûte harmonique 8' Violoncelle 8'
 Flûte à cheminée 4' Salicional 8   Flûte 4'
 Doublette 2' Voix céleste 8  Bombarde 16'
 Fourniture 3-4 rgs Aéoline 8  I/P
 Trompette 8' Flûte pastorale 4' 
 II/I 16' 8' 4 Cor de chamois 4' 
  Nasar 2'2/3 
  Flageolet 2' 
  Larigot 1'1/3 
  Cornet 5 rgs 
  Clarinette 8' 
  Basson / Hautbois 8' 
  Trémolo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Silbermann Organ of the Abbey-Church of Marmoutier
Alsace (2009/2010)


Restoration of the Silbermann Organ of the Abbey-Church of Marmoutier.
This is a landmark.
The 1709 Silbermann Organ of Marmoutier ranks amongst the two or three most prestigious instruments in Alsace, and is considered to be one of the five 18th-century organs in France that has best stood the test of time. This is a piece of international renown. We were delighted and honored we were assigned the job. Indeed, the sheer beauty of the instrument and its importance within the field make it a major piece. This assignment has marked a decisive turning point in how we have evolved as a business as it made us transition from a Franco-French reputation to an international one. The techniques that were brought into play here are all historical ones, and no product that was not of use at the time was used. Replicas of three Stiehr diagonal bellows were put in in late October 2009. The case and the organ loft were refinished in compliance with the results of our research at the Music Museum of la Villette in Paris.

 

 Photos : JP Lerch

Positif de dos, 49 notesGrand-Orgue, 49 notes
Echos 25 notes
Pédalier 27 notes
Bourdon 8'Bourdon 16'Bourdon 8' (sans tirant)Flûte 16'
Prestant 4'Montre 8'Prestant 4'Flûte 8'
Nazard 2'2/3Bourdon 8'Cornet 3 rgsFlûte 4'
Doublette 2'Prestant 4' Bombarde 16'
Tierce 1' 3/5Nazard 2' 2/3 Trompette 8'
Fourniture 3 rgsDoublette 2'  
Cromorne 8'Tierce 1'3/5  
 Cornet 5 rgs  
 Fourniture 3 rgs  
 Cymbale 3 rgs  
 Trompette 8'  
 Clairon 4' (B+D)  
 

Voix humaine 8'

  
 I/II (tiroir)  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 


Stiehr Organ of the Protestant Church of the Robertsau in Strasbourg (2010)


The pipes were taken apart, the case and the wood pipes cleaned, the wind-chests of the Great and Swell Organs restored, the note transmission system of the stops overhauled, the console and keyboards looked at, the wind supply inspected, the harmony and equalization checked, and the whole treated.

 


 Photo from the site “découverte orgue”

Grand Orgue

(54 notes)

 Récit Expressif

(54 notes)

Pédale

(27 notes)

 Bourdon 16'
 Principal 8'
 Contrebasse 16'
 Montre 8'
 Bourdon 8'
 Soubasse 16'
 Flûte 8'
 Gambe 8'
 Flûte 8'
 Bourdon 8'
 Flûte 4'
 Violoncelle 8'
Salicional 4'
 Glageolet 2' Prestant 4'
 Peestant 4'
 Sesquialtera 2rgs Ophicléide 16'
 Flûte à cheminée 4'
 Basson / Hautbois 8'
 Trompette 8'

 Nasard 2' 2/3

  I/P
 Doublette 2'  
 Cornet 5 rgs
  
 Fourniture 4 rgs
  
 Trompette 8'
  

 


Stiehr Organ of the Protestant church in Krautwiller, Alsace (2010)

The case was disassembled, cleaned and treated, the wind-chests restored, the console checked, the mechanics overhauled, the pipes measured and cleaned.

 

Wind supply, harmony and general tuning.

Photo from the site “découverte orgue”

 

  Photo by Jean-Paul Lerch.  Label: Sauer Organ Building Company, 1793.

Clavier 

54 notes

Pédale

13 notes

Bourdon 8' (B+D)
 Flûte 8'
 Flûte traversière 8'
 Flûte 4'
 Montre 4'
 
 Flûte à cheminée 4'
 
 Fourniture 3 rgs
 

 


 Servicing of the Silbermann Great Organ of the Church of Saint-Thomas in Strasbourg (2008-2009)

This is an organ built by Jean-André Silbermann in 1741 and rebuilt by Alfred Kern in 1979. Of all thirteen Silbermann organs in Strasbourg, Saint-Thomas’s is the one that has best stood the test of time.
Completed 08 February 1741, the organ of the church of Saint-Thomas ranked among Jean-André Silbermann’s greatest accomplishments. He showed it to Mozart in October 1778.
As it stands today, the organ is the exact same as in 1741 except for the echo, which was removed in 1836.
It became a landmark 24 September 1971.

39 stops, 3 keyboards and a 27- note pedal board

 

 1er clavier Positif2ème clavier Grand Orgue 3ème clavier Echo
Pédalier 27 notes
 Bourdon 8'
 Bourdon 16'
 Bourdon 8'
 Octavebasse 8'
 Prestant 4'
 Montre 8'
 Salicional 8'
 Quinte 5'1/3
 Flûte 4'
 Bourdon 8'
 Prestant 4'
 Prestant 4'

 Nasard 2' 2/3

 Prestant 4'
 Flûte 4'
 Bombarde 16'
 Doublette 2' Nazard 2' 2/3
 Doublette 2'
 Trompette 8'

 Tierce 1' 3/5

Fourniture 3 rgs

 Doublette 2'
 Larigot 1' 1/3
 Clairon 4'
 Cromorne 8'
 Tierce 1' 3/5
 Flageolet1' II/P
  Cornet 5 rgs
 Cornet 4 rgs (D)
 III/P
  Fourniture 4 rgs
 Cymbale 3 rgs (2/3')
 
  Cymbale 3 rgs
 Trompette 8'
 
  Trompette 8' (B+D) Tremblant 
  Clairon 4' (B+D)  
  Voix humaine 8'
  
  I/II (tiroir)
  
  III/I  

 


Restoration of the 1827-1830 Xavier Mockers Organ of the Church of Saint-Martin in Dachstein, Alsace (2006)

 

 16 stops, a 54-note keyboard (C to f ’’’) and a 15-note pedal-board (C to d).

This organ, which Xavier Stiehr built in 1827, is the first landmark instrument we have restored.
It is remarkably preserved as all of the mechanics, wind-chests and pipes are the originals. The front and the keyboard are the only new items. As with all Stiehr organs of that time, this is a somewhat rustic instrument with a pedal-board that is noisy by conception and a Full Registration that is not intended to be used as such or as bringing brilliance in the Plenum.
The keyboard was modeled on that of the Mockers Organ of Furdenheim, which is from the same year.

 

1 clavier

C à f'''

(54 notes) 

 Pédale

C à d

(15 notes)

 Montre 4'
 Bourdon 16'
 Bourdon 8'
 Flûte 8'
 Flûte 8 e à f''''
 Violoncelle 8'
 Salicional 8'
 Trompette 8'
 Gambe 8' c à f'''
 Tremblant doux
 Nasard 2/3
 
 Cornet 4 rgs
 
 Fourniture 4 rgs
 
 Cromorne basse C à h
 
 Trompette dessus c' à f'''
 

 


Restoration of the organ of Dombasle-sur-Meurthe in Meurthe et Moselle (2006)

We restored this organ in 2006. This is an organ made of very disparate elements: its core elements (console, wind-chest, case), mainly from around 1900, are from the Brisset manufacturing Company in Reims, and its varying pipes range from the 17th to the 20th century. Of note are the three reed stops of the Callinet Swell Organ that are originally from the organ of the Cathedral of Nevers, France. They were disassembled by Didier and installed in Dombasle. Those three reed stops are an 8¢ Bassoon oboe, an 8¢ Trumpet and a first octave Clarion. Flue pipes originating from the very same organ in Nevers were installed here and there in the various stops. In this example, we have restored an organ in the Cavaillé-Coll style putting in a new front, a new Harmonic Flute, a new Vox Humana, three octaves Clarion and a new Full Registration.

Jean-Marie Tricoteaux is responsible for the voicing of all the tin flue pipes.

One stop, two 56-note keyboards, one 27-note pedal-board.

1er clavier
2ème clavier
Pédalier
Montre 8'Gambe 8'Contrebasse 16
Prestant 4'Voix célesteBourdon 16'
Flûte harmonique 8'Cor de nuit 8'et (emprunt mécanique du G.O
Bourdon 16'Flûte 4' 
Bourdon 8'Flageolet 2' 
Plein jeu 3 rgs Basson-Hautbois 8' 
 Trompette 8'
 
 Clairon 4' 
 Voix humaine 8' 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coupler II/I, pedal coupler I&II. Appel and retrait des anches (reed ventil).  Tremolo swell organ.

 


The organ of the Church of Saint-Nabor in Nousseviller-Saint-Nabor, Lorraine (2006)


This organ ranks among the many beautiful instruments built by one of the most important organ building companies in the 20th century: the Rinckenbach Company. Started in 1914, this organ was not completed until 1919 due to the war. The very same company is responsible for the restitution of its original pipes, which had been requisitioned in 1917 by the German army, in 1919.
It is made up of twenty-three sets of true stops over two keyboards and a pedal-board. It never went through any notable changes.
This organ is worthy of the name; the tone quality of it is pure poetry.
Worthy of attention is its effective pneumatic system and the idiosyncratic lack of 16 Quintaton in the Swell Organ, even though in some places it is referenced as being there.


23 stops 2 keyboards (56-note Great Organ, 56-, 58-note Swell Organ) and a 30- note pedal-board.

 

Premier clavier
Deuxième clavier
Pédale
Montre 8 '
 Bourdon 8'
 Soubasse 16'
 Flûte à cheminée 8'
 Salicional 8'
 
 Prestant 4'
 Flûte à cheminée 4'
 Accouplement I/II
 Sesquialtera 2 rgs
 Flageolet 2'
 Tirasse P/I, P/II
 Plein jeu 3 rgs
 Basson 8'
 Tremblant doux
   
   

 


Roman organ of the Abbey of Royaumont in Val d’Oise, Ile-de-France (2005)


This is an organ that was built by Antoine Massoni according to the 11th century Treatise of Théophile.

This is a reproduction of a Pull-Handle Roman organ predating the invention of the keyboard.

Our work here involved restoring the instrument back to working conditions and fixing some items, which, with the passing of time, became defective. The pull-handles were replaced with lighter more stable wood, namely lime, and bound with leather to stop the leaks. Also, a curtain valve was added to the bellow and the voicing checked.

 


Albert Schweitzer Choir Organ of the Church of Saint-Thomas in Strasbourg (1999-2001)


Historical facts about the organ: This is an organ that was intended to accompany the sizable choir of the Church of Saint-Thomas. The distinguished Albert Schweitzer built it for the most part. He even took part in devising the harmony.
We consider this restoration one of the first to be attempted in the field of pneumatic organs, where the philosophy is to go back to the origins, re-constituting the symphonic registers and leaving out baroque elements.
Of note is the high quality of the pneumatic, which, in spite of its 55-foot long pipework, hardly results in any delay.
The tone colors are particularly subtle and lovely.

1er clavier  2ème clavier

Pédale

30 notes

 Bouron 16'
Geiguen Principal 8'
 Soubasse 16'
 Principale 8'
 Floete Amabile 8'
 
 Bourdon 8'
 Salicional 8'
 Accouplement II/I en 16', 8' et 4'
 Gambe 8'
 Voix céleste 8'
 Tirasses I et II en Tutti
 Octave 4'
 Trompette 8'
 Annulateurs
 Mixture Cornet
  


1905-1906: plans and construction, Dalstein and Haerpfer Organs.

1921: new zinc front pipes.

1928-1934: alterations by Georges Schwenkedel Organs.

1948: new front pipes by Schwenkedel Organs.

1962-1966: minor reworking first by Muhleisen Organs then Kern Organs.

1999-2001: restoration of the Albert Schweitzer Organ by Quentin Blumenroeder.


 

Stiehr Mockers Organ of the Church of Sainte-Afre in Riedisheim, Lorraine (2004)

The Stiehr Mockers Manufacturing Company built this organ in 1853. Now a landmark, it was proficiently restored by the Kern Company in 1979.

We performed an overhaul of this instrument in 2004. It has outstanding, polyvalent voicing. However, one can lament the presence of copper or zinc reed stops typical of the fifties, and a Full Registration of the same period in the Positive that clashes with the rest of the instrument.

All of the mechanics, the wind-chests and most of the pipework are the originals.

1er clavier 2ème ClavierPédalier
 Bourdon 8
Bourdon 16
 Principal 16
 Salicional 8
 Montre 8
 Soubasse 16
 Montre 4
Bourdon 8

 

29 stops, 2 keyboards (54-note Great Organ, 54-note Positive Organ) and one 34-note pedal-board.

Great/Positive Organs/coupler                       

Great Organ pedal coupler