1. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Custom Console Installation and Voicing

    The new Custom Viscount Organ Console with Physis Technology has been permanently installed in the sanctuary.  A special movable platform was created for use at concerts. The Viscount Organ also has an adjustable bench that's simple and easy to move.  We also made the side panel of the organ match the window pane design found in the pews throughout the sanctuary. The keys are Viscount's new and …Read More

  2. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Transept Speaker Install

    The transepts of St. John's provided us with an excellent opportunity to expand the soundscape of the organ out into the sanctuary.  Just behind the transept on the left side is the swell chamber, and on the right, what was once intended to be a pipe choir chamber.  When designing this system, we envisioned what the organ would have sounded like and what stops would be heard from each of the loc…Read More

  3. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Front Beam Speaker Install

    Here are pictures during and after the installation of the front beam speakers and Zimbelstern for the Cavaille-Coll inspired Custom Viscount Organ. While the back beam speakers will provide an antiphonal and trumpet en chamade, these front beam speakers will be our take on an Ethereal Organ without the actual division, and also play all the non-organ 'orchestral' voices. We caught some great sh…Read More

  4. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Rear Beam Antiphonal and Trumpette en Chamade

    As we begin this important and careful work, we let the following scripture guide us through the process... 'Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,'-Colossians 3:23 The rear beam will feature an antiphonal organ with a complement of flute and celeste's, along with a trumpette en chamade. Nowhere to go from here, but up! This Custom Austin / Viscount combination organ is c…Read More

  5. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Chamber Speaker Installation

    Once the speakers arrived, we began the installation in the chambers.  Each speaker front is removed from it's outer box encasement.  For the most secure and stable permanent placement of Walker Technical Company speakers, we first attach each speaker box, and then reinsert the speaker fronts.  This method gives optimum stability.  Below is that process taking shape... Each speaker serves a un…Read More

  6. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Chamber Space Construction

    Before we can install the Walker Technical Speaker Cabinets, we had to construct additional chamber space.  Currently, the entire Austin Pipe Organ is located on the left side of the church.  Our intention is to vastly increase the soundscape of the organ.  This will require sound to come from the right side of the sanctuary as well.  We are also improving the range of the new organ by increas…Read More

  7. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Delivery of Walker Technical Speaker Cabinets

    The entire order of custom Walker Technical Speaker Cabinets was delivered to the church.  These speakers, and the specific way they will be wired and positioned, are the secret ingredient behind Viscount’s Physis Technology.  In conjunction with the Physis Technology Platform, these speakers will create an incredible amount of movement throughout the sanctuary.  When the new organ is played,…Read More

  8. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Acoustical Cloth Replacement

    The first step in the installation of this Viscount and Austin Organ Hybrid is updating the acoustical cloth located behind the beautiful plaster filigree panels of the chambers.  The current cloth material is a heavy drape, and not the best type of material to transmit sound.  Here is the before... As you can see, the fabric was worn, and certainly dated.  It served the church well for many ye…Read More

  9. Pipe Repair Underway on St. John’s Church Austin Organ Pipes

    While the organ overall is in excellent condition due to regular maintenance and previous repairs, some of the pipes of this organ needed some work to get it back to 100%.  Our dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced staff have begun the process of bringing some of the ranks of pipes back to their original condition.  Here is a rank of Bourdon Pipes we have since refelted... As you can see, th…Read More

  10. Largest Viscount Organ in North America to be Installed this Summer

    The largest Viscount Organ in North America will be installed at St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, VA. The organ will include a completed restoration of their Austin Pipe Organ, to also become Viscount's largest hybrid organ. We are honored to announce that this summer we will be installing the largest organ in the 67 year, three generation history of our firm at St. John's Episcopal Chur…Read More