1. St. Thomas Aquinas Hybrid Organ Installation Pt. 1

    Here at Whitesel Church Organs, we’re extremely excited to announce our 1,300th pipe organ contract! Today, we’ll be discussing this new pipe organ installation which is taking place in the St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The Client This client is especially exciting, considering the fact that their church is brand new. In fact, it’s so new that it’s still under c…Read More

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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