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    Taking Care Of Your Pipe Organ In 2020

    Hello, and welcome back to the Whitesel Church Organs blog page. Today, we’re going to discuss something extremely important to the beginning of this new decade — taking care of your pipe organ. Keep reading for some helpful information! Plan Your Routine Maintenance While pipe organs are incredible, durable instruments, they need to be regularly maintained via tuning and inspection to ensure …Read More

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    One Of Our Most Exciting And Least Know Services

    Thanks for spending some of your time with Whitesel Church Organs, and thanks for coming back to our blog! If you’re a new reader, we keep it simple here by discussing the pipe organ in general, the pipe organ services that we offer, as well as our company and interesting information about it. In today’s blog, we’re going to bring it back to basics by discussing one of the services we offer …Read More

  3. 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

  4. The Revolutionary Organ Builder: Aristide Cavaille-Coll

    Today, we’re focusing our blog on an organ builder who was integral to the development of pipe organs and pipe organ music as we know it today. Aristide Cavaille-Coll has been dubbed as the creator of the symphonic organ, and influenced the music of many incredible pipe organ composers, such as César Franck and Charles-Marie Widor. Destined to Design Cavaille-Coll was born in Montpellier, Franc…Read More

  5. Calliopes: The Traveling Organs

    The (Brief) History of the Calliope Around 1855, a man named Joshua C. Stoddard first patented the calliope with the hope that it would soon replace church bells. Much to his dismay, the calliope’s first audience was appalled by the off-tune music it created.  At this point, it is rumored that Stoddard gave the calliope to his brother who captained a steam boat. Due to the readily available ste…Read More

  6. Whitesel Church Organs installs Viscount Organ in Madison, Virginia

    Congratulations to Mt. Nebo Lutheran Church on the purchase of their new Viscount Organ with Physis® Technology! Whitesel Church Organs has replaced an Aging Organ that Mt. Nebo purchased from us many years ago. We are so happy to provide them, AGAIN, with the NEW standard of state-of-the-art technology with Viscount. Their quaint sanctuary has been outfitted with a Viscount SONUS 245 powered by…Read More

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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