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. 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

  3. Calliopes: The Traveling Organs

    Although you may not be familiar with its name, it’s very likely that you would recognize the iconic, poorly tuned whistle of the Calliope, especially when “Entrance of the Gladiators” by Julius Fucik is played on it. Commonly associated with circuses and steamboats, this musical instrument reached its peak during the steam era. That being said, once steam energy became a technology of the p…Read More

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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