St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Rochester, MI, Opus 23, 1998
The organ at St. Philip's started out life as a "Double Artiste" model from the M.P. Moller Company of Hagerstown, Maryland. This was a unit organ of six ranks, with three ranks in each of two eight-foot-square "speaker cabinets." In the 1970's it was enlarged by several ranks and installed in a chamber. The pipe additions of that rebuild were of good quality, but not scaled and voiced to maximize their potential. The main improvement was that the Principal chorus, the "backbone" of the organ, became a basically "straight" design-- no pipes in the chorus had to do double-duty.
Our main concerns as we moved the organ and re-installed it at St. Philip's were to re-scale and re-voice the existing pipework to get the most out of it. We also added a facade to the organ, with pipes of brushed and lacquered copper . The pipes on the left are from the bottom two octaves of the Great Principal, those on the right from the Pedal Principal. They and the new pipes from the Swell 16' Gedackt were custom-made by Organ Supply Industries of Erie, Pennsylvania.
Our work also included replacing the old electropneumatic switching with a solid state multiplex system. This system includes a multi-level combination action, and has provision for possible Midi functions such as digital voices and playback features. We replaced all old cotton-covered wire with vinyl-coated cable to meet current electrical codes. We built a new console for the organ, which is red oak with walnut trim.
Pipe organ projects are very labor-intensive. This one was no exception-- about 1350 hours were spent, not including the dismantling and moving. Several people were involved over the course of the work: James Bebo, racking, wiring and installation; Jeff Perry, console, racking; Thomas Schuster, dismantling, pipe racking; Anne Marie, Joel and Elizabeth Wigton, dismantling; David Wigton, voicing, installation, tuning. Richard Swanson of Grand Ledge, Michigan supervised the tonal finishing, and designed the handsome facade pipe display.
  8'      Principal            61 pipes  24 copper en façade
  8'      Bourdon              61 pipes  metal; revoiced from Gedackt
  8'      Gemshorn                       (Swell)
  4'      Octave               61 pipes  Revoiced
  4'      Bourdon              12 pipes  Unit
  2-2/3'  Twelfth              61 pipes  Revoiced
  2'      SuperOctave          61 pipes  Revoiced
  2'      Bourdon               7 pipes  Unit
  1-1/3'  Quint                          Unit
  IV      Fourniture(1-1/3)   244 pipes  Regulated
          Chimes               25 notes  New
  8'      Principal            56 pipes  10 Heavily Flamed Copper and 10 
 16'      Gedackt              12 pipes  New pipes and chest
  8'      Gedackt              61 pipes  Revoiced
  8'      Gemshorn             61 pipes  Regulated
  8'      Gemshorn Cel.        49 pipes  Regulated
  4'      Principal            61 pipes  Revoiced
  4'      Gedackt              12 pipes  Unit
  4'      Gemshorn             12 pipes  Unit
  2'      Gedackt              12 pipes  Unit
  2'      Gemshorn              7 pipes  Unit
  II      Sesquialtera        122 pipes  Revoiced
 16'      Trompette            61 pipes  Cleaned
  8'      Trompette            12 pipes  Unit
 32'      Resultant                      Acoustic
 16'      Bourdon              32 pipes  Revoiced
 16'      Gedackt                        (Swell)
  8'      Principal            32 pipes  24 copper en façade (new)
  8'      Bourdon              12 pipes  Unit
  8'      Gemshorn                       (Swell)
  4'      Octave                         (Great)
  4'      Bourdon                        (Swell)
  4'      Gemshorn                       (Swell)
 16'      Trompette                      (Swell)
  8'      Trompette                      (Swell)
  4'      Trompette                      (Swell)
Couplers:  S/G 8', S/S 4', S/P 8', S/P 4', G/P 8'
Totals:  14 stops, 18 ranks, 36 registers, 1126 pipes