The work that Wes has performed is truly remarkable. Although the organ was functional when it was acquired, his work has restored its brightness and clarity to how we believe it sounded when it was new over 125 years ago. His skill has prepared the organ for use during the chapel car's next 100 years!
Here is a brief description of some of the work Wes and Brian performed:
- Dismantle and blow out accumulated dust.
- Clean reeds (gentle brass brush) replacing one previously ruined.
- Remove and clean all pallets – no insect damage noted.
- Repair several wood/felt rod bearings.
- Redo cloth hinges on front wood swell and back swell (two inner and two outer)
- Rebuild Vox Humana – removing old cardboard from grooves in center stick and glue in new cardboard.
- Replace broken drawknob end and replace action rod wood yoke.
- New spring wire felt pads and two new spring wires.
- Repair damage to two white key tops (hole carved into two adjacent keys).
- Clean and remove old cloth from pump feeders and main bellows. Redo with new rubber cloth.
- Redo flapper valves and main gasket. (This consumed half the labor!)
- Rework under keyboard front middle panels for correct alignment and removal.
- Tune reeds that are out of tune with majority pitch (about 12).
- Test drive organ to discover any problems (usual couple of reeds sucking in dust and going silent; one reed slow to speak; otherwise working fine).
Thank you Wes Spore and Brian Tate!