Teh Organ is a LIE!!

Well, no, not really.  I really do intend to build an all-wood pipe organ.  The lie is that I’d solidified my stoplist.  My church organist said it looked good but lacked essential tones needed to play Baroque and French Classical pieces.  So I looked at some of the home organs that Fabry Organ Builders have built and came up with a new stoplist.  Note that this more than triples the size of the organ but nonetheless, all these stops can be made out of wood!!

Great Organ

  • Bourdon 16
  • Contra Principal 16
  • Gedeckt 8
  • Gedeckt 4
  • Octavin 2
  • Wald Flute 2
  • Principal 8
  • Spitz Principal 8
  • Octave 4
  • Spitz Octave 4
  • Twelfth 2 2/3
  • Nineteenth 1 1/3
  • Viola 4
  • Mixture III
  • Chimes
  • Tremulant
  • Swell to Great

Swell Organ

  • Rohr Flute 8
  • Gemshorn 4
  • Nacht Horn 4
  • Nazard 2 2/3
  • Block Flute 2
  • Flautino 2
  • Larigot 1 1/3
  • Geigen Principal 8
  • Geigen Octave 4
  • Salicional 8
  • Vox Cœlestis 8
  • Viola 4
  • Mixture IV

Pedal Organ

  • Contra Bourdon 32
  • Resultant 32
  • Bourdon 16
  • Principal 16
  • Lieblich Gedeckt 16
  • Lieblich Geschallt 8
  • Gemshorn 4
  • Lieblich Flute 4
  • Octave 8
  • Spitz Principal 8
  • Choral Bass 4
  • Violoncello 8
  • Swell to Pedal
  • Great to Pedal

Or, in easier to read table format:

PEDAL ORGAN
32'	Contra Principal	12 pipes
32'	Resultant		12 pipes
16'	Bourdon			great
16'	Principal		great
16'	Lieblich Gedeckt	32 pipes
8'	Lieblich Geschallt	12 pipes
4'	Gemshorn		swell
4'	Lieblich Flute		12 pipes
8'	Octave			great
8'	Spitz Principal		great
4'	Choral Bass		great
8'	Violoncello		32 pipes
Swell to Pedal
Great to Pedal

SWELL ORGAN
8'	Rohr Flute		61 pipes
4'	Gemshorn		61 pipes
4'	Nacht Horn		61 pipes
2 2/3'	Nazard			61 pipes
2'	Block Flute		11 pipes
2'	Flautino		60 pipes
1 1/3'	Larigot			56 pipes
8'	Geigen Principal	61 pipes
4'	Geigen Octave		12 pipes
8'	Salicional		61 pipes
8'	Vox Cœlestis		61 pipes
4'	Viola			61 pipes
IV	Mixture			180 pipes

GREAT ORGAN
16'	Bourdon			12 pipes
16'	Contra Principal	12 pipes
8'	Gedeckt			61 pipes
4'	Gedeckt			12 pipes
2'	Octavin			60 pipes
2'	Wald Flute		60 pipes
8'	Principal		61 pipes
8'	Spitz Principal		61 pipes
4'	Octave			12 pipes
4'	Spitz Octave		12 pipes
2 2/3'	Twelfth			61 pipes
1 1/3'	Nineteenth		56 pipes
4'	Viola			swell
III	Mixture			120 pipes
Chimes
Tremulant
Swell to Great
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  1. #1 by Joshua on November 13, 2011 - 9:54 AM

    The good news: Even if the number of pipes increases by a third, it doesn’t really increase the size of the pipe case that much. Also, the complexity in borrowing is reduced, even though more linkage is required with more stops.

    The bad news: The wind requirements of the full organ put me over the edge of blower motor power levels. I had been planning on getting the biggest 120VAC blower in the Laukhuff catalog. To satisfy the wind requirements of this expanded stoplist, I’d need a medium-sized 240VAC single-phase motor, a small 240VAC three-phase motor, or three of the large 120VAC single-phase motors. Each 120VAC single-phase motor costs $450. So adding pipes increases the overall cost significantly, if indirectly.

    • #2 by Chadwick on November 13, 2011 - 11:14 AM

      So what you’re saying is, this is a “someday” project with that cost structure?

      • #3 by Joshua on November 13, 2011 - 11:51 AM

        That’s the great thing – I don’t have to buy the blowers all at once AND I don’t need them until I’m ready to assemble the whole thing. In the mean time, I have two manual keyboards, a pedal board, windchests, stop action, drawknobs, a console, and 1,170 pipes to build! :3

      • #4 by Joshua on November 13, 2011 - 11:52 AM

        Also, for comparison, A 20-rank 2 manual organ (new) would be about $60,000 from Fabry. Used, about $15,000. Materials cost to build this one is still not estimated to exceed $7,000 (over the 7-10 year build period).

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