Reconditioning >> The Putnam Congregational Church, Putnam, CT
Hall organ, II/13, c: 1921
This organ’s installation had sections that were not accessible for service. Pipe fatigue, including mild damage, robbed the instrument of some complete dimensions of tone.
The chambers were stripped to the walls so the church could undertake the many structural repairs necessary to see these basic rooms transformed into genuine organ chambers.
Pipes, chests, wiring, shades and wind lines were totally reconditioned at the Foley-Baker shop. The work-scope included reinstating the original Spencer blower that had been side-lined years before by two rather noisy European units. The blower reconditioning was handled by the church.
The Austin console that was added in the 1970’s was modified to accommodate a slightly revised specification. Great emphasis was placed on creating the finest possible tone from the existing pipework. The church’s acoustics are crisp and the result is an articulate, modest sized instrument with tonal dimension that far exceeds its size.
Photos by Mark Manring.