Console & Relay Upgrades >> Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Vassar College owns Gress Miles' magnum opus. The instrument is a IV/107. The magnificent case was built for the original Hutchings organ when the Chapel was erected in 1901. The organ incorporates all-electric actions and after 34 years the larger-than-life mechanical switching systems were intermittent at best; contacts were pitted to the point they were breaking off. In 2004 Foley-Baker was commissioned to upgrade the instrument with a Classic electronic relay system.

Vassar College Gress Miles Magnum Opus1. One of the original mechanical relays

Wiring Cables2. Brian DeBlois wiring in some of the new cables

Wiring Control Panel3. Phil Carpenter starting the wiring in one of the new chamber control panels

Wiring Control Panel3. Close up of the new chamber control panels

Chamber relay panel4. New Classic Relay panels in place

Chamber relay panel5. New Classic Relay panels in place

Chamber relay panel6. New Classic Relay panels in place

Vassar College owns Gress Miles' magnum opus7. Console back

Vassar College owns Gress Miles' Console8. Console front

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