by Steve Panizza
This is a photo of the first cabinet organ I built as an independent builder. A description of the organ is given here. The church where the instrument is located closed this past summer. As pipe organs become available due to church closings, they are often understandably repurposed into something new to fit the needs and space of their new owners using core material from the original instrument. This often results in a lower project cost. A new cabinet organ based on this instrument could find its way into another church, especially one with a contemporary music focus, or perhaps a small college recital venue or art gallery. An organ like this does not dominate, but rather contributes where most effective either alone or in combination with other instruments or voices.
The organ has a rich history that's produced an enormous evolution of different styles and technologies along the way. Arguments arise among different camps who believe strongly in one type of design interpretation over another. I think the best argument for my work lies here in a description of former work, and here in a description of recent accomplishment. Descriptions that I hope will help a potential client develop their own ideas, do better research, start some constructive dialog, and make an informed decision relevant to their needs.
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