Noack Organ Company Open House
5 January 2008
NEMES President Dick Boucher announced a the 3 January meeting that the organ builder down the street from his house would be hosting an open house on the 5th to show off their latest achievement before it was broken down for shipping to Lacrosse Wisconsin. The organ will be installed at the shire of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Lacrosse.
The organ, which is selling in the $850,000 range is a true work of art. The wood work is magnificent and the sound of the instrument is just outstanding. There are about five full time employees at the company and a number of outside vendors who supply various parts and pieces. Some of the fancy wood working is supplied by a company in Michigan which does the work with a CNC router. Dick Boucher manufactures parts in his basement shop so he is a part of this.
Some video clips will be coming soon as well as some photos from Norm Jones.
The gentleman on the left is the owner of Noack Organ and chatting with him are Henry Szostek, Norm Jones (wearing the hat) and Norm's wife Leslie.
Norm, Leslie and my wife Terri (in the red check jacket)
A forest of Forstner bits
I don't know what the blocks are but the sure are beautifully crafted.
This is the main pipe structure.
This view from the "voicing" loft. Top of the small pipe housing
As you enter the section of the building where the organ is assembled to the left is the picture above and to the right is the keyboard consol and the housing for the smaller pipes.
There were several organists demonstrating the instrument during the open house
Main case wood work
This cluster of pipes are waiting their turn to be part of a great thing of beauty
The is the blower that powers the organ. The air chest on the right acts a reservoir to supply air when the big pipes are booming.
The pipes look crinkly because they are wrapped in a thin plastic sheet to protect them during handling.
Left, steel rack for the odd bits that are not wood. Right, I thought these were mallets of varying sizes but when I picked one up I discovered that they are ladles for pouring hot metal.
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