Noack Organ Company Open House 

Georgetown, Massachusetts

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.

DSC03024.jpg (95599 bytes) DSC03025.jpg (100581 bytes)  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.  

DSC03026.jpg (98989 bytes) Norm, Leslie and my wife Terri (in the red check jacket)

DSC03027.jpg (261137 bytes)  A forest of Forstner bits

DSC03028.jpg (71988 bytes)  I don't know what the blocks are but the sure are beautifully crafted.

DSC03029.jpg (247397 bytes)   DSC03032.jpg (124604 bytes)   This is the main pipe structure.

DSC03035.jpg (265740 bytes)  This view from the "voicing" loft. DSC03036.jpg (113978 bytes)  Top of the small pipe housing

DSC03030.jpg (117339 bytes)  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.

DSC03031.jpg (176408 bytes)  There were several organists demonstrating the instrument during the open house

DSC03038.jpg (132935 bytes)   Main case wood work

DSC03039.jpg (156759 bytes)  This cluster of pipes are waiting their turn to be part of a great thing of beauty

DSC03040.jpg (114251 bytes)  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.

DSC03041.jpg (161173 bytes)  The pipes look crinkly because they are wrapped in a thin plastic sheet to protect them during handling.

DSC03042.jpg (228260 bytes)  DSC03043.jpg (123956 bytes)  DSC03044.jpg (84022 bytes)  DSC03045.jpg (118659 bytes) 

DSC03046.jpg (140023 bytes)  DSC03047.jpg (135080 bytes)  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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