Reuter Pipe Organ

From the Builder

The Reuter Organ Company is one of the nation's leading pipe organ builders.  Founded in 1917, the company employs a highly skilled and dedicated work force, constructing instruments in a state-of-the-art manufacturing and corporate complex in Lawrence, Kansas.  Reuter has now created more than 2240 pipe organs, with installations throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Taiwan and Korea.  With a heritage that spans over 95 years, our vision remains unchanged – to craft fine pipe organs with artistry and integrity.

Our long association with First United Methodist Church in Toccoa began back in 1956, when a contract for a new pipe organ was signed in February and installed the following year. After over 55 years of steadfast service, the instrument recently was showing signs of its age and a need for renovation. 

The entire organ was removed from the chambers.  The pipes and framing materials were stored on site and the reservoirs and wind chests returned to the factory for cleaning, rebuilding and new lacquer.  All leather parts were replaced, including precision hand fitting of over 1500 primary, stop action and pipe valves.  The organ was rewired, new tremolo units were installed and electric motors for the expression shades were replaced.  The Oboe and Trumpet pipes were rebuilt and revoiced.  Finally, the worn keyboards and vintage control system were replaced with a entirely new console and solid state operating system that can accommodate future additions.    

This project is gratifying on more than its artistic merits.  We have been honored to work with your congregation over the years.  We thank the committee members and staff at First United Methodist Church for making this installation a smooth, successful process.  In this partnership, we have developed a mutual understanding about what is important in the life of your church, and we appreciate the continuing opportunity to be a part of your music ministry for generations to come.

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