Pipe Organ Consulting offers all types of services, complete from providing advice to performing any work necessary to meet your needs. For instance, we can offer:
Again, the 'per man-hour' rate is $90, portal to portal,* i.e., $180 per, when two men are needed for tuning, repairs or more detailed surveys. Two associates may be required for on initial inspection visit, the cost of which would be in the range of $1,800, i.e., based on a 10 hour day @$180 per hour (including travel). However, only the actual hours used are invoiced. A printed survey ranges from $90 to $2,000, as determined by the amount of detail desired, e.g. from a simple letter to a detailed report, complete with color photographs and projected cost estimates. Please be aware that full reports are the most helpful to committees charged with overseeing rebuilding budgets, etc., because their detail can contain the 'why's' and 'wherefores' rationale needed to make important expenditure decisions. Here's more:
* Portal to portal - What it means and why there is a charge for travel. Portal to portal means from our location to yours and back: Yes, we do document the time and 'charge' for travel, 'to and from' our starting point to your work location. Why?
First, our associate technicians are all well-trained, highly skilled and experienced pipe organ service people and where the care of your valuable instrument is concerned, we do not use unskilled persons, trainees or 'Key-Holders,' on tuning/service calls, unless absolutely necessary and in such a case, the invoiced hourly-service-rate is reduced and clearly shown as such.
Second and importantly, our associate technicians are paid from the time they walk through the shop-door, until they leave for home, as would be the case for hourly workers in almost any industry. Hence, to pay them on a fair basis, we must charge for travel or raise the hourly rate to include that cost. It is perfectly understandable to hear a client express the desire to have 'someone closer-by' take care of their instrument in order to save on 'travel;' however, we believe that the multiple years experience of our service technicians and the quality of our service, far outweigh the savings gained by using a less expensive or closer service and we hope clients will study their options carefully before deciding just to follow the bottom line. Please call and confer with us, at No Charge. We'll be happy to discuss your situation with you, openly and without obligation. Please do not hesitate to call: 1-800-922-1662, ext. 20.
Next, we work with you to stay within tight budgets, (and when is anyone ever, NOT, on a tight budget?). If your church has budget limitations, we are happy to provide the precise services you desire within your time and/or funding limitations, when these are discussed and known prior to the service call. We have many clients who appreciate this way of working. Please bear in mind, however, that pipe organs should be SERVICED & TUNED, twice annually and that there is more to keeping your valuable instrument maintained than just 'tuning.'
How much does one need to budget and/or spend on annual maintenance and tuning? One to two percent of the organ's replacement value should be budgeted for a pipe organ's annual upkeep and another 2% set aside in a long-term fund for its eventual overhaul or replacement. However, most churches budget far less, i.e., 1/2% to as little as 1/4% or 1/8%, because they have the mistaken impression that organ only needs to be tuned annually. On the contrary, tuning without first checking mechanical things like wind pressures and making sure the chamber temperatures are the same as at the last tuning, only serve to place a pipe organ more out of tune than 'in.' This is especially true with low-pressure, open toe voicing as was used by G. Edgar Gress in the creation of his electric action pipe organs.
For churches throughout our Southern New England service area and especially in Connecticut, starting with number 4 provides the best, most efficient and cost effective way to get to know any given pipe organ, i.e., its in's and out's and its needs. However, we are happy to schedule consultation visit for you at any time of the year without service, to answer your questions and concerns in detail, as pipe organ upkeep and/or rebuilding can be a daunting undertaking, with many details open to opinion, especially when addressing tonal concerns.
We provide 'Free' - Pipe Organ Consulting ~ Educational Seminars on 'Pipe Organ Tuning, Maintenance & General Care'
For Leathering Work: Although pouch boards can be sent to supply houses for leathering and these establishments do excellent work, my associates and I opt to do these, 'in-house.' The answer to which alternative to use is determined by the time allotted to do the job, as well as the overall cost and it is just this type of detail, among many, that should be discussed and ironed out before a project begins.