Classic Organ Works has had a Facebook page for quite a while now, but nobody ever did much with it. A little while ago Raymond gave be admin access, so I can post news stories and pictures. I would like to invite everybody to like our page. I would really recommend this to all our builders and I can use Facebook for short news information you may need, such as the dates of our Christmas shut down, or if some part is no longer available and what you can use as substitutes. If you go look at the page, you will also find some stuff of general interest.
The following are my personal opinions and do not reflect the opinions of Classic Organ Works. Actually, if you asked Henry about it, he probably never gave it much thought, he sells the control systems, who plays the organ and how doesn't really matter. From a business perspective I would agree with that. You want a pipe organ? OK. From a personal perspective, as somebody who has grown up in a Christian church and spent some time looking at worship and it's roll within the church, I have a few other things to say.
The Maestro system will occasionally require internet access, for example, when we need to do updates to the system. Updates happen during installation, I think in all my years working for Classic I may have had only 5 jobs that didn't require some change during installation. Unfortunately getting internet access in some churches, either wifi or Ethernet cable isn't always easy. Tony in his brilliance has found a solution for you. We can use a Raspberry Pi-3 and your smart phone.
No matter how good a product is, or how carefully you treat it, sometimes something happens and hardware will need to be returned to us for repair, or for credit. Maybe there was a lighting strike, or somebody dropped a tool, or a chip failed after 10 hours of use, or, or, or. It happens, and it a part of doing business which needs to be addressed.
In the summer of 2014 we provided a Legacy Control System to Joel VanderZee for Basilica Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph Ontario. Joel chose to use grey boxes in the console and chamber. Click below to watch a very nice video about the restoration which he posted on YouTube.
Yes, it has been a while since I posted anything, and this is a little late. Life happens. The American Institute of Organbuilders annual convention for 2017 was held at the Hilton, in Fort Collins Colorado from October 1-4. It was a lightly attended even, which we were expecting given the location; conventions on the east coast are always better attended.
Unfortunately, the Pipe Driver Board (PDB-5A) which we have used successfully for over 20 years has become obsolete. Or rather, the driver chips on the board are obsolete; expensive and very difficult to obtain. Each chip is now $20, this will make service and repair of these older boards more difficult and expensive, you may find under certain conditions, it will make more sense to replace the PDB-5A with the new PDB-7.