{"title": "August '18 Miller-Scott Organ Gallery","images":[{"caption":"The nearly-finished major pipe shades depicting the four gospels for the Miller-Scott Organ. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/gospel_shades.jpg"},{"caption":"Voicer John Streufert is shown here in the Dobson workshop. In pipes known as “Haskell” construction, a tube is placed within a pipe, which convinces the pipe to speak at a much lower pitch than its actual length. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/1._.jpg"},{"caption":"The same operation, seen at the other end. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/2._2.jpg"},{"caption":"The lovely carved acorns ready to be added onto the organ case. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/3._.jpg"},{"caption":"Some pieces require a dozen hands for safe removal, including this base platform for the console. In addition to having a height-adjustable bench, the entire pedalboard and its components are also height adjustable. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/4._.jpg"},{"caption":"The crew is here unloading one of the South case’s tall wooden posts … ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/5._.jpg"},{"caption":"… and walks it up the Fifth Avenue steps … ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/6._.jpg"},{"caption":"… using specialized slings to make the lifting easier and safer. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/7._.jpg"},{"caption":"Those same vertical members, now resting atop the pews awaiting installation. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/8._.jpg"},{"caption":"… and more … ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/9._.jpg"},{"caption":"As with the dismantling of the Arents organ, the new Miller-Scott takes up a lot of floor space when disassembled. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/11._.jpg"},{"caption":"Andrew McKeon, a one-time Choir School employee and part-time organ technician, has been assisting with unloading and installation. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/12._.jpg"},{"caption":"During the installation, 53-foot trailers arrived at Saint Thomas approximately every two weeks. Unfortunately, on the third such shipment, an automobile struck the tractor trailer. As a result, a few items were damaged, including this pipe. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/13._.jpg"},{"caption":"And this one. Fortunately, such minor damage is easily repaired. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/14._.jpg"},{"caption":"Side by side are the 1956 bottom assemblies for the 32ft Contre Bombarde (rear, pine, orange shellac) and the 2017 bottom assemblies for the 32ft Contra Trombone (front, poplar, lacquer). ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/15._.jpg"},{"caption":"The men from Philadelphia-based Sapsis Riggers Inc. have been fantastically helpful. Here they are assisting the Dobson crew in the hoisting of trays of pipes. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/16._.jpg"},{"caption":"A complex array of scaffolding is necessary to hoist large pipes and mechanisms up into the organ lofts. The scaffold also needs to accommodate the steps between the choir and sanctuary. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/17._.jpg"},{"caption":"A complex array of scaffolding is necessary to hoist large pipes and mechanisms up into the organ lofts. The scaffold also needs to accommodate the steps between the choir and sanctuary. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/18._.jpg"},{"caption":"Here, we see that the Choir shutter front has been installed, prior to the installation of the major new South case elements. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/19._.jpg"},{"caption":"These pieces will form the South case’s impost, that all-important horizontal element demarcating the lower case from the upper. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/19._1.jpg"},{"caption":"Every piece, regardless of sturdiness or delicacy, is fully protected for the hoisting process. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/20._.jpg"},{"caption":"When the Church fills up like this, one begins to understand why deliveries are staggered. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/21._.jpg"},{"caption":"The center of the impost is now ready to be hoisted up. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/22._.jpg"},{"caption":"It begins the journey. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/23._.jpg"},{"caption":"The polished tin facade pipes receive kid-glove treatment. Each is wrapped in a protective blue film, to prevent scratches, and shipped in thick foam cradles. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/24._.jpg"},{"caption":"Once unloaded, they are placed in the pews, whose cushions provide a soft resting places while the pipes await installation. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/25._.jpg"},{"caption":"Part of the Chantry Chapel has been made over into a de facto organ workshop. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/26._.jpg"},{"caption":"The northeast chamber has always housed the Swell division, and does so in the Miller-Scott organ. On this windchest, at the rear of the chamber, will sit the bass pipes for the 32ft Double Trombone and 16 Double Trumpet. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/27._.jpg"},{"caption":"The same view but lower; underneath one finds a maze of bellows, ducts and wiring partway through installation. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/28._.jpg"},{"caption":"Finally, the 32ft Double Trombone is installed in the Swell. The resonators are of Haskell construction, with the outer cylinder creating the rest of the pipe’s speaking length. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/29._.jpg"},{"caption":"Moving one chamber to the west (in the direction of the reredos), we reach the north Pedal. Looking up, one sees the bellows and windchest assembly for the Tuba Mirabilis, speaking on 25” wind pressure at triforium level. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/30._.jpg"},{"caption":"A different view in that same chamber shows some of the 32ft Bourdon pipes in place. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/31._.jpg"},{"caption":"Also in the north Pedal, the original 16 Bombarde pipes (from the 1956 Aeolian-Skinner, themselves remade out of a 1928 Skinner set) are here reconditioned and set upon a new windchest. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/32._.jpg"},{"caption":"On the opposite side of the chancel is the Solo division. The narrow windchest against the rear wall (at left) will carry the Solo Trompette and Clairon, as well as the French Horn. The windchest on the right accommodates most of the remaining pipes. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/33._.jpg"},{"caption":"The same view, but now looking rightward toward the shutter front. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/34._.jpg"},{"caption":"The French Horn pipes have been installed, with plastic bags on top to keep dirt out while installation continues. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/35._.jpg"},{"caption":"Turning around, we see more pipes now installed in the Solo, including the slender Violes d'orchestre (metal) and the Flauto Mirabilis (wood). ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/36._.jpg"},{"caption":"Voicers John Streufert and Ben Hoskins are installing Choir pipes. The wood ones against the stone wall form part of the 16ft Quintaton; its canister-topped metal portion is the first stop on the main windchest, snug behind the tapered Flute Celeste. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/37._.jpg"},{"caption":"The larger pipes are tied to a rack at the top, for security. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/38._.jpg"},{"caption":"Reed pipes, which are typically larger in diameter at the top than at the bottom, require specialized supports so that they do not fall over. Here we see wooden upper boards fitted with felted holes that will carefully hold some of the longer reed pipes. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/39._.jpg"},{"caption":"Another view of Swell reed pipe supports. These are for the Trompette and Hautbois. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/40._.jpg"},{"caption":"The various elements of the electronic control systems. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/40._1.jpg"},{"caption":"One of the massive steel I-beams that supports the new, south organ case passes directly through the Choir shutter frame. ","src":"https://www.saintthomaschurch.org/uploads/photos/41._.jpg"}]}