Organ Tuning Explained

Whether an organ is used in a church or at home, it needs to be tuned for getting good quality sound. The first thing that you should keep in mind is that organs are quite expensive. With proper organ tuning and repairs, your organ can play for a very long time.

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In place of going for new one, you can repair or tune an old organ. In this way, you can also save a lot of money. The life expectancy and value of an organ depends on care and proper use. If you think that you will get an organ tuning only when you will need it, then this is the wrong way.

Periodic organ tuning can elongate the life of your organ. With time, wind pressure of the organ and the pitch go below the standard temperature and pitch. This is one of the beigest problems faced by organs. During organ tuning all the pipes are tuned to bring out the best tonal quality. As we know, the pipes are mainly, of two kinds the flue pipes and the reed pipes. The reed pipes do not change with the change in temperature. Here comes the need of organ tuning. There are many ways of tuning the reed pipe. It can be tuned by adjusting the length of the resonator or the metal flap. However, this can have an effect on the tonal parameter of the organ.

A lot of time is consumed in re-setting the temperament and the pitch of the organs. The process is very long and the length of the pipes is altered as well. If re-setting is done, then it will cost even more than normal organ tuning. This is because of the extra effort involved in re-pitching the organ. However, the positive side is that once you go through this kind of organ tuning, your organ will definitely survive some more years. There are many ways to keep your organ tuned. Among these, the best way is to control the humidity and temperature. Temperature affects the organs significantly. With the change in temperature, the air pressure also changes, so it is important to maintain proper temperature.

The first thing in organ tuning is to select a temperament. It is also important to stabilize the temperature of the room in which you keep your organ. The process of organ tuning begins with the ‘Tuning Stop’. Once this stop is tuned, the other stops are also tuned. Tuning knife is the tool or instrument, which is generally used in tuning organs. The construction of the organ whether it is pipe organ or Hammond organ influences the method of tuning as well.

Humidity is another important factor of organ tuning. Humidifiers are also utilized to keep the organ away from moisture or getting excessively dry. As an organ depends on air for its sound, it is affected tremendously by variation in atmosphere. Dust is also a great enemy of the organs. If duct accumulates in the organ, then it can severely affect the working of the organ. So while organ tuning it is important to get rid of any such problems. It is recommended to take the help of an expert for organ tuning because they can tune your organ with minimum possible disturbance to the original settings. After fine-tuning your organ will sound better and makes your symphony even more melodious.


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