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Opus 106 during construction, 2004.

Its design is one of the favorite tracker action organ of Martin Ott. Phytomorphic in architecture, Opus 106 was conceived essentially with computer aided design (CAD), the pipe facade incorporate a vine that grows into three branches.

Martin shows slider chest pallets with new leather during a restoration of Paul Ott instrument.

Fire Destroys Opus 34.

Fire can do great damage to an organ. The intense heat from the fire will destroy pipes. The wood case will burn. Sprinkler systems are also equally damaging. Adding water to the mix usually causes more damage to the organ than the fire. Some of the old casework was restorable and found new life in Opus 102. Some pipes were salvageable.

Restoration

Oct 15, 02:18 am

Rebuilding and Restoration:

Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company is also experienced in rebuilding. Existing pipework is used whenever possible. New technology is incorporated if it will extend the organ's life and require less maintenance. Only quality parts are used.

When approaching a historical restoration, we do not alter the organ to represent our style. Our knowledgeable staff is well qualified to restore historic organs. In our restorations, every effort is made to repair the existing parts. When a part is too badly damaged, a copy is made using the same type of materials as the original.

Every effort is made to follow the original builder's intentions thus preserving a piece of history for future generations. We do not alter the tonal design but will restore each stop to a tonally stable and in-tune condition.

In 2001, we restored the 1890 J.G. Pfeffer organ at the Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis, MO. This organ is one of the three largest surviving Pfeffer organs.

Nathanael Ritz

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Photo: Opus 106 console by Thorsten Ott ©

1890 Pfeffer organ restored in 2001. (Photo source: Shrine of St. Joseph)


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