With regular maintenance, a well built pipe organ can give good service for more than 100 years, handsomely repaying its original investment. Instruments in numerous churches, colleges and public halls in Great Britain bear witness to the foresight and craftsmanship of 19th century organ builders.
Even the finest instruments eventually succumb to wear and tear, however, and require more than routine remedial work. At Škrabl, we pride ourselves on our ability to give such organs not simply a fresh lease of life but many more years of reliable service.
We have the specialist skills and facilities to remake soundboards, to restore reservoirs and leatherwork, to clean and renovate pipes and to refurbish consoles. We are also expert in the conservation of historic instruments.
A recent example of our work may be seen and heard in St Joseph's Church, Bradford, West Yorkshire, where a late 19th century organ by Hopkins and Son of York was restored. It is widely regarded as the finest organ in the city centre, benefiting from mechanical key action and a fine case from an earlier Anneessens instrument.
Five of our organ builders travelled to Bradford to install the renovated instrument – fondly known to parishioners as 'Cecilia' – and the official hand-over was made at the end of a Jubilee Mass by our managing director, Anton Škrabl.
The church newsletter reported: "Škrabl had painstakingly renovated every pipe and mechanical action of our renowned Hopkins organ. Cecilia sang that evening like she had never sung before to the delight of all those present."
The restoration of an organ can be done conservatively, to retain its original character using authentic techniques and materials, or it may offer the opportunity for an enlargement or reduction in size, and the provision of modern playing aids.
Whatever your requirements, you may be sure that your restoration project will be carried out to the highest professional standards and at a competitive price.Contact us about our organ restorations
Organs restored by Skrabl in St William's, Bradford, and St Joseph’s, Bradford.