Our Uniform Fee Schedule:
We truly believe in the concept of no surprises
in matters of billing for our services. To our knowledge, we are the
only Pipe Organ Maintenance firm in the United States that posts their
fee schedule in a public place for all to see.
• Through tunings are billed at the rate of $15 per rank.
• Touch up tunings are billed at the rate of $35 per hour.
• Travel to and from your church is billed at the rate of .37 per mile.
What’s the difference between a Stop and a Rank?
Many church organists use the terms Stop and Rank interchangeably whereas the two terms are quite different. The term “stop” is the mechanical device that operates a given set of pipes. The term “rank” refers to the set of pipes itself.
In a mechanical or “Tracker” action pipe organ determining
the number of ranks can be quite simple. Each stop tablet/drawknob
activates a corresponding set (or rank) of pipes. The name of the stop
is engraved on the stop tablet/drawknob followed by an Arabic numeral
such as 16', 8', 4', 2' or a fractional pitch such as 2.2/3', 1.3/5',
1.1/3' and so forth. If the name engraved on the stop
tablet/drawknob is Mixture, Scharf, Zimbel, Sesquailtera,
Rauschpfeife, etc. followed by a Roman numeral, this means that more
than one rank of pipes is brought into play when the given stop is
drawn— the actual number of ranks corresponds to the Roman
numeral. Therefore, if “Mixture IV” is engraved on a stop
tablet/drawknob in the Great division, this means that four independent
ranks of pipes are brought into play when the Mixture is drawn.
Enter electricity into the equation and everything can change. The
application of electricity to the action of a pipe organ brought with
it much abuse— this abuse has given electro-pneumatic action a
“black eye” in some quarters. The most serious objection is
wholesale unification of every rank of pipes in an organ to play at
multiple pitches on every keyboard and in the pedal division as well.
This is NEVER a sound practice and should be discouraged in any
situation. However, simple unification can lend flexibility to a small
organ and is justifiable.
As an example, it is typical to add an additional octave of pipes to
the low end of a typical Swell 8' Flute and wire the resulting rank to
play at both 16' and 8' in the Pedal and 8' only in the Swell. The
result is a soft 16' stop to “sit under” the Swell Strings
or to provide a soft foundation for mezzo choral and vocal accompaniments. Since
the bulk of the expense of any rank is in the lowest two octaves, this
provides a luxury that is now common place in modern organs at
a fraction of the cost of additional 16' and 8' Pedal stops. Although
there are new THREE stop tablets/drawknobs to operate the pipes, there
is still only ONE rank of pipes from which all three stops are drawn.