1981 Jaeckel Removed for “Improvement”

Cathedral’s Pipe Organ Getting Refurbished, Updated

Read this article by Clay Schuldt about the cleaning and rebuilding of Holy Trinity Cathedral’s Jaeckel organ from 1981. This is another one where I don’t understand the need to remove and work on such a recent installation. If you can help explain the situation, please leave a comment below. Nordlie has the contract and I’d love to hear about the condition of the organ as they found it. We have a Jaeckel here in the mountains of North Carolina.

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minnesota,  has started the process of restoring and upgrading its pipe organ. Cathedral liturgist Nathan Knutson said the organ pipes are being removed and shipped to Ohio to be fixed, polished and restored. The organ components will then be sent to JF Nordlie Co-Organ Builders in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Nordlie the rest of the project will be completed with work on the instrument’s keys, casings and console.

The Cathedral’s organ was originally built in 1981. At 34 years it is relatively young, Knutson said. However, the church has noticed issues with the instrument since the late 1980s. After the pipe organ is returned to the church, it will not only be back to working order but it will also be improved.

“We will be adding nine different sounds,” said Knutson. These additions will make Cathedral’s organ the second largest organ in New Ulm. Only an pipe organ at Martin Luther College is larger. The Cathedral’s organ will be returned to the church by the fall 2016. Until then, Cathedral musicians will use a smaller electric organ and pianos.

Despite the large pipe organ’s absence, Cathedral will continue to offer organ lessons during the summer months. Those interested in lessons should contact Knutson or the church.

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2 Responses to 1981 Jaeckel Removed for “Improvement”

  1. David Hufford says:

    Why place “improvements” in quotes like that? Do you know the company doing the work to be disreputable, or have reason to think the people behind the project at the church have a skewed agenda? I imagine they know the organ’s strengths and weaknesses after these 30-some years. That looks snarky and unkind, and hints that you’re trying to publicly stir up crap in a situation that is really only the church’s business. I’ve seen this tone elsewhere on your blogs. In another case, the comments were directed more brazenly in an unfounded and negative manner towards a project I was doing, and did generate further ignorant negativity as it rustled up more people who didn’t know what they were talking about. Is that your aim? There’s a Commandment about behaving in this manner towards others, and I think you owe me an apology.

    Because you mix your under-informed personal opinions with your business interests here, you have offended and lost me as a customer who used to purchase from you. You can go ahead and make yourself look bad, but please don’t attack your colleagues and customers.

  2. Steven Aycock says:

    http://database.organsociety.org/OrganDetails.php?OrganID=2606 Documented details of the organ’s failures are found here. “Updated through online information from Josh Sellner. — This pipe organ was removed by the J. F. Nordlie Co. of Sioux Falls, South Dakota in May of 2015. The instrument had been plagued with mechanical and structural problems since it was built, and the Cathedral parish decided to have a new instrument built by Nordlie using the pipework from the Jaeckel organ. (Database Manager. July 15, 2015)
    Updated through online information from John J. Miller. — In early 2014, the casework was showing signs of failure. There were stress cracks in the organ’s structural beams and many glue joints were splitting. The sagging of windchest supports caused frequent ciphers. In 2014, the decision was made to remove the Jaeckel organ and purchase a new instrument. 95% of the Jaeckel pipework would be used in the new instrument. JL Nordlie of Sioux Falls, SD was contracted for the removal of the Jaeckel organ and building of the new instrument. By June of 2015, the Jaeckel organ ” The organ was a mess.

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