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    ppp Pianississmo kgerhardt's Avatar
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    Rieger Renovation

    I own a Rieger 25 rank "DRP" organ. Two manuals and pedal, obviously tracker action. It was manufactured in 1954 and first installed in the auditorium of the Metropolitan Museum in of Art in NYC. It is now in our home in Colorado. I know that there are builders and refurbishers out there who have successfully rebuilt these fine instruments and I would like (assuming $$ not to high) to have this one also refurbished also so that I have a wonderful instrument to play for the balance of my life.

    For those unfamiliar with these instruments, they are probably the most compact 25 rank instruments ever built and have a small scale. Swell and Great are in an over/under configuration i in front of the keyboards with pull down action. The Pedal division is under and behind the bench.

    The organ is complete and playable but certainly needs some tender, loving care. Anyone who can help point me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated.

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    p Piano voet's Avatar
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    You have a real gem there. It is amazing how much organ Rieger fit into such a compact space. I don't know how many of these they built, but it must have been a considerable number because you do see them pop up used from time to time.

    Patrick J. Murphy in Stowe, Pennsylvania does a great deal of restoration work. He installed an older tracker in one of the churches I used to serve. He does quality work for a reasonable fee.

    Good luck to you.

    My home organ: Content M5800

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    pp Pianissimo Casavant Fan's Avatar
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    May I suggest these Illinois firms:

    Berghaus, Bellwood Il., near Chicago,

    J.L. Weiler, Chicago,

    Buzard, Champaign,

    AB Organ, Downers Grove.

    All have web sites with current projects and contact info.

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    mf Mezzo-Forte AllenAnalog's Avatar
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    Denver, Colorado

    Have you contacted any of the Denver organ shops? Long-time local firm Morel and Associates may have some suggestions.

    Main: Allen RMWTHEA.3 with Rocky Mount piano, Allen 423-C + Gyro cabinet, Britson Opus OEM38, Saville Series IV Opus 209, Steinway AR Duo-Art, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI, Moller Artiste organ roll player
    Lower Level: Hammond 9812H with roll player, Gulbransen Rialto, Roland E-200, Vintage Moog
    Shop: Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with 18 speakers, 4 matching Allen tone cabinets (including 2 Gyros, but don't call me Gyro Gearloose!).

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