Saturday afternoon I visited CB Fisk for my third open house celebrating the completion of a new pipe organ – this time Opus 153 built for a United Methodist Church in Muscatine, Iowa. We had a tour of the design studio and the various workshops. The long sheet of tin-lead mix on a table was extruded from the adjacent furnace, and is waiting to be rolled into a pipe and inserted in the “missing tooth” location as the largest and center pipe in the front of the organ. The model was created first at 1/16th scale and used as guidance in design and construction. The small room with the blue tarps and electronics is inside the lower level of the organ.
All visitors were invited to try the keyboard, varying from a few notes to a professional short recital. And there is always good food and drink. My continuing congratulations to a Gloucester treasure that is proudly building organs and a reputation delivered around the globe.