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Andover Organ Company :: Pipe Organ Tuning and Maintenance Servicess

Tuning and Maintenance

With regular tuning and maintenance a pipe organ will sound its best and give reliable service for many decades. Each year we maintain over 300 organs throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast — from northern Maine to South Carolina, from western New York to the islands off eastern Massachusetts.

These instruments range in size from small one-manual organs in country churches to the world-famous 4 manual, 116 rank Great Organ in the Methuen Memorial Music Hall; and range in age from a few years to an historic 1762 Snetzler organ. Our technicians are skilled in servicing all types of organ mechanisms — from traditional tracker action to modern solid-state relays and combination actions.

Each spring and fall, we schedule extended maintenance tours to visit multiple instruments in a particular geographical area. This enables our customers to share travel expenses, at a considerable savings over the cost of an individual trip for a single instrument. We are usually also available on short notice for last-minute emergencies.

Additional Services
With many decades of collective experience, our staff is skilled in solving a wide variety of pipe organ issues. In addition to building, rebuilding and restoration — as well as expert tuning and maintenance — we offer the following services:

  • Emergency tuning and repairs.
  • Re-leathering of historic or modern reservoirs.
  • Repair and repacking of wood pipe stoppers.
  • Repair and replacement of metal pipe tuning scrolls and sleeves.
  • Repair and reinforcement of leaning or collapsing pipes.
  • Repair of dented, bent or crushed pipes.
  • Repainting and redecoration of pipe facades.
  • Re-regulating or re-voicing of existing ranks of pipes.
  • Electrical upgrades of console relays and combination actions.
  • Repair or replacement of organ blower motors.
  • Organ protection and wrapping for construction projects.
  • Organ appraisals for insurance coverage.
  • Organ examinations and condition reports for long-range planning or damage claims.
  • Consultations on organ projects done by others.

Please contact us for more information regarding your specific issues and needs.

Latest New Organ
Opus 118, First Parish Church
Wayland, Massachusetts


Latest Rebuild
Opus R55D, St. Paul's Episcopal
Nantucket, Massachusetts


Latest Restoration
Opus R490, St. Anna's Chapel
Newburyport, Massachusetts


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Peter Sykes Recital
Stowe, Vermont
Wednesday, May 31, at Noon
The Stowe Community Church, 137 Main St., Stowe, VT presents distinguished organist Peter Sykes in recital on the church's 1864 Simmons organ, which we rebuilt in 2003 as our Opus R-372.
Andover Opus 73 For Sale
 Andover Opus 73 is for sale, due to a church closing. The instrument has 2 manuals, 21 stops, 29 ranks. CLICK HERE for details.
AOC 2016 NEWSLETTER
Now Posted Online
January 01, 2017
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2016 Newsletter.
Round Lake Organ
is designated a
National Historic Landmark
On January 11, 2017 the 3 manual 1847 Davis & Ferris Organ in the Round Lake (NY) Auditorium was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. It is the first pipe organ to receive this designation. Andover has maintained the organ since the 1960s.
1906 Jesse Woodberry
Organ Restoration
Lowell, Massachusetts
Andover has been contracted to restore the 1906 Jesse Woodberry organ at St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell, MA. With 3 manuals and 56 ranks, it is the largest organ built by Woodberry, and the largest surviving pipe organ in the City of Lowell. The instrument has been unplayable for nearly a decade. The project will be done in three stages (Console & Choir; Swell; Great & Pedal) over three years, starting this spring, with completion by early 2020.
Opus R-500 Featured in
October 2015 TAO Magazine
Opus R-500, at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, is the cover feature article in the October 2015 issue of The American Organist, the national magazine of the American Guild of Organists. CLICK HERE to see the cover picture.  CLICK HERE to read the article about the rebuilding of the organ.
AOC 2015 NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2015 Newsletter.
Opus R-205B
Reinstallation Video
In 2013 we restored the 1895 (II/9) Hutchings organ at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA. A church member made a stop-action video of Jonathan Ross and Andrew Hagberg reinstalling the pipework. Click here to see the video.
Two Large Organs For Sale
Two large, very fine two-manual organs are now for sale: an 1859 E. & G. G. Hook, Opus 244, with 25 stops (30 ranks); and an 1874 Johnson & Son, Opus 440, with 23 stops (28 ranks).  Both instruments date from the golden age of their respective builders.  Further details are available in our Organs For Sale section.
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