The church’s original IV/51 Kilgen was removed in 1961. At only 34 years of age the move was no doubt because, at the time, the instrument was considered tonally outdated. Replacing it was Moller #9580, a IV/71 and a severely different sound, one that was very crisp and bright. Yet another contract with Moller in 1986 was no doubt intended to try and fatten up the 1961 tonal landscape. In the process, the chambers have become so crowded that service access is very difficult. Some repairs are compromised others are not carried out. In time, the instrument suffers from some poor servicing and water leakage over the Bombarde Division. By 2016 it’s decided that something must be done.
Tonally, the clock will be set back and the tonal spectrum re-cast to deliver a modern, bold, and brilliant all-American sound. Moller’s leather filled pitman chests will be replaced as possible with modern, greatly leather-free sliders. Far more space efficient, these chests will make for a more service friendly instrument.
Removal of the instrument will take place in 2018, and the project will be completed in late 2019.