LIMA — Since 1930, the Lima Pipe Organ Co. Inc. has helped bring church services alive through music that uplifts the soul, according to Tom Densel, Lima Pipe Organ Co. employee.
The successor to the Page Organ Co. not only builds organs but also conducts solid state electronic upgrades, maintenance and tuning, cleaning and facade finishings. A pipe organ can take anywhere from a year to three years to build depending on the size and ranks.
“There’s nothing more gratifying than taking a pile of lumber and making a musical instrument out of it,” said Densel. “I enjoy working with churches from the basic concept that we need an organ to a finished piece of artwork.”
The company devotes most of its time rebuilding and updating the musical instruments. It maintains a total of 150 organs in churches such as St. Luke Lutheran Church, St. John Catholic Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church and many others in Ohio, half of Indiana and lower Michigan.
“It’s not just a machine that has been slapped together in a factory and sent out,” said Densel. “It is a work of art. Churches that realize and appreciate that keep them well maintained and do everything they can to maintain them.”
Churches across the United States have substituted the organ with other instruments, causing the industry to decline.
Despite the decline in pipe organs, Lima Pipe Organ Co. Inc. has been able to survive because of the switch from mechanical to electrical parts.
Also through the musical instrumental digital interface, an organ can connect to an electric keyboard and piano. While connected, the player can control the organ from the keyboard and the sound of the keyboard from the organ.
Another reason the company has continued to thrive over the years is because of the maintenance issues that occur from fires and roof leaks that may damage the instrument.
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