When we arrange the sale or transfer of a pipe organ, we receive a Finder’s Fee from the buyer or recipient. The fee is $2500 or 10% of the actual sale price. The fee applies whenever you learn about the availability of an organ through this website. We realize that the availability of some organs is passed by word of mouth, or publicized elsewhere, and we rely on the tradition of the “honor box” regarding our fee.
Prices published with each available organ are for the organ, “as is, and where is.”
There are significant additional costs for dismantling, renovation, and relocation. These costs vary greatly depending on the size and condition of an organ, and whether an instrument needs to be reconfigured for its new home.
We can provide quotations on request for any instrument published on our website. Potential purchasers should be aware that “turn-key” prices for most organs are always in the hundreds of thousands. A full-sized organ, perhaps three manuals and fifty stops, will cost between $500,000 and $1,000,000.
The cost of relocating, refurbishing, restoring, renovating a vintage organ is typically 2/3 or 3/4 that of commissioning a new organ.
Residence organs, to fit under ten-foot ceilings, typically cost up to $50,000, “soup to nuts.”
The Organ Clearing House does not offer or encourage “fire sale” prices. We live in the age of the $100,000 piano and the $1,000,000 pipe organ.