Services We Offer
The Sale of Vintage Pipe Organs
Finding new homes for vintage pipe organs has been the core activity of the Organ Clearing House since its founding in 1961. Instruments become available when parishes merge, close, or purchase new instruments.
In order to offer an organ for sale we need photographs, specifications, and dimensions of the instrument. If you are not familiar with organs we can tell you how to gather this information. When we know something about the organ we can suggest an appropriate asking price and publish the organ for sale on our website.
Because of the large number of instruments available we do not accept every instrument as a new listing.
Purchase of Vintage Pipe Organs
When we are contacted by a church, school, or family that wishes to acquire an instrument we work to understand the role the organ will play in a buyer’s community, concert hall, or home. We ask about liturgical and artistic needs, architectural and acoustic considerations, and budget constraints.
There is more to placing a pipe organ than checking physical dimensions. We will work with you to choose an instrument appropriate for the acoustics, liturgy, and other activities of your church.
If another organbuilder is involved, we are happy to rely on the builder’s judgement as to which instrument would be appropriate for a given location and to work with them to find the ideal organ from the existing inventory.
We charge a Finder’s Fee of $2,000 or 10% of the purchase price, whichever is greater. This fee helps defer the cost of gathering information about an instrument and is paid by the purchaser unless otherwise negotiated in advance. Other costs such as travel to your building and onsite consultations are negotiated separately and are in addition to the Finder’s Fee.
When an organ is purchased, we are available to dismantle, repair or restore, ship and install the organ, or to deliver the instrument to a chosen organbuilder.
We are available to advise you regarding any issue relating to your pipe organ. We can assess the condition and location of your existing instrument, make recommendations concerning repair, expansion, or replacement. We can help you create a better environment for the long-term care of your instrument, assess its value for appropriate insurance coverage, and advise you regarding the possibility of large-scale repairs that may be necessary in the future.
We typically visit a building for two days during which we study the instrument and its physical surroundings and meet with people involved in the use and care of the organ. The visit would be followed by a written report. We can develop consultation programs to take you through the acquisition of an organ including committee education, creating Requests for Proposal, helping a committee assess and compare proposals, negotiation of an agreement, and inspection of a completed organ.
Consultation fees are based on a daily rate plus expenses.