FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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HOW DO I SELECT AN ORGAN?

 

The company you select to provide your new instrument is as important as the builder of the instrument. To learn what to  look for in the process, request our free guidelines.  With any Rodgers instrument, you can be assured a quality instrument at a fair and honest price.

 

HOW DOES MY CHURCH BUDGET FOR A NEW ORGAN?

 

The time to set a budget figure for your new church organ is after the organ committee decides what will best suit your congregation's present and future musical needs. As you consider future needs, it is good to remember that whatever you choose at this time must meet the musical and worship requirements of the congregation fifty to sixty years from now.  Over the years we have found that those churches who start with a budget figure then find an organ to fit run the risk of being very disappointed.

 

We often work with churches whose needs exceed their beginning budget. We have years of fund-raising experience, and we have materials available to help your financial goals. We can also put you in touch with other churches that have met the budget challenge, most of which have purchased their organ before raising funds to pay for the balance. Most churches and institutions find that this helps their fundraising capabilities once people see the excitement, and hear the sound, a new organ makes.

 

Another way to get what you need is to wait until fundraising is complete. Our experienced technicians can help you keep your current organ working as you raise the money to pay for a new one.

 

HOW DO WE FORM AN ORGAN COMMITTEE?

 

We have seen many church organ committees over the past four decades, and we've learned a few things along the way. We have seen committees work smoothly, and others have a pretty tough time, which is why we put together a few guidelines you might want to consider when putting together your organ committee. Some of these suggestions may sound too obvious to be stated, but we can assure you that our suggestions do not come without adequate experience! Our hope is that these will help make your selection process run more smoothly.

 

Have enough members, but not too many. We have found the most successful committees have no more than seven people. This allows for enough voices to be heard, while affording the ability for a consensus to be reached in an adequate amount of time.

 

Members should know something about music. While we realize that this is not always possible, we have found that this quality helps greatly in the process. While the members do not need to be musicians, it is best if they are knowledgeable about church music and appreciate the impact music has on the worship experience.

The church organist should be included. Again, this sounds obvious, but it is usually best to include the organist. The organist has a unique appreciation of the subtleties in different organs that might go unnoticed by others. Also, during the evaluation process, the organist should have a chance to play the instrument. 

 

Committee members should be aware of the time commitment needed for the process. It will most likely take considerable time to make the best possible choice of a new church organ, committee members must spend time with the organs, listening to them, playing them, and comparing them. If potential committee members are unable to commit the time necessary to the process, it is probably best to consider other individuals. 

Include a member who can represent the church's finances. The church treasurer or the financial secretary is a solid candidate for this position. This individual is key because he/she would most likely also serve as a key participant in the fundraising effort. Plus, knowing the church's income and /or the business operations is an important contribution to the entire committee as individuals weigh options.

 

Listen to the instruments. Obviously, the best way to evaluate any musical instrument is to listen to it. Once you've narrowed your choice to two or three different organ companies, be sure to listen intently to each instrument before you choose. It is common for a committee to spend two or three hours with each organ, or an organ comparable to the one they are considering purchasing.

 

PIPE, DIGITAL, OR COMBINATION ORGAN?

 

Pipe Organs - In a perfect world without space or budget restrictions, every organist would praise God on a pipe organ. By moving air through pipes these organs By moving air through pipes, these organs produce a rich, full sound that supports a variety of worship styles. Because each pipe represents a single note, pipe sizes ranges from pencil thin to thirty-two feet tall. If your church has the necessary space and the financial mean to install a pipe organ-one with sufficient versatility to handle all your service's musical requirements-we would highly recommend it.

 

Digital Organs - A digital organ is generally far less expensive than a pipe organ, and is an excellent alternative for supporting congregational worship. Rodgers Instruments uses state of the art digital technology and cutting edge remarkable life-like sound and unequalled versatility. We are committed to using technology to enhance and improve our instruments, and not to compromise sound quality.

 

Combination Organs - Many churches today opt for a combination of digital and pipe organ when selecting a new organ. The combination can range from mostly digital with as few as two ranks of pipes, or largely pipe with added digital ranks. Both are designed to save space and money compared to a full pipe organ. Properly installed, a combination organ will sound remarkably like a full pipe organ. If your church enjoys the majestic look of pipes in your sanctuary, a combination organ can provide this look without the cost of a full set.

 

Rodgers Instruments is the leading builder of pipe/digital combination organs. To date, the company has prodouced more than four thousand combination organs world-wide. More than all other church organ builders combined.

 

WHAT IS THE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF RODGERS INSTRUMENTS?

 

With the purchase of a new Rodgers Organ, you should expect at least forty to sixty year life span, hopefully more. Currently, we are still servicing some of the old tube organs of the 1940's and 1950's, which are still reparable. Therefore, with the new solid state/digital equipment, life expectancy can be estimated much longer than previous manufacturing and technologies.

 

WHAT SERVICES COME WITH THE INSTRUMENT PURCHASE?

 

Rodgers Organs of St. Louis Rodgers has factory certified offer in-house service technicians for both pipe and digital organ repair. In addition, we provide service contracts to our clients, which offers them both piece of mind and the ability to budget a fixed amount yearly for all service needs.

 

WHAT ABOUT RENOVATIONS?

 

Can you care for any needed renovations in order to install a new instrument?  Yes. Many of our clients have needed major renovations to their chancel or organ chambers. We can either provide the expertise and do the work, or provide your church with necessary documentation for outside assistance.With any Rodgers instrument, you can be assured a quality instrument at a fair and honest price.

 

DO YOU OFFER ANY EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHURCH MUSICIANS?

 

Yes.  From time to time we provide workshops and seminars for church organists, pianists, and worship leaders. We provide everything from MIDI workshops and "organists only" seminars to workshops for church music ministry leaders and institutional professors.

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