As I built and tried a number of different hymn playing combinations, I found these ensembles to be very pleasing and workable with good leading qualities that were full and had depth but were not harsh. I look forward to hearing them function in the dedication services. The three reeds in the Swell division offer unique solo possibilities, as does the cornet décomposé in the Great division. All in all, I am confident that the organ will meet the needs of Lutheran liturgical services very well for many decades.
In addition, the visual impact of the organ façade fits the building well. The layout of the chamber was well planned, with components accessible for service and tuning. Everything looked very neat and orderly. I have been most pleased to work with Brian and the rest of the Berghaus staff. I look forward to having another opportunity to do so in the future. — Wayne L. Wagner, PhD — Professor, Coordinator of Organ Instruction — Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minnesota
Seven major American builders were originally consulted. After performing a recital on their instrument for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, in Chevy Chase, MD, I was convinced that Berghaus should be considered, especially after constraints of finances and space became the decisive factors.
The opportunity of meeting the majority of craftsmen who participated in this project at the workshop, and the pleasure of building a working relationship with them during the installation, have been great delights. Throughout my career, every memo I have saved based on involvement with organs and organ building and every wish included on my organ “bucket list” has been a consideration in consulting on this particular instrument. The realization of a majority of of the desires and demands it fulfills and the strict standards it represents are causes for immense celebration! — Peggy Kelley Reinburg, M.Mus. — Organ Consultant, Recitalist, Teacher, Historian and Church Musician
We found in Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders a company which, first, listened to our needs; second, worked within our parameters and restrictions both structural and financial; and, third, crafted a noble and grand pipe organ.
St. Benedict’s is now the proud new owner of a beautiful two manual and pedal electric slider and electro-pneumatic pipe organ. From the initial meeting to the final installation, Berghaus’ staff exhibited profound knowledge of their craft and performed this work in a very professional manner. We could not be happier!
Based on our experience working with their entire team, I can unreservedly recommend Berghaus Pipe Organ Builders for all your pipe organ needs.
As we met with the Berghaus organization to discuss the design of the instrument, we knew right away that we had chosen the best firm. We knew that for Berghaus, this was not just another job, but a way to help bring the assembly closer to God through music.
The installation of the organ was a complicated process that required the removal of the existing organ. This also gave Ascension Church the opportunity to remove, restore and reinstall our rose window. In addition, the electric system in the choir loft was upgraded, the heating system was repositioned, the maple floor was restored, and structural supports were added. Throughout this process, the Berghaus organization helped us coordinate all of the many trades people. It should also be said that installing a pipe organ in an active church presents its own set of challenges. Berghaus was willing to adjust their daily installation schedule without complaint. Installation began in August and the organ was played for the first time at Mass on Thanksgiving Day. Advent and Christmas were beautiful.
On January 6, 2005, a small fire was discovered in our usher’s room that caused significant smoke damage throughout the entire church. Berghaus sent in their team and coordinated the cleaning of the organ pipes with our insurance company. We would definitely recommend Berghaus Organ Company for your project!”
Our experience with Berghaus Organ resulted in a wonderful process and a magnificent instrument. The design of the organ was the product of hours of conversation. Their architect’s regards for the integrity of the building resulted in a design that is absolutely complimentary of the original design of the church interior. I am very happy to highly recommend them and strongly encourage you to consider their services.”
I have to say a HUGE THANK YOU for the St. Raphael event. The organ was simply stunning! Aaron David Miller was so pleased. All the convention attendees loved the instrument. It was absolutely perfect. The tuning was right in, the playing was outstanding, the music wonderful, and the organ and space really sang the praises of the wonderful Berghaus firm.
Everyone at Berghaus, you did an outstanding job! You should be so proud! I know I was. You built a magnificent instrument for this church and on behalf of this parish I say a huge thank you! As I close this chapter in my life and open another, I hope this will not be the end of our relationship. But even if it is, I want to say thank you for the outstanding commitment to quality, integrity and excellence in organ building that is the world-class Berghaus Organ Company.”
To all members of the Berghaus team, a special word of appreciation is extended. The organ meets our expectations. Permit me to cite a few individuals for their work. Abe’s work as layout designer / engineer was carried out most effectively. John and Kelly did outstanding work on the tonal side of the instrument. All members contributed to the completion of a fine instrument which the church truly treasures and which will serve for decades to come.”