Here I am on a ranch up in the hills above Palo Alto; that’s San Francisco Bay in the background. It was seventy today.
I’m here with my crew removing an organ we made in 1987 for a gentleman who built a concert hall as an addition to his house. He was a great guy, we had good times while working here, but he died a couple of years ago. His widow asked C. B. Fisk, Inc. to find a good home for the instrument, and we did. The three-manual, 45 stop organ, with 2,838 pipes, will be going to Indiana University, which has one of the finest organ departments in the country. But first we have to dismantle it completely, pack all 15 tons of it with great care into two 53 foot moving vans and then ship it to Bloomington. About a month’s work for six of us. Some time next year when IU finishes modifications to Alumni Hall, we’ll put it all back together again. (I have a great job.)
There’s more info about the organ and a portrait at http://www.cbfisk.com/do/DisplayInstrument/instId/91.