Peter Spencer Ltd

Church Organ Builders

The Pipe Organ is the King of Instruments
Cleaning & Overhaul

During a full cleaning and overhaul, every thing is dismantled and cleaned. This is a very thorough job where the organ is returned to pristine condition throughout.  

The following work is carried out to return the organ to good working order. This is a general schedule as although organs follow four main patterns of action, (tracker, pneumatic, electro pneumatic and electric) every organ is slightly different and must be treated as individual.  


The organ will be dismantled as required to gain access to the key and stop actions; interior pipes being removed to ground level. The organ will be thoroughly cleaned; dust and dirt being removed by vacuum cleaner. All surfaces will be wiped down.


The pipes will be individually cleaned, damaged metal pipes being rounded out in the body and repaired, wooden pipes being checked for splits and repaired. Stopped pipes will be greased and stoppers re-fitted. All reed stops will be dismantled, cleaning all tongues and shallots.

Bellows and Reservoirs.

If required the bellows and reservoirs will be removed and completely re-leathered, replacing all tapes on safety valves.


The slider soundboards will have the rackboards, upperboards and slides removed and cleaned. The tables will be inspected for splits and repaired as necessary. Broken slides will be repaired. All slides and upperboards will be trued up and lubricated on re-assembly for smooth operation. Faceboards will be removed; pallet boxes and pallets will be cleaned. The pallet springs will be re-set and pull downs will be oiled.

The sliderless soundboards will have rackboards removed and the tops cleaned off. The faceboards will be removed for internal cleaning. Pallets will be cleaned and springs re-set.



Cleaning & Overhaul 2 Tuning & Maintenance