St. Paul Cathedral organ gets a tune up

Wood casements
Crew members from Geoff's Woodworking in Richmond, Calf. assemble the wood casements that will surround the refurbished organ pipes at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The Cathedral's organs, which will feature new consoles, linked by fiber optics, a walnut casement and refurbished pipes, are scheduled for completion on March 30, 2013.
MPR Photo/Jeffrey Thompson

For months now, a team from Missouri-based Quimby Pipe Organs has been restoring and adjusting the St. Paul Cathedral's two organs.

Company president and Tonal Director Michael Quimby told Morning Edition Jim Bickal that new and refurbished pipes are in place, as is the mechanism which draws air into the instrument.

Now, the Quimby crew needs to wait until the temperature is below 70 degrees to finish tuning the instrument.

Once that process is complete, the cathedral is planning a big celebration, likely at the end of October.

Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation, and on the slideshow link to see Quimby workers at work.

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