Friday, July 18, 2008

Update: Repairing the Vaults over the Choir Loft

The floor of the choir loft is covered in fine plaster dust. The painters are continuing to repair the walls by filling in the many large cracks, then sanding the surface.

[Click on the photo to the left to see the water-damaged plaster awaiting repair.]

The pipe organ is safe. The painters covered the organ's 3000 pipes with sheets of plastic to keep plaster dust from falling into the the valve at the base of each pipe.

Many 10:00 Massgoers will remember our troubles with organ ciphers. A cipher is an uncontrollable note produced by a small object falling into a pipe's valve and keeping it open, producing one endless musical note. The way to fix a ciphering pipe is to remove it, clear the blockage, then replace it. The challenge is to find the right pipe! The plastic sheets should protect the organ from ciphers.

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