Magazine article The Tracker

Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb. - Aeolian-Skinner Renovation by Schoenstein & Co

Magazine article The Tracker

Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church, Omaha, Neb. - Aeolian-Skinner Renovation by Schoenstein & Co

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SCHOENSTEIN & CO. HAS COMPLETED THE re-installation and tonal finishing of Aeolian-Skinner Op. 1090 for Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church in Omaha, Neb. The three-manual, 46-rank organ, designed in 1946 and completed in 1950, was dedicated as a war memorial to those lost in World War II. It has been a beloved part of this historic church ever since. In an effort to provide the church with the most complete instrument possible, too much organ was squeezed into too little chamber space. As a result, the organ has suffered throughout its life from lack of efficient maintenance access and proper tonal egress. Following a consulting study, Jack Bethards, Schoenstein's president, recommended alternatives for giving the instrument some breathing space: "I found out just how much the people loved their Aeolian-Skinner when they opted for the most costly approach-enlarging the building to provide an entirely new organ chamber!"

The organ, including the blower, was removed for top-to-bottom renovation in the factory. …

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