An Overview

What can you expect?

An AIOA accredited adviser (sometimes called a consultant) can advise on either the restoration of an existing organ, its reconstruction,or the creation of a new instrument.

A simple inspection on site with a written report with alternative courses of action and recommendations may be all that is required. On the other hand, with new organs and conservation projects for historic instruments, a more comprehensive service may be needed. This can include preparation of briefs for quotations, assesments of tenders and assistance with the choice of organ builder, as well as the supervision of work, approval of invoices and acceptance of the completed organ.

Starting Point

Typically ...

... concerns are received from players that the organ is becoming unreliable. Perhaps it is even so bad that players are becoming difficult to obtain.

You may be uncertain whether the organ is worth repairing, or whether it is better to start again with a new instrument.

Your AIOA adviser will be able to assist in the evaluation process, highlighting objectives, risks and opportunities to maximise the eventual benefit to the project.


Denominational advice

If the organ is in ...

... a church, you may have a local denominational adviser. His or her principal duty is to assist you in getting the necessary permissions required for organ work as part of your exemption from local authority listed building consent. It is not normally part of the denominational adviser's role, which is voluntary, to approve detailed technical specifications or to approve requests for payment by the organ builder. Nevertheless, if simple repairs by an organ builder with appropriate accreditation are all that is required, then his or her advice may be sufficient.

However, in difficult circumstances, particularly where complex technical issues are involved, an accredited professional adviser will be able to pick up where the voluntary denominational adviser leaves off. AIOA accredited advisers are accustomed to working in co-operation with denominational advisers. Their function is to help, not to take the place of the denominational adviser.

professional advice

The First Step ...

... will normally be an inspection on site with a written report highlighting alternative courses of action and recommendations. A brief may then be prepared to guide organ builder's quotations. Advice may be given on the relative merits of tenders. Contractual issues may need to be resolved. Progress of work may need to be assessed and advice given (often jointly with your musician) on the satisfactory completion of the instrument.