Pipe Organ Tuning, Maintenance, and Restoration
A collection of projects we've undertaken, from total renovation to smaller service projects. Find us on Facebook to see more photos of our work.
New Antiphonal Organ installed at Christ Church in Short Hills. New casework designed and built to harmonize with original Æolian-Skinner organ casework. Antiphonal organ includes: 16'/8' Rohrflute, 4' Principal, 2' Principal, Rauschquint II, 8' Trompette-en-Chamade
Æolian-Skinner Opus 1347, Christ Church in Short Hills, renovation undertaken by Emery Brothers in 2014- 2015.
Æolian-Skinner Opus 1110, organ renovation by Emery Brothers ca. 2002, console rebuilt 2015, with solid-state combination action and switching by Solid State Organ Systems
M.P. Möller Opus 10484 releathering and pipe restoration, 2015-2016
Æolian-Skinner Opus 1122, restoration by Emery Brothers ca. 2002
Refurbishment of Möller pneumatic shade engine in Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church chapel organ Echo division, completed 2013.
M.P. Möller Opus 10252, renovated by Emery Brothers in 2013-2014.
M.P. Möller Opus 8650, renovated by Emery Brothers in 2007.
Installation of three new 60-stage Laukhuff shade drivers to operate swell shades at Princeton University Chapel. Two in Swell division, one in Solo. Completed 2016.
Pouchboards releathered by Emery Brothers, ready to install at St. Peter's Lutheran, Lafayette Hill. M.P. Möller Opus 10484, rebuilt by Emery Brothers 2015-2016.
The Steiner organ at The Lutheran Church of Our Savior, Haddonfield, NJ, had suffered from poor tuning practices prior to our taking over the care of the instrument. In 2014 we rebuilt the organ, including straightening, cutting and fitting flue pipes throughout the organ with new tuning slides.
Calvary Episcopal Church, Summit NJ. M.P. Möller Opus 9657 releathered by Emery Brothers. In 2014 we completed a pipe removal and organ protection project while the church's slate roof was redone.
Our goal as pipe organ tuners is to maintain a sound that is as precisely in tune as it is full of life and musical interest. This begins and ends with a deep understanding of how each instrument works in its native environment.
MAINTENANCE & REPAIR
From the intermittent cipher to the broken cancel piston to the complex winding problem in a division that won't hold its tune any more, our staff of experienced technicians can handle service and repairs no matter the size.
For the once-in-a-lifetime pipe organ restoration project, organ relocation, tonal additions, or console rebuild, Emery Brothers has a proven track record of excellent results in projects across pipe organs of all shapes and sizes.
Located in Allentown, PA, Emery Brothers is a pipe organ tuning, service, and restoration company with over 300 instruments under its care. Headed by Owner Adam Dieffenbach, the Emery Brothers team comprises well over a century of collective experience working on pipe organs in churches, conservatories, and residences.
Our story begins with Steve Emery (pictured at left inside the Wanamaker Organ console), who founded Emery Brothers, Inc. in 1994. Over the course of his forty-plus-year career Steve has gained a national reputation for first-rate pipe organ tuning and service. From that time on Steve continued to see an ongoing increase in demand for the service, tuning, and restoration he became known for. In 2002 Emery Brothers, Inc. acquired the Fritzsche Organ Company, including the shop property on Emmaus Avenue in Allentown that has been our home ever since.
Music has always been an integral part of Steve's life, beginning piano at age 4, and organ in high school. After graduation from high school, Steve attended Westminster Choir College, where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree, and completed post-baccalaureate work in Church Music (organ emphasis). Over the years Steve has held several church music posts, including St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Telford, where he first encountered Fritzsche Organ Company, followed by his multi-decade tenure at Zwingli United Church of Christ in Souderton, where he still directs the bell choir.
Owner Adam F. Dieffenbach joined the Emery Brothers team in 2013 with six years' previous experience, and bought the company from Steve Emery in 2016. Adam is a descendant of four generations of Dieffenbach pipe organ builders active in Berks County, Pennsylvania ca. 1780-1900. Click here to see the list of historic Dieffenbach organs. Adam is also President of the Dieffenbach Organ Preservation Society.
Adam particularly enjoys helping our clients get the most out of their instruments, through mechanical restoration and rebuilding, repairs and service work, and tonal additions and revisions as well. Adam is a member of The American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, and the National Rifle Association.
(Staff listed in alphabetical order)
Stuart "Clem" Clement, Shop Assistant
Charles Glandorf, Tuning Assistant
Cole Hamel, Tuning Assistant
Dan Mastri, Technician Apprentice
Clem Mirto - Service Manager, Tuner/Technician
Ernie Yeagley, Tuning Assistant
505 East Emmaus Avenue
Allentown, PA 18103
Mon - Fri: 8:30am - 5pm
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