David C

Hi David –

Thanks for agreeing to take a look at this. We only have one organ technician here in Ottawa, and he’s good with EP but has very little experience with mechanical action. I do most of my own maintenance, and have the whole organ professionally tightened up every ten years or so. Gabriel built pretty solid instruments, but he had a snit against my church many years ago, so I can’t turn to him for advice or help.

Several months ago, something broke on the bottom E pedal. I figured it was the piece of leather that attaches the tracker to the pallet. Those break all the time because the leather is 40+ years old; it’s something I can repair. When I found that wasn’t the problem, I started tracing the action, looking for where something had gone amiss. This was really hard to find, but it’s in the coupling mechanism which is located directly under the manuals. It’s impossible to get at. Now that the church is closed until September, I figured this is the perfect time to take the organ apart and see what’s going on.

Below are some pictures that I took. You can see that there’s a piece of metal hanging down next to the action for the E pedal. I have no idea how to get at this mechanism or what to do when I do get there. I wondered if you could give me any advice about what’s broken, and is it something I can fix. The other option is for me to try and sweet-talk the guys at Juget-Sinclair to send someone from Montreal to come work on it, but that’s several hours of travel, which makes it fairly expensive — hence my question as to whether I can do it myself or not.

I think that much of the action came from Laukhuff, so perhaps this mechanism is something that people in the industry recognize.

Thanks in advance for your advice, David, I appreciate it.


All the action in this organ is metal, there are no wood trackers or anything.
I removed the upper keyboard and the first few notes of the lower keyboard to expose the pedal action. The problem is with the fifth rod in.
You can see the broken piece hanging down, but I have no idea what it is or how to fix it.
Another view of the wonky action.