In 2009, a Korean church seating approximately 3,000 people purchased a large four-manual organ built in Holland. It looks impressive. However, the experience the church encountered was not positive. The church reported that the organ malfunctioned one year after purchase. Seven years later, after multiple failed repair attempts, the church replaced the organ with an Allen Organ.
An organ must be manufactured with quality to serve for the long term. It must also have the manufacturer’s commitment for long-term support. The first requirement can be determined prior to purchasing an instrument by inspecting the insides of an organ. The photographs below do not depict the highest quality standards including unfinished wood interior, as well as circuit boards and even high power circuitry mounted directly on wood.