In a world where consumer products have become commodities, many are manufactured with similar qualities. The church organ field is unique with two very different levels of quality available: professional-grade and consumer-grade.
Church organs with professional-grade quality are manufactured for product longevity and long-term serviceability. Organs manufactured to consumer-grade quality are less expensive, but have shorter lifespans, more similar to that found in most consumer products.
The heritage of professional-grade church organs comes from pipe organs with many serving for decades. Most digital church organs manufacturers no longer adhere to this standard. Objective side-by-side comparisons are telling.
The photograph comparisons below show the difference between professional-grade and consumer-grade organ quality.