When restoring instruments, their essential value is taken
into careful consideration.
Experience has shown that the internal relationship between the various proportions of an organ is very important, but the spatial relation between the instrument and the space around it is also a great influence on the sound.
Other details of the construction and the choice of materials may also be crucial.
In its long history Flentrop Orgelbouw has built up a wealth of expertise about the most diverse types of historical organs, in the Netherlands and elsewhere, each with its own specific tonal character. At times we have had organs from five different centuries in our workshops.
During a restoration, the knowledge and experience built up over many years is mobilized in order to maintain or restore completely the specific characteristics of each and every organ entrusted to us. That knowledge is not a passive asset. Creativity and understanding are essential in the work of a restorer.
We have also learnt to examine old instruments closely for traces of their historical condition.
More than once decisive information was found which proved that the original builder did this or that just a little different from what was always assumed.
It turns out that there are many ways of making a magnificent, impressive instrument!