Isn't it frustrating when you sit down on the organ bench for practice just to find out that some of the notes are sounding all the time or ciphering? If the organ has mechanical action, this problem usually is quite easy to fix. In this article, I will show you how to fix sticky notes and ciphers on the mechanical organ.
1. Locate the tracker which is sticking. In order to do this you will have to get inside of the organ. Check if you need a key to get inside. If there is a second person nearby, ask him/her to press several times this key which is sounding so that you can locate the particular tracker.
If you have to do this step by yourself, engage some quiet stop from this manual and try to locate this tracker on the rollerboard by pulling several trackers and checking until the sound co-insides with the sticking note.
2. If the key itself is lower or higher than others, check and adjust the mechanics on the other side of the keyboard. This means that the tracker does not need adjustment, and only one particular key needs some regulation. This usually happens during autumn and spring because of the humidity changes in the room.
3. If the key position is normal, but there is a constant sounding pipe, check and adjust the mechanics higher (possibly bellow the wind chest). In this case, the key itself is fine but the valves might be too tense. You just need to relax them a little.
4. Be careful to do only very minor adjustments as the screws are very sensitive. If you are not precise in your movements and make large-scale regulations, the results might be quite shocking. The key might be quite noticeable out of place so you have to regulate in fine movements only.
Use these steps next time you discover ciphers on your organ. Usually locating the particular tracker of the sticking note takes longer than the entire process of adjustment. Remember, that in order not to cause any damage to the instrument, you have to be very sure of what you are doing, otherwise, consult your organ technician or organ builder who is taking care of your organ.
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