J.H. & C.S. Odell, Pipe Organ Builders

Distinctive and refined instruments for worship

After going to contract in late  2008, in 2011 we completed our project to repair, replace and upgrade the wiring, expression and DC power systems for the pipe organ at the Cadet Chapel of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.  The catalyst for this work was lightning damage that took several divisions of the organ offline in 2007.

Working directly with Head Organ Curator Grant Chapman, we systematically upgraded and replaced all windchest and power wiring in compliance with current  electrical codes.   We further replaced power supplies, relay controls, expression motors and began the implementation and installation of the solid-state switching and control system to supersede prior installed diode-matrix and open contact systems.   The new switching hardware was provided by Solid State Organ Systems of Alexandria, Virginia.   

The organ console's capture system, installed many years ago and provided by Syndyne, was retained and repaired with the procurement of 24 specially fabricated LS2464 capture system boards to replace those that were damaged in the original lightning strike.

Our work was executed in the Nave, Transept Great, Transept Positiv, Swell and Harmonic divisions (Tiers IV through VI only).   Solo, Orchestral and Harmonic Tiers I through III remained relegated to future phases of the project.

In compliance with Mr. Chapman's requirements, we meticulously documented every aspect of our work in every section of the organ.  This outsize undertaking has necessitated an expansion in our technical staff and given us a welcome opportunity to work on a challenging but prestigious project.   We are proud to play our role, however minor, as faithful stewards of a National treasure.

Cadet Chapel, United States Military Academy at West Point

M.P. Moller, 1911 and 1951, with ongoing additions | IV/380

Photo credit: James Wellman