1220 Timberedge Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66049
Open for free tours on weekdays
by appointment only
Reuter Organ Company
Reuter Organ Company - Lawrence, Kansas
In 1919, the 2 year old Reuter Organ Company moved
to Lawrence, Kansas from Trenton, New Jersey. To date the pipe organ
manufacturer has produced over 2240 organs, 312 of them for Kansas churches.
About 10 organs are produced or majorly restored in a year and each project
is assigned an "Opus" number. While touring the factory, we learned that
the pipe organ in our church (Lenexa United Methodist Church) was built
by Reuter in 1981 and is Opus 2020.
In 2001, Reuter Organ Company moved from the original
Lawrence location, near Sixth and New Hampshire streets, to a purpose built
building which moved the entire operation to one level.
Free 1 hour tours of the place where of some of the world's
largest musical instruments are handmade are offered by appointment on
week days. They include all parts of the facility from engineering to milling,
pipepaking, casework, voicing and assembly.
The main floor
Milling area where hardwoods are stored and raw lumber is prepared
and cut to size
CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled Router) used to produce highly detailed,
intricate wood designs
Casting room - Many of the pipes are made from a alloy of tin and zinc,
which are melted together and cast in flat sheets.
Others are made from those individual metals, copper or wood.
Pipemaking - The sheets of metal are rounded, shaped and the seems
This is part of the area where the woodchests are produced. They have
intricate systems of channels and valves to provide the
proper amount of air to each pipe at the right time.
Voicing - Where adjustments are made to the pipes to direct the airflow
through the pipe to create the proper speech and tone.
The Reuter Assembly Room is 45' tall and 2800 square feet. This is
where the components of the pipe organs
are completely assembled and tested before leaving the factory.
The Reuter Organ Company purchases instruments which are no longer
needed or replaced and offers them for sale.
This two-manual instrument was originally created for an individual
and installed in their home, but is now available.
Reuter Organ Company Map
Reuter Organ Company website
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