When we last checked in at the von Beckerath shop, the Christmas holiday was about to begin. Our new pipes had gotten as far as being cast as metal sheets and planed into the correct thickness.
Since early January, a lot has happened. First, the flat sheets of metal were cut into the pieces needed to form the pipes. In this photo, you can see the flat metal in properly sized shapes. The larger sheets will be used to create the lower notes and the smaller ones will become the higher pitched pipes.
In the next week or so the pipes will be packed carefully into crates and flown to San Francisco where they will await the arrival of von Beckerath’s head voicer, Rolf Miele. He will be working in the sanctuary the entire last week of February to make the pipes sound exactly as they are supposed to in their new environment.