Wicks pipes are pre-voiced before they ever go into the organ. Pre-voicing simply means the mouth of each pipe is cut-up, the toe holes are opened to give each pipe the required relative volume, the pipes are cut to the correct length, and the languids are adjusted so that the pipes speak uniformly as desired. Reed ranks are prepared and voiced thoroughly as well. This takes place in one of Wicks several air-conditioned voicing studios, each designed to make the job of voicing as simple as possible for our trained voicers. Having handy tools and space to work greatly shortens the amount of time required to bring the pipes into speaking condition. Many builders choose to wait until the pipes are in place and the organ has been built to do this work on-site. While admirable, this frequently adds many weeks to the installation process and forces the voicer to work in undesirable situations.
Having our own pipe shop means our voicers can do an even better job. Should a problem occur, a pipe be damaged, or cut-up too far, the voicer can have the pipe repaired or even replaced in a very short time. Other builders often have to resort to sending the pipe away to be repaired, or continuing despite the damage.Engineering
Wicks pipe organs are undoubtedly the most reliable on the market today, thanks to careful construction techniques, high quality materials, and our DIRECT-ELECTRIC® action. The first units installed over 85 years ago are still working today. Every pipe is voiced on this action before they go into the organ to ensure proper speech characteristics. Newly developed DIRECT-ELECTRIC® unit styles allow their use in high wind-pressure organs. In addition, the use of expansion chambers on the lower notes and reed ranks helps the pipes speak properly on these higher wind pressures. We use reservoirs to provide stable wind to all pipes. Our chests are the simplest in the industry, while still being constructed of high-quality sitka spruce and poplar to make them strong, yet light.