Our strength lies in recognising damage to the
instrument right away, halting any further damage, and quickly
repairing the damage. A detailed analysis of the damage based on
years of experience permits an efficient remedying and
simplifies the communication between parish, insurance and the
company carrying out the repairs.
After a large artificial flower arrangement in
the Gross church caught fire, the whole organ had to be cleaned.
In order to prevent corrosion to the metal pipes caused by dust
from the fire, all the metal pipes were cleaned in a pipe bath
with specialist cleaning products. We carried out this work
together with the well-known firm “BELFOR – restorations”. (BELFOR
is the leading company for damage restoration worldwide).
Are you unsure whether the blower cabinet in
the organ is made using asbestos panels? We establish together
with the EMPA (this is a Swiss materials science and technology
research institution) whether the organ contains asbestos and if
necessary help you to put this right as quickly as possible.
The EMPA advises in its scientific seminar on the subject
“Asbestos – Danger recognised, danger averted?” on the dangers
present today. In Switzerland practically all blower cabinets
made from the 1950’s to the 1970’s had to contain asbestos
panels for fire and sound insulation. This was compulsory.
For years now we have been aware of the danger. There is air
turbulence in the blower cabinet caused by air intake, which
then goes through the wind trunks to the pallet box and through
the open pallets into the pipes and the church. Asbestos fibres
can reach the church with the flow of wind through corners from
the blower cabinet. As we all know, the effects of asbestos only
become apparent years later. According to SUVA, it can be 15-45
years until asbestos exposure leads to the onset of illness.
(SUVA) is an independent, non-profit company under public law.
In 1918, SUVA opened its doors as the Swiss Accident Insurance
The church authorities have a responsibility towards the church
visitors and organists.
Is the blower cabinet in your organ made using cut asbestos
Together with the EMPA, we help you to establish whether there
is asbestos present. If so, we work together with an asbestos
removal firm which removes the asbestos panels correctly. In
order to carry this out, the blower box must be put below
atmospheric pressure for a short time. In addition we clean the
inside of the sound boards if necessary, in particular the
leather on the pallets, where the asbestos fibres collect.
Finally we fit the inside of the blower cabinet with new
The EMPA writes as follows in its pamphlet “Asbestos problems?”
The light asbestos-containing panels mostly reveal a high
percentage of “brown asbestos”. In this case it is “loosely
bound” asbestos. There is particular danger with the incorrect
removal of materials containing “loosely bound” asbestos.
The low stability of these sheets and the presence of “brown
asbestos” mean that even insignificant mechanical pressures such
as vibration or flow of air can release fine asbestos fibres
from untreated panel surfaces.