How Much Does a Pipe Organ Cost?
A pipe organ is a musical instrument that produces sound through the pipes driving pressurized air. Similar to a piano or keyboard, the organ is controlled using a keyboard. Each pipe can produce a single pitch, and each pipe is provided in a set what is known as a “rank.” Unlike a keyboard or piano, a pipe organ can provide a continuous supply of wind, allowing the organ to keep its sound when a key is pressed.
How much is it?
- The cost of an organ is going to greatly vary depending upon the brand, the size of the instrument, the condition and where it’s purchased. On average, the cost can vary anywhere from $10,000 for a slightly used organ used for a home to as much as $800,000 for an organ that has been professionally customized for a church.
- For a slightly used pipe organ, most purchases should be within the $10,000 to $30,000 price range for something relatively small.
- According to the website Apoba.com, a pipe organ can range anywhere from $200,000 to $800,000 for a medium sized church or concert hall. It is not uncommon to see some organs reach as high as one million dollars.
What are the extra costs?
- Due to the complexity and the size of a pipe organ, shipping fees will apply if you purchase one outside of your local area. Plan on spending at least $500 to $1,000 to have the organ shipped directly to your home.
- Customized organs can often have a higher price due to the complexity of the design, the colors, the installation, etc.
- It is recommended that an organ is tuned at least once a year. Having a professional come in and tune one can range anywhere from $75 to $120 per hour. It should take no longer than one hour to have the organ professionally tuned.
What is going to be included?
- A medium sized organ that is found in average churches can often have between 12 and 20 ranks. As mentioned above, each rank will provide a set of sounds. The more ranks an organ has, the larger and more expensive the organ is going to be.
Tips to know:
- A new pipe organ has a very long life span. In fact, experts will recommend that the leather parts should be replaced at least every 60 years. If the organ is made of a wood or metal, these parts can often last for centuries if taken care of properly.
- Each organ can cater to different crowds. Since a pipe organ is often found in churches, consider having an expert come in to explain what kind of organ should be purchased. That way, you will get an organ that can maximize its sound within the church.
How can I save money?
- Craigslist.org is a great place to search for used pipe organs. Since purchasing a used pipe organ can often be the best way to go, you can save upwards of 40 percent by searching on this classified ad service.
- If you are part of a church that is looking to purchase an organ, consider holding a fundraiser to start collecting the cash. Keep in mind that it can take a long time to earn enough to purchase an organ outright.