D. Leslie Smith Organ Builder from Fergus has completed our latest renovations on the Church Organ. Swell Aeoline, Pedal Trombone, Harp, Tremulant and the Facade Pipes were all worked on. With Hank steadying the ladder and Larry at the console the job was done in about 4 hours. The team had just returned from a project in Charlotte NC. The $6,238 required for the job was paid for from funds managed by the Trustee's.
The Wesley Pipe Organ - A Brief History
The pipe organ in Wesley dates from 1883. It was installed at a cost of $1200. It is speculated that the builder was Canadian and most likely from Ontario. The exact maker is unknown, as no paper .records have been found. There are still pipes from that organ in today's instrument. One of the pipes is signed, possibly by the voicer. The swell oboe pipes and the swell principal 4' pipes are in their original condition and are regularly used. This instrument would have been a 'tracker' organ. This means that the instrument, operating without electricity, was entirely mechanical. It would also have been 'pumped' by hand!
In 1927, two years after Ainslie Street Methodist became
Wesley United Church, "the newly-named congregation
installed a magnificent new pipe organ." The
instrument cost $13 000 and was built by Woodstock Organ
Co. The organ case and pipes that we see today date from
that instillation in 1927. This instrument used
electricity to run the blower.