Organs with soul since 1990
Our organ-building facility is located in Slovenia, near Rogaka Slatina, which is 500 kilometres from Munich and 100 kilometres from Graz.
I learned the organ-building craft in Germany, at the organ-building school in Ludwigsburg, and the organ-building factory Hubert Sandtner in Dillingen. After finishing my schooling and practical training, I returned to my birthplace as Slovenia’s first expert organ maker after 1940.
As an organ-building master, I helped to create the Diocesan organ-building workshop in Maribor, where I also worked.
After about a year, I decided to pursue an independent career in organ building, and in 1990 I opened my workshop.
Our workshop is now one of the busiest in Europe. We can remark about our achievement because we are now working on our organ #361.
Our instruments may be heard and seen in over 20 countries worldwide. Our pipes have also been installed in organs in far Asia.
We design and manufacture new traditional mechanical organs, mechanical organs with extra electronic stops and key actions, and computer devices that may be integrated into any mechanical or pneumatic organ system. In addition, we rebuild and reconstruct organs of various types and perform organ maintenance.
How are the organs produced?
The organ arrangement and construction are completed in our workshop. From 1990 to 1992, we drew blueprints by hand, but since 1992, all of our drawings are digitalized using AUTO-CAD and other organ-building-specific tools.
When a new organ-building project begins, our crew conducts a comprehensive physical assessment of the location and collects all essential measurements.
We pay close attention to the interior acoustics, which is critical to organ layout, especially when determining to halve scales and matching the sound to the room.
During this assessment, it is also essential to identify how the windchests and pipes will be arranged concerning the instrument’s available area.
We are mainly required to design and build a new instrument for interiors that already have a strong cultural-historical identity; thus, it is important to examine their uniqueness and tailor the instrument to the architecture, technology, acoustics, and type of music. Thus, even from the start of organ-building projects, the uniqueness, beauty, character, and mightiness of an organ are heavily influenced by the aforementioned variables and are directly tied to the interior decorating and acoustics of each space.
Last but not least, each instrument and each pipe – and there might be thousands of pipes in an organ – is a one-of-a-kind specimen that has accompanied us for hundreds of years. The organ designs must be carried out with the highest care. The organ designs must be executed with extreme caution, as the architecture of each church and hall is unique and different.
We design the majority of front displays – the organ’s look – ourselves, although we frequently collaborate with architects as well.
With each of our instruments, we hope to provide a touch of warmth to the room by fusing sound and beauty, allowing for the apprehension of the space as well as the sound experience. Our sensory organs have also changed throughout cultural and historical history, therefore we must examine these factors now.
All restoration work, such as marbling, conservation, carving, gilding, and so on, is done in our workshop since we employ restorers and hand carvers.
We rigorously stick to traditional techniques when executing this type of operation. Organ pieces are manufactured in our factory using cutting-edge technology and the skilled talents of our personnel.
We work on a 10.000 m2 area, 4200 m2 of which is manufacturing space and 5500 m2 is open space.
The average pipe organ has over 200.000 pieces, and the fact that we make practically everything ourselves in our plant, with no reliance on others, gives us a significant edge.
Listen to the harmony of visual and sound experience.