After initial discussions, you may decide to ask for a formal proposal from us. We ask you for information in order to tailor a proposal to your specific wishes and needs. We'll want to know the size and uses of your facility; for instance, how many people does it seat? What are the approximate dimensions of the room, especially the ceiling height, and its cubic footage? Architectural drawings are often very helpful for existing buildings, or sketches for those buildings just being planned. Photographs of your building, inside and out, will help give us the flavor of the architecture and a sense of the space. In addition, if any acoustical studies have been done on your building, they tell us much about how our instrument will sound in the room.
Many clients request a consultation visit from us, which we highly recommend. One of the principal members of our firm will come to your church, school or concert hall and spend a day or two getting to know you and the site. We'll have more questions. What kinds of repertoire are most often played? Will the organ be used with orchestras, soloists, or choirs, or all of the above? If in a church, what are the liturgical requirements of the organ? What stops do you want to see included?
During a consultation visit we have the opportunity to meet your committees, prospective donors, architects, and others concerned, to explain the process and answer questions. We ask that our travel and room and board costs for such a visit be covered, but there are no charges for the consultation itself.
We are always pleased to put you in touch with clients for whom we have already built organs. There is no one better to tell you what it is like to work with us, how the project unfolded, and the results of our efforts. These former customers can be very helpful in refining your vision.
Our relations with the personnel at Fisk were outstanding. The principals of the firm communicated effectively with us at every stage of the project, and the various craftspeople and voicers who spent a number of months on our campus endeared themselves to our community. The organ was completed ahead of the scheduled contract date.
Professor of Organ