Barger & Nix Organs
and foremost, we are high-quality organ builders. We do all types of pipe
organ building. Our areas of expertise include: Service and Tuning, all
kinds of Rebuilding and Additions, and Building New Organs.
company began in 1960 in Chattanooga when William Barger began servicing pipe
organs as an independent technician. Initially, our business was centered
on theater organs and reproducing player pianos, although we have always had
church organ customers. From the mid-1960’s to the mid-1970’s.
Mr. Barger worked with Mr. W.R.
Bradberry of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, who was the M.P. Möller organ sales
and service representative in eastern Tennessee. Mr. Bradberry was a uniquely
gifted craftsman, and his talent largely led Mr. Barger to aspire to the highest
degree of craftsmanship and integrity.
Nix joined the company first as a summer employee,
and a few years later became a full partner in the expanding business. We
began to do more and more rebuilding, and to build new organs also,although
service and tuning remains an important element in our work because
it provides a direct connection with constomers that a factory does not have.
We presently have over 125 regular service customers.
rebuilding work and new
instruments have been extremely well received by all who have heard
them, including several concert artists. We work with customers to design
the best possible organ for them under any financial constraints that may
be present. Parts of the organ that are beyond our own shop facilities are
contracted to the best-quality shops in the country, and are always built
to our specifications and requirements. Utilizing existing instruments and
rebuilding organs is our greatest field of expertise. We have extensively
specialized in using existing quality instruments as the basis for achieving
an excellent organ for our customers at a fraction of what the instrument
would cost if it were all new. Since we have no responsibilities to factories
to keep them busy with producing new parts, we can honestly work with our
customers to preserve good existing instruments or parts, and we have developed
the necessary skills required to gain excellent results using existing instruments
rather than having to build everything new.
We also bring our many years’ collective experience with church music into
our work. Not only are we a group of pipe organ builders, but we are also
all involved in some way or another every week with church music. Mr. Barger
has been either a choir director, organist, or organist/choir director in
many churches since 1957. Mr. Nix is a skilled singer and has experience with
church music from the singer’s standpoint. He also plays the harp. All of
our employees either play the organ in their church or substitute for vacationing
or ill organists and sing in their church choirs when they are not playing.
We feel that our experience with church music helps us better know what our
customers' instruments need to be able to do. We always strive to produce
results that we would be proud to play ourselves every Sunday. We also do
all of our own scaling, voicing, and tonal design work
as well as the finishing of the voicing of our insturments after they are
erected in the church. We feel that it is necessary for us to do all of this
work ourselves if it is to be up to our standards of quality.
expect to continue our growth by always building to the highest degree of
craftsmanship, and operating our company with the integrity that is so often
missing in today’s world. We have modern shop and warehouse facilities adequate
to accommodate any restoration or new instrument. We are fully insured and
our company is financially sound. In addition to our experience with Möller
and Aeolian-Skinner who are now out of business, we are factory-approved
service technicians for Schantz, Austin, Casavant, Wicks, Zimmer,
Reuter, and other companies.