Almost century-old instrument being restored at OSF

By Beau Ebenezer

Almost century-old instrument being restored at OSF

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 6:05 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- OSF Saint Francis Medical Center is doing some "fine-tuning" in their old main chapel.

For the first time in 30 years, their 90-year-old pipe organ is having some major restoration.

A specialist from Wisconsin is in the process of fully restoring the instrument.

Organ Technician, Larry Marowski said the tune-ups will help keep a traditional sound within the chapel.

"Unfortunately the organ has kind of fallen into disfavor today, and many churches have opted for alternate kinds of music," said Marowski. "It's wonderful to see those who are still upholding the fine tradition of very fine organ music."

While the organ was once valued at $12,000, Marowski said the price for a new installation of the instrument today is $500,000.

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