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  A personal note

 

  

“The Queen on the Rhine” – the start of a new area of business

What began as the recycling of an old organ, ended up striking a chord throughout Germany: The restructuring of a historical organ by the English organ builder, James Jepson Binns, in 1907. We were very pleased about the large contract, but in all honesty, it was only over the course of the project that I slowly began to realise its significance and the impact it would have on our future.

After it was completed, the news of the largest historical organ of the English romantic era spread rapidly throughout Germany.

Only a few years later, we were widely regarded as specialists in English – and in the meantime also American - organs.

Why is it like that, where meanwhile there are quite a few English organs to be found on the continent?

Well, there are various reasons for this.

 

  On the one hand, after Limperich, I worked intensively and through various channels to establish a network in the United Kingdom. IT was already over the course of the work in Limperich that I became acquainted with Mark Venning, the Managing Director of Harrison&Harrison, and David Wood of Huddersfield.

The result was that within a short time, we had incorporated the then still fairly unknown world of English organs and in the meantime are feeling quite at home.
 

       Oliver Schulte and Mark Venning,
                 Harrison&Harrison.

In addition, now we can create organs at any time from an abundant inventory of around 30-40 second-hand instruments – only from England. And lest we forget the growing number of contacts in the USA.

Moreover, it is my endeavour to find new solutions for old problems with an open mind and to explore new ways off the beaten path.

To be innovative, be it with regard to design, choice of materials or basic concept development. That is my goal. Because everyone can do “the usual”.

 
And last but not least, I gratefully accept this new task. When I took over my father’s company in 2006 and saw that our main field of activity, the design and construction of new organs, was steadily decreasing, it was understandably not a rosy prospect.

However, the work with existing instruments, the further development of concepts and the search for what is possible with the resources at hand, even if they are but a few, has become an extremely satisfying task for me.

Oliver Schulte, David Wood / Huddersfield, Sonja Füßmann.

 

 

So to see how in such a short time our then only regionally active company became well-known not only nationally, but also increasingly internationally, was like a reward for me that something good came out of all the trials and tribulations we had already faced.

I believe that we are an excellent example of the development of a solid, regionally active, mid-size organ-building company in the maelstrom of time, who must first find its new face...

 

 Oliver Schulte and David Wyld of Willis organbuilders.

 
Specialisation is also becoming increasingly important in our business so as not to descend into arbitrariness.

 
The good cooperation with our English and American partners, the global contact to organ players and enthusiasts and the integration of social media networks secure our future. And not least, I enjoy the exceedingly friendly collaboration with my English and American colleagues, who have given us unfailing open and friendly support in our search for our organs, thus bringing us a little further every time,

 

for “he who ceases to become, ceases to be.”

Oliver Schulte and David Wells.

Oliver Schulte