Rose Music honored as oldest Rodgers Organ dealer in the USA.
In a world where music stores open, close, pick up brands, drop brands, change their names, it's rare to find a company like Sue Gibson's Rose Music Company, Inc., one that has stood by its products and its customers for years and years. People trust longevity for good reason. Rose Music is now replacing organs sold 40 years ago with new organs, as churches decide to upgrade and take advantage of the changes in technology. And these 40 year old organs are finding homes in new churches and homes due to the longevity of these instruments due to the manufacturing process in place in Hillsboro, Oregon at the Rodgers Factory.
Dennis Mayhew, Jr. makes great pianos grand, once again..
Pianos need to be treated like the rare flowers they are, and like a prize rose bush, they need continued care and maintenance. We all know that pianos need to be tuned - we've all heard people brag about their pianos that haven't been tuned in years, and the sound of these pianos proves that they haven't been tuned!Piano maintenance goes beyond tuning. Just like your car door, if it's not greased occasionally, you'll find it gets harder and harder to open. Now you may not notice this since you open and close it every day. But loan it to a friend and they'll say, "How can you put up with that door?", and you realize that yes, you have been putting up with it and it needs work. A pianist visited a church and sat down at a piano and found she couldn't get any decent sound out of it…but the pianist thought it was just fine. The keys were mushy feeling and didn't seem to travel far. This is a piano that Dennis Mayhew, Jr. can bring back to life again, be it a humble Wurlitzer that's seen years and years of playing or a Steinway….more
First Baptist, 8th Street, Chattanooga, TN
Bryant Lowery, Organist/Director of Music
This Historic African-American Congregation was founded by a Civil War Chaplain. The present sanctuary houses a Pilcher Organ Op. 660 moved to the church and installed in June 1909 at a cost of $3,500.
The original casework stands, along with the Open Wood 16'. Later work electrified the instrument and moved the pipework to side chambers. Church member Lucinda Jones graciously left her Baldwin Grand Piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, and funds for the renovation of the Pilcher to the church. In 1996 under the supervision of Roland Carter, Director of Music, the Rose Music Company, Inc. of Knoxville installed and interfaced a Rodgers Three-Manual Organ to the Pilcher pipework.
This Rodgers combination digital/pipe organ is more than 16 years old and we continue to demonstrate it to church people searching the right organ for their church. In a world where "newer" is thought to be "better", Rodgers continues to build organs with an eye and ear to quality of sound and construction.