Welcome to Karl Schuke Berliner Orgelbauwerkstatt world !!
The Berliner Orgelbauwerkstatt (Berlin
organ manufacture), with its more than 500 organs and over
8,500 stops, has acquired over the last 50 years a name that
has been internationally recognized as in Germany, too. It
is here that instruments of varying size and purpose have been
designed and built; university organs for instructive purposes,
resident organs, Positivs and chest instruments, concert hall
organs with over 90 stops and up to 6 keyboards – always built
with mechanical tone action – and more than 350 church organs.
Restoration is also a major part of our work.
With this homepage we would like to introduce
you to several of our recent instruments, which, along with
our organ manufacture, have attracted extensive acclaim. This
acclaim is also due to a number of outstanding organists, who
have made these organs play an important role not only in the
musical life of individual congregations, but also in concert
halls all over world.
The sound and technical concept of every
organ are unique and so our studio must maintain a rather multi-facetted
profile. Three to four years passing between the award of the
contract and the delivery of the instrument is not unusual.
It is our tradition to consult organists,
specialists and architects, whose ideas continually remain
an integral part of the organ construction process. The architectural
and acoustic particularities of the respective project are
then taken into consideration, in an effort to further develop
the relationship between the organ’s design and its musical
and aesthetic potential.
One of our main principles is to get
to know the special atmosphere and location for each new instrument
we construct. We believe that the design of the organ to an
interior, its acoustic concept and its technical structure
are all equally essential to its completion and character.
Under these initial principles the instrument develops its own
dynamics in its process of manufacture, to which the individual
engagement of our employees all contribute. Each instrument
develops thus its own character and takes over a certain place
in the history of our company.
The incomparable atmosphere that an organ
provides the space in which it is located is our design
and manufacturing goal. We look forward to meeting this
through our willingness to achieve, our manual skills and
If you happen to be in Berlin, please
feel welcome to visit our workshop in Zehlendorf district.
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