In 1859 the Rotterdam organ maker Willem Hendrik Kam built a completely new organ in the old case from 1671 that is still present. The instrument then has 51 voices, divided over 3 manuals and pedal. Eight years later, in 1867, many defects are noted. In 1869, the company Bätz-Witte in Utrecht carried out repair work. The Maria choir is set up as a workshop for this. The composition of the Mixtures is changed and the Sharp of the Manual is replaced by a Gemshorn 2'.
After a large-scale restoration of the Grote Kerk (1902-1939), a thorough restoration of the organ was carried out by the firm Gerrit van Leeuwen & Zn. in Leiderdorp. The front pipes are polished and provided with a layer of varnish. The Violon 16' of the pedal and the Viola 8' of the Bovenwerk are renewed, the pedalboard is replaced and a pedal couple 'in connection with the Rugwerk' is applied. Because the attack of the Manual is still very heavy, a pseudo Barker system is installed in 1939.
However, the game mechanics remain a weak point. Simultaneously with the restoration of the church, the organ underwent a partial restoration in 1986/87 by the firm Ernst Leeflang B.V. ter Apeldoorn. Since only a part of the problems can be tackled in this way, a lot remains.
In 2007, the Gebr. Reil B.V. from Heerde to a conservative restoration. Windchests are repaired, the sagging front pipes are stripped of the varnish layer applied in 1939, restored and braced. At the end of 2009 the pseudo Barker system will be removed from the instrument. The mechanics are adapted in such a way that the playing style can now be called 'good and natural'. This work will be completed in April 2010. A final phase of conservation restoration will take place shortly. The 5 large warehouse bellows are provided with new sheep leather and cracks in the bellows blades will be repaired.
This sample set from supplier Noorlander can be ordered with all our Cambiare organs. Expected release date is Autumn 2021.