Al Sefl's notes on how to pack pipes in pipe trays.
1) A fully loaded 2 manual console with a full combination action can weight
800+ pounds. Get a serious furniture dolly and pray there are no stairs.
2) Pipe trays (crates) are made of 1x8 or 1x10 or 1x12 shelving pine sides
and ends with a 3/8" minimum bottom and top of plywood. Skids of 1x2 pine
furring strips crosswise every 2 feet will give further support and
protection to the pipes inside. Attach swing up type handles to the ends for
lifting. 8' trays will work for almost every rank and can sometimes hold
more than one rank. Bugle screws (deck or drywall) hold well. Longer trays
with less height are needed for 8' strings and shorter trays are fine for Vox
Humanas & Kinuras.
3) Label everything as it comes apart with masking tape so you know how it
goes back together.
4) Move the console and the blower first. They go most forward in the moving
van and if you make a quick stop these heavy items won't crush anything.
Don't worry about acceleration while loaded, with 4 tons of organ that won't
be a problem.
5) Pipes going into trays should be packed chromatically with the open ends
up against the wood ends. That way a sudden bump won't damage the toes.
Pipe mouths should not be against other pipes and are best arranged to not
come in contact with anything else. In some instances the mouth may be put
to the side or even upward where no force will deform it.
6) Use a good quality of brown paper packing and not newsprint which is acid
bleached if there is any chance of moisture or long term storage.
7) Pipes may be placed with a row or two of smaller pipes above larger pipes
except the very delicate and soft-thin walled strings that are sometimes
found. Layers are separated by a layer of paper.
8) Putting smaller pipes in larger pipes works for woods but when pipes
slide one into the other and the inside pipe hits the languid, it's revoicing
time again. All it takes is a slight tilt of the tray or stopping the truck
9) On reed ranks with separable sockets and shanks make sure the heavy reed
blocks and their boots are packed so they cannot get ballistic within the
10) Its late and I am going for another Scotch on the rocks but I must
confess that I have forgotten no less than 100 more important points.
11) Oh Yeah! Don't use mouths as hand holds to lift pipes, either wooden or
metal. And, don't use pipe feet as handles either. Nothing can ruin your
day more than standing there holding a pipe foot of an 8' octave Open
Diapason that wasn't soldered all that well. Likewise don't lift wood pipes
with the wooden pipe feet or stoppers..........
12) When you get ready to work on it, use nothing but HOT GLUE! NO WHITE
GLUE from Elmers or any other Home Depot product.