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Maintenance. Ouch.

When you install an amazing musical instrument like the abbey’s Rodgers 730 organ, you also take on the sacred responsibility of maintaining it. It’s a complicated being, and it’s 20 years old. Though nothing serious has ever gone wrong, little things go wrong, and it’s best not to let those little things mount up. Also, there are not many organ technicians around, as you might imagine. So I wait until the nearest technician is going to be in the area so that I can share his travel charges with other customers. Today he cleaned the key contacts (a couple of notes were stuttering), replaced some burned-out lamps in the pistons, and answered, as usual, my stream of nerdish questions.

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