The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
Decatur, Georgia

Bedient Organ Company

Opus 54 / II - 17 / 1997
Revoicing by Robert I. Coulter - Organbuilders 2013

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

"We are so pleased with the tonal improvements Coulter made on our Bedient; parishioners noticed the changes even before the work was complete.
Robert and Jonathan spent many hours not only on each stop, but also on making sure the ensemble was improved."

Julie Ryder
Organist and Choirmaster, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, Atlanta

Great Organ

Manual I (CC-a3)

8' Principal (CC & CC# borrowed from 8' Rohrflute)
8' Rohrflute
4' Octave
2' Octave
II-III Mixture

Pedal Organ


16' Subbass
8' Flute (extension)
16' Fagot

Swell Organ

Manual II (CC-a3) / Enclosed

8' Salicional (CC-BB borrowed from 8' Gedeckt)
8' Voix Celeste (c0-c4)
8' Gedeckt
4' Spitzflute
II Cornet
2' Flute
8' Trumpet
Tremulant (effects entire organ)

What began as a plan to simply correct deficient pipe speech in the 1992 organ by Bedient, quickly evolved. Even on the first day of voicing, mention was made by the Organist/Choirmaster to soften the Swell 8' Trumpet.

Softening one stop lead to other evaluations of balance and evenness of speech. Ultimately by the end of the second day, it was decided to address the instrument as a whole. In our work, all of the flue ranks were carefully regulated for blend and balance, all with close consultation of Julie Ryder, Organist-Choirmaster. No stop was considered completed without her input.

Along with the flue voices, great care and much time were given in the revoicing of the reed stops in the organ. The revoicing of the reed stops included use of techniques of English origin, taught to me by an Italian, while I was working in Sweden, used here on voices by an American builder, built in a French classical style.

It should be noted that while our work would best be considered a revoicing of this instrument, we have not changed its character. This organ retains its strong, individualistic character, and is most certainly a Bedient organ. Our work with the musician was to refine these voices for the needs of the congregations.

Episcopal Church of the Epiphany

Revoicing the 8' Trumpet