Recent changes to the organ include: in 1997 the Reeds were rebuilt by Casavant of Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec  and in 2003 a String stop and Harp stop were revoiced and rebuilt by Leslie Smith of Fergus, Ontario.    The trombone, pedal reed, and trumpets, both swell and great, were sent to Casavant and revoiced in 1993. The  aeoline pipes were revoiced/rescaled by D. Leslie Smith in 2000. Leslie also “voiced” the harp. In January of 2009, the swell section of the organ was releathered by Keates-Geissler. 
Regular maintenance and upkeep is supported 100% by the Apple Corps. With this support, Wesley’s beautiful pipe organ is in excellent working condition.

The original console of 1927 was replaced in the 1940’s. This is the console that is presently in the sanctuary. It has  an identical twin that can be viewed in Emmanuel United in Waterloo, Ontario.  Keates Organ Co. rebuilt the organ in 1978 and it was dedicated on November 26th of that year in memory of  those who served and were lost in World Wars I and II. The organ has 20 stops (oboe, trumpet, etc.) and 3 manuals  (keyboards) plus a pedal board. Behind the organ pipes that are visible, there are approximately 3000 pipes set in 36  ranks (rows). A set of Chimes was added as a donation from the Ballantyne family, honoring their father/grandfather, the  Rev. Leslie R. Ballantyne, a former minister at Wesley.

In 1927, two years after Ainslie Street  Methodist became Wesley United church, the  newly-named congregation installed a magnificent  new pipe organ. The instrument cost $13000 and  was built by Woodstock Organ Co. William Potter,  who was the original voicer of these pipes, etched  his name on these pipes with the date of 1927. Mr.  Potter was from Britain. He always dressed with a  tie and was very private about his voicing skills. He  would not allow anyone to view his voicing skills.  (This information was provided by Deiter Geissler,  Keates- Geissler Pipe Organs Limited from  Guleph.) This instrument used electricity to run the  blower.


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The Pipe Organ

pipe organ for Wesley was installed in 1883  at a cost of $1200. Originally a Woodstock Tracker  organ, it was entirely mechanical, operating  without electricity. It had to be pumped by hand.