The Buch Church Organ Company has been building church organs since 1957; being an Authorized Rodgers Organ dealer for more than 40 of those years. Similarly, Rodgers Instruments Corporation, located in Hillsboro, Oregon, celebrated its 50th anniversary as a company in 2008. The theme, Inspiration, Innovation and Assurance Since 1958, tells the Rodgers story of quality, performance and support in one line.
Market research conducted by Baker Research Co. in 2005 and 2006 confirmed what customers have always maintained: Sound is the No. 1 reason people choose Rodgers over other organs. Inspiration results from the tremendous tonal flexibility built into a Rodgers instrument. This allows the Rodgers organ to be used to present a wide variety of music from its straightforward, user-friendly console design. Over and over, when we visit with organ selection committees, we see a real understanding develop about the true value of a Rodgers organ to those who care about inspiring worship.
As part of the Roland Corporation, over $2.5 million a year is spent in research and development. That investment in Innovation is why Rodgers has Parallel Digital Imaging® – still the only digital generation system that provides the natural dimensional presence of sound found in a pipe organ. Any organist who has used Rodgers’ Voice Palette knows the thrill of having more instantly available usable registrations at their fingertips than any other organ can offer. Roland and Rodgers were the organ industry founders of MIDI and remarkable room acoustic systems such as RSS. Today that history of innovation continues with the built-in service log on each Masterpiece Series console. Then there is the most remarkable development of all, Rodgers Organ Architect, which provides an unmatched number of design options and the ability to produce the custom console quickly at a highly competitive price.
When a church or individual purchases an organ, it is a major investment that is expected to last for decades. It is vital that they have Assurance that the instrument will be supported in the future. Unlike smaller companies, Rodgers has unique financial stability and deep technical capabilities because of being a member the Roland Corporation. Any customer can and should ask to see a financial statement from any organ builder who is proposing a new product. The current Roland Corporate financial statement is available from your local Rodgers sales representatives. Doesn’t it make sense that the company with annual revenues of nearly $900 million is most likely to be here to support its products for the long term? Visitors to our factory often comment on the huge area where parts are stored; Rodgers carries over $1.5 million in parts to support our products.
Another very important concern of many organ owners is environmental responsibility. Rodgers was one of the first companies to change its manufacturing processes from top to bottom to reduce lead and other hazardous substances from our organs, in compliance with the European Union’s RoHS directive.