More Than a Pipe Dream

Woohoo! After several years of hard effort from the award-winning author Jill Worrall, many interviews and archival research, proof-reading, verifying and clarifying by John & Val Hargraves, Christopher Templeton (our resident archivist), communicating with the editor Renee Lang of Renaissance Publishing and layout designing by Trevor Newman, not to forget the rest of SIOC Team patiently awaiting, More Than a Pipe Dream is here at last.

1.65 kg, 311 pages feel and smell beautifully and look even better than we expected, considering that many images in the book are historic and pre-digital era. We can’t wait until you hold it in your hands and know for yourself what we mean! We also will be very happy to share our story with you – 50 years long, full of exhilarating highs and soul-wrenching lows, achievements and lessons, people and life-long relationships.

The book price is $99.99 plus handling & postage fee (if any).

Book Voucher can be arranged if you wish to give this book to someone special as a gift. Just drop us an email.

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More than a Pipe Dream

This book pays homage to the highly skilled individuals in the South Island Organ Company who have dedicated so much of their lives to designing, building and restoring pipe organs, highly complex musical instruments as they are. It unveils an impressive amount of detail about this unique company's development, achievements and adventures, including secrets of the instruments construction and the art of restoration, all of which is presented in a highly readable manner so that you will never feel overwhelmed by technical jargon.

This book is the work of multi-award-winning writer Jill Worrall.

$99.99 plus postage & handling fee.

Here are some comments:

  • "Thrilled to have the book arrive today. What a gorgeous production it is and how poignant the earthquake stories and images. Thank you and I will enjoy it in greater detail as the days go by". - Tim McWhannell
  • "The book has arrived....amidst the busy day, I just had to have a quick flip through. I am absolutely gobsmacked!  What a magnificent publication -accolades all round!
    You have exceeded!  I am wordless, and speechless!
    Bravo!" - Roy Tankersley
  •  "The book arrived today! Excellent publication" - Alan Edwards
  • To John: "I enjoyed the book...indeed more than a pipe dream, that's for sure. From it I can see you've had a  remarkable and interesting career amongst some great talented craftsmen and artisans and have formed a great company in SIOC which you must be proud of. The tragedy of the losses SIOC suffered with the deaths of your men following the earthquakes is so sad and I am sure is a deep loss to you and Val personally. But what an outstanding first 50 years" - Craig Maclean & family
  •  "My copy has arrived. It is superb!! Many thanks to Val and John, and to all those who had input into its publication" - Robert Cleaver