|Dr. Frederick Swann
Former Director of Music and Organist
Crystal Cathedral (now Christ Cathedral)
Garden Grove, California, USA
“In 1982 we opened here in the Crystal Cathedral, one of the largest and greatest organs to be found anywhere in the world – the work of Fratelli Ruffatti. As an internationally known concert artist, I play dozens of organs each year in many parts of the world, and I can tell you that the organ here has not been surpassed!
“Throughout the project, and since the installation, Fratelli Ruffatti have been most cooperative–always desiring that everything possible be done to assure that the Cathedral organ could assume its place as one of the great instruments of the world.”
Former Director of Music and Organist
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
“The Ruffatti organ of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which I helped design and on which I played over 2000 services and 175 Joy of Music television programs, is truly one of the great organs of the world. As other Ruffattis I have played, the individual voices show character and personality, and the full organ is full of fire and life. The tone is relevant and vital! I know whenever I sit at a Ruffatti organ I am in for a special and fulfilling experience.”
Dr. Joyce Jones
“While practicing for the 25th anniversary concert, I reflected anew on the things that make our Ruffattis so special. The Principals have a singing quality. The Flutes each have a different character, with a clear, sparkling, unforced tone. The strings are warm. The reeds are prompt in speech…The Trompette de Fête is a favorite of so many who play it.
“Many people do not realize that we also have the first Ruffatti mechanical action organ in America. With only 13 stops and 17 ranks, it is a remarkable little instrument. When Arthur Poister was here 20 years ago, we had his last master class on that organ and he declared that we had saved the best for last!”
“At a quarter of a century, the organs are still providing such joy to all who play them. For the first 21 years, the two Ruffattis were the major performance organs at Baylor and were used for hundreds of recitals. The organs were in use for twelve to sixteen hours a day. In the first fifteen years, we calculated that the organs had been used as much as the average church organ would have been in 100 years.”
“I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with the Ruffatti company during the design and building of my church’s new instrument. Words cannot express my joy at the finished organ. It was everything I had hoped for, and more. The tonal spectrum is unbelievable! There are so many different colors within each stop family. Ruffatti went out of its way to accommodate some of the special stops that I included in my design, and I really appreciate that. After playing the organ in a service for the first time and hearing the innumerable positive comments and the singing that literally raised the roof, I know that my church and I made the right decision by selecting Fratelli Ruffatti to build our new pipe organ.”
“The Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and faith community of Charlotte, North Carolina, are extremely fortunate to be able to affirm the glory and majesty of God’s presence through our Ruffatti organ. It avails the worshipper to experience a wide range of unique grandeur musically through the soft strings to the bold trumpets sounds.
“We commend the entire Ruffatti organization for their professional manner and cooperative spirits. They have made this entire enterprise from contract to concert most enjoyable.”
“As you know, we had the Solemn Dedication of the new church on Sunday, March 17th, and I can tell you without hesitation that everyone remarked about the quality of the music, the pipe organ and the acoustics of the building.
I am very, very happy with the final result of all the deliberation and hard work that went into the instrument. For this, I want to thank you and tell you that you can be very proud of this particular organ…it is spectacular.”
It is an honor to write in support of the Fratelli Ruffatti Pipe Organ Company. A little over ten years ago, we had them install a fabulous instrument in our church. Working with them during the entire process was a distinct pleasure…
We have had many prominent organists come to play the organ, as well as people visiting our church from all over the world. Everyone has been very impressed with the incredible sound and stunning visual impact made by our Ruffatti organ…
Fratelli Ruffatti also deeply cares about support and service after the installation…
…I enthusiastically give Fratelli Ruffatti my highest recommendation for any project involving organ design and manufacture; I can assure you that they will go the extra mile and provide an innovative product of superior quality.
“(Fratelli Ruffatti has) made some very fine organs for the City of San Francisco. These instruments have beautiful tone and are reliable and extremely flexible. Their cases add a great deal to the décor of their environments.”
|Edo de Waart
former Chief Conductor and Artistic Director
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, California, USA
“I offer my endorsement of the Ruffatti Organ in Davies Hall in San Francisco as a fine instrument of excellent quality.”
former Director of Operations
Davies Symphony Hall
San Francisco, California
“Our organ has been used in many different capacities–as a solo instrument and as part of the orchestra.
We have found that the Ruffatti has exceeded our expectations in every instance.”
Dr. Harry S. Downs
“I have not experienced anything in my lengthy career that resulted in a product of such superior quality and I thank you for constructing such a superior organ. I have also never dealt with any organization or persons more professional, responsible and pleasant.”