- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The massive pipe organ is for sale to a good home. Preferably, the Grand Rapids home it’s already in.

The 3,200-pipe organ is the distinguishing, dominating feature of the bungalow on the city’s west side. And the house - instrument included - is listed for $129,900, according to a story (http://bit.ly/1wPmNhG ) published Friday in The Grand Rapids Press.

The 85-year-old organ was bought in 2002 from a Muskegon church by Bill Tufts, who died this year at 72. He bequeathed the home to Guy Vander Wagen and partner Don Haan, owner of Haan Pipe Organ.

Haan and Vander Wagen installed the organ in the small home, which was expanded to accommodate the pipes that reach to the top of the cathedral ceiling.

Because of the Kimball organ, the house has one upstairs bedroom and 1 ½ baths. But the garage where Tufts worked as a handyman is heated and air-conditioned.

Haan said re-installation would cost about $100,000, and he estimated that duplicating the entire “irreplaceable treasure” would likely cost close to $1 million.

Real estate agent Mark Douglas, who is listing the unusual house, said he’s received calls from across the country. Some potential buyers want to salvage the organ and re-sell the home.

Haan, who spent about 2½ years installing the organ with Vander Wagen, said they hope to find a buyer who possesses the same passion and dedication to the merger of the home and instrument as his late friend. And an organist isn’t required - Tufts never learned to play but invited musicians who did to his home.

“We really would like somebody to buy it who likes the organ and appreciates it for what it is,” he said.


Information from: The Grand Rapids Press, http://www.mlive.com/grand-rapids



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