Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on fire.

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One doesn't replace a painting in a museum that needs restoration with a photograph (much cheaper, much easier to replace and maintain).
Neither should one replace an historical organ of cultural and historical importance, that isn't beyond repair with some electronics and a facade.

Most churches with a historical pipe organ do have an electronic one in the church as well, because pipe organs get easily out of tune and there are waiting lists to get them tuned again, because the old craftmanship of pipe builder, tuner, restorer has lost in popularity a lot in modern times.
 

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Speaking of burning cathedrals and organs...


That one didn't nearly get as much attention as the Notre Dame fire. Still a tragedy, though.

It's a good thing Europe has so many of the old god shacks.
 
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Yeah, Sid, but the console was replaced in 63 with an electronic version, and everything up to the valves was computerized in the eighties, so it's not a stretch, at this point, to fully hybridize it with a sampling box and speakers to make the thing playable without having to use the pipes.

edit: The Nantes fire seemed to be an intentional attempt to destroy the organ. One of the caretakers confessed but we don't know what prompted it. The world gets stranger every day.
 
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