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    Have you played a tracker action organ ?

    Someone mention might be interesting to see how many of us have played tracker action instruments.
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    Yes ... twice:
    1) University of Redlands (CA) 2 manual von Beckerath
    2) "Dom" Cathedral - Salzburg, Austria (Mozart's kirchen)
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    Dom zu Wurzburg
    Dom zu Trier
    Liebfrauenmuenster Ingolstadt

    And many others..............
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    Rosny sur Seine (France) Every Sunday

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    Yes, actually all the organs i have played were tracker action.
    1) Athens Concert hall, Klais orgel IV/79/6080
    2) Athens Concert hall, an Irish 2 manual 7 stop organ
    3) Organ at the St.Paul Anglican Cathedral with 2 manuals and 7 stops
    4) Muller organ in St.Bavo the Netherlands

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    Yes, in St.Pauls Anglican Church in Athens back in 1980....

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    There are those who have played them, and then there are those who have made them.
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    I've played a couple of Wilhelms, H&Hs, Jardines, an Abel & Mueller....

    I think the largest could have been the famous Roosevelt in Great Barrington, Mass.... (mmm, forgot if it's all mechanical, or not), if I had time, but only had time to climb around inside to take pictures.

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    Hi smilingvox,

    I have a faint recollection that the Roosevelt has pneumatic action.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smilingvox View Post
    I've played a couple of Wilhelms, H&Hs, Jardines, an Abel & Mueller....

    I think the largest could have been the famous Roosevelt in Great Barrington, Mass.... (mmm, forgot if it's all mechanical, or not), if I had time, but only had time to climb around inside to take pictures.
    To me, climbing inside a pipe organ is just about as wonderful a thing man can do ... but I'm easily pleased.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Hi smilingvox,

    I have a faint recollection that the Roosevelt has pneumatic action.
    I think you're right, CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    To me, climbing inside a pipe organ is just about as wonderful a thing man can do ... but I'm easily pleased.
    Even I have my limitations as to taking advantage of every opportunity.

    The mid-19th century Knauff at St. Malachy's RC, Philadelphia, has a walkway, which I wouldn't walk on, because it sags, and I'm not a small person. One of the ladders is very questionable, too, but I did get to see the rest of the organ.

    At West Point, I explored the south side of the organ, but the north side would have been impossible, because it's so cramped, and I would not have been able to get in.

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    I've played old and new trackers and to be honest--I far prefer a good pneumatic organ played from a well placed console equipped with good keyboards.

    I would like to play, hear or see a large, modern romantic tracker organ. The only new trackers in the area I live and work are all examples of degenerate organ building-with sagging wind, no expression and outrageous mixtures.

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    Played a few bars on the Lohman organ (1817) of the medieval village church in Zuidwolde (NL) last year, shortly before the restoration. But that doesn't really count, some Mozart Sonata facile with many mistakes.

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    In my very short career as a junior organist I have played 2 tracker organs, one electric action extension pipe organ and my own 1973 viscount. I prefer the tracker organs over the others as the action is more precise even though it is harder work.

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