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    Yes, this is way more than I expected, making me a magle.dk fan all over again.
    Thank you, thank you very much!

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    If I may add, I would like to share a file that was recorded at my church during a worship service. This was recorded onto my laptop via the radio broadcast we have. (No, I'm not playing it. Our organist is). The organ is miced pretty close using an Altec Lansing hanging microphone, which is also used for the choir. You can somewhat hear the pastor singing here, but he's not singing loud for some reason.

    Our organ is a 1937 Moller, which was upgraded in 1960 to something else, and then upgraded again in 1996 to a Berlheinz, (built by the Lima Pipe Organ Company from Lima, Ohio). It's obviously pieced together. It's got two manuals, so it's a pretty small organ

    The console is the one from the original organ. It doesn't have stop knobs, but tongues, much like a theater organ.

    The organ needs new leather and a new blower.

    Here's our chancel with the facade in the background. The console is on the very right.


    It's currently not being played because our organist has fibromyalgia and we have a guest pianist from another church.
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    Pretty Fascade in a smaller chruch. Not sure about your organ or perhaps it is the registration being used.. Sounds alittle heavy/muddy to me. Then again 2 upgrades it may have lost its alot in translation so to speak.
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    However, it is being recorded off of the radio into Logic, but the sound system we had at the time was about 50 years old as well. That was all changed within the past three months when we installed a whole brand new one.

    But yeah. It could use a lot of improvements. We're so thankful to have one though.

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    very true..just to have a pipe organ is getting to be a rare deal. Yes the recording equip etc has a great affect on the sound outcome. Take care nad good luck with your instrument.
    ....To play only what is written is the domain of science. To realize what is not written is the domain of art."
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    I have a couple to contribute... I subbed at this church this week.
    *note: this is the first time I've played here, but I'm glad I did make a recording because it's a beautiful instrument. The church itself isn't very big, but stone walls and a barreled ceiling combine to make for WONDERFUL acoustics for organ music. Hope you enjoy!

    Another interpretation of Buxtehude's Passacaglia in d
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NP4QHrmPs70

    Georg Böhm Præambulum in C (been off the book for a week now)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNYowgu4ABY
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    Hi aross. I thoroughly enjoyed your playing (and I didn't hear any squirrels). The sound quality was very good. What kind of recording equipment did you use? Zoom perhaps?

    Thanks for sharing.
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    Very nice, aross

    The recording is nicely done, too ... curious like Mat is to what you used.

    Do you have any facts on the instrument ... size, manuals, etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mat View Post
    What kind of recording equipment did you use? Zoom perhaps?

    Thanks for sharing.
    What perceptive ears you have :P

    It's a Zoom H4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post
    Do you have any facts on the instrument ... size, manuals, etc?
    You can find a history and specification here:
    http://www.uquebec.ca/musique/orgues...matthiasw.html

    It was built before straight pedalboards caught on in North America (The first one in Montreal was one of McGill university's practice instruments built by Casavant in 1978), so it has an AGO pedalboard. Full length, reversed keys (many classical organs in Montreal have shorter keys now). The action is slow, not too heavy, just slow and the the pedals are so touchy you can play them if you look at them hard enough. Also, the manuals do not overlap so playing the positif feels a bit like scratching your knees. Lastly, it is incredibly loud! Accompanying even the congregation is a tricky business.

    The Hauptwerk and Positif are so far away from the organist, and the swell is right in your face, that it it is impossible to tell what the congregation is hearing. The positif is situated as an Oberwerk, but they must have called it "Positif" because it is voiced to be very, VERY present as though it were much closer to the congregation than it is. The whole organ has some truly beautiful flutes though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aross30 View Post
    What perceptive ears you have :P

    It's a Zoom H4.
    I thought so, too ... I own a Zoom H4 as well - a wonderful recorder in every way

    Quote Originally Posted by aross30 View Post
    You can find a history and specification here:
    http://www.uquebec.ca/musique/orgues...matthiasw.html

    It was built before straight pedalboards caught on in North America (The first one in Montreal was one of McGill university's practice instruments built by Casavant in 1978), so it has an AGO pedalboard. Full length, reversed keys (many classical organs in Montreal have shorter keys now). The action is slow, not too heavy, just slow and the the pedals are so touchy you can play them if you look at them hard enough. Also, the manuals do not overlap so playing the positif feels a bit like scratching your knees. Lastly, it is incredibly loud! Accompanying even the congregation is a tricky business.

    The Hauptwerk and Positif are so far away from the organist, and the swell is right in your face, that it it is impossible to tell what the congregation is hearing. The positif is situated as an Oberwerk, but they must have called it "Positif" because it is voiced to be very, VERY present as though it were much closer to the congregation than it is. The whole organ has some truly beautiful flutes though.
    Thanks for that . Nice specification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    So, here's the PLC College organ (Lewis) two manual, where I work (note well, I'm not playing it in this recording).

    Really amazing recording.
    Keep on guys..

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    Our church's one-of-a kind organ is described on this site, which includes links to three YouTube videos, the only recordings presently available on the net.

    Unfortunately, during the depression, the church was financially able to replace our 1871 Johnson tracker with a "new" organ. It was provided by Marr & Colton, a struggling ex theater organ builder. Fortunately, M&C used the 1871 pipework.

    The organist, Robert Welch of Indianapolis, was 17 years old at the time. He is a Facebook friend who was vacationing in our area. No local organist was available, so I asked Robert if he could play. He did so, with only a half hour preparation time. It was his first whole service, and his first paid gig. Currently, Robert is a Sacred Music student at the University of Indiana.

    http://www.pennyanfbc.com/organ.html

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    Fun piece, and fine playing. I'm now trying to locate a copy of it. It doesn't seem to be at IMSLP. Any Ideas as to where one might locate it?

    Thanks,

    Dennis

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