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    Delmotte Organ in Lille...

    Hugues,

    Is the organ you play on a three manual or two manual? How many speaking stops? Is the action Barker lever, tracker, electropneumatic, electric or what?

    Giovanni

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    Hi, Giovanni,
    It is a two manual organ with 17 speaking stops, electric action, and you where are you organist and what kind of organ do you have?

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    I play the organ for weddings at a private chapel in Hawaii, which also entails accompanying a soloist and sometimes a duet, trio or quartet of singers or instrumentalists. The instrument is a 5 manual built by the Walker Technical Company with 150 stops and variable reverb up to 9 seconds, so one can get a real Cathedral type bloom to the sound which is quite satisfying. The organ easily shakes the Chapel/Sanctuary but there is no distortion whatsoever from the speakers and no blare. The owner of the private chapel/wedding business joked with me the other day and said that he would buy another Walker organ to replace the existing one. He would like to pattern it after the Wanamaker Organ but not with six manuals - five is enough he says. He is very wealthy, so we'll see what happens.

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    Giovanni

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    Smile Re: Walker Electronic 5-manual

    Interesting that, with a seemingly limitless budget, your chapel owner didn't spring for a real pipe organ! (No room for pipes? Need for artificial reverberation?) Remember that each of the many pipes on a real organ is, in itself a multi-faceted "speaker." Electronic organs use the same "buzzing" paper speaker cone for many notes at one instance. The result is a noticeable shrinkage of tone quality. The ears can be tricked--until the same number of electronic stops are pitted against the "REAL THING." In my humble estimation, the new Prestige series of digital real-time organs are a much better value, since they are not built on a one-at-a-time custom basis. Even though, one may order various wooden keys and stop types on the console. The latest technology is incorporated, because, unlike Walker, there is an entire team of engineers who have created this unique new tonal system. And, I guarantee that, if installed with proper speakers and the expertise of a real pipe organ builder of note close at hand, you will find its sound incredible! Don't listen to recordings--go play one! EricStPaul (esp)

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    Hi Eric,

    A real 150 stop pipe organ would not be able to fit into the chapel - the speakers are mounted in the ceiling firing downwards but one doesn't see the speaker cabinets. Having played Allen's, Rodgers and other electrics, I find the Walker to be very satisfying. Granted, I have had the priviledge of playing some very fine pipe organs in various cities and countries. So, I do know the difference between the two and I personally prefer the pipe organ. I am paid handsomely for my services and the *fringe benefits* are stellar. I really can't complain - the owner loves the music of the pipe organ. He himself has a Soloist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Royal Academy of Music in London, but he has made his fortunes in the Import-Export business.

    Giovanni

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    I am certain that the Walker Digital sounds perfect for that setting. No doubt, they are able to pay attention to each and every voice by custom-building the organ. Sounds like you have an excellent arrangement. Congratulations!

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