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    Presets on Music Rack - Dvorák - Gert van Hoef

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    It looks like this Seifert pipe organ has presets on the bottom edge of the music rack. I've never seen this before. It seems like a handy place for them, except they can not be operated by a thumb while playing. It appears to me that this organ also has presets below the keyboard, and has sequential preset capabilities. It has what I would call a modified horseshoe console. According to the organ's website, the digitized console was installed in 2013, and has 3,000 settings per user.

    Here is the church's website, translated to English by Google Translate. It includes a lot of information on the organ, including links to pages which give the disposition, history, etc:
    https://translate.google.com/transla...-text=&act=url
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    Interesting for sure. the assistant seems to touch them I noticed.
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    when I started this string, I hadn't even noticed the lights (on presets, I think) below the lower manual. Gert's assistant is certainty operating a sequencer button at the right end of the music rack. (Watch the lights)

    For those not familiar with a sequencing preset system, a series of registrations can be programed into memory. When playing, each push of the sequencer button will bring up the next registration.

    On the Dvorak piece, Gert uses a sequence of around 50 registrations changes. Each change is brought into effect by using just the one button. I believe the assistant pushes the advance button too soon at 0:57, then Gert hits a "previous" button which returns the previous registration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by branchporter View Post
    when I started this string, I hadn't even noticed the lights (on presets, I think) below the lower manual. Gert's assistant is certainty operating a sequencer button at the right end of the music rack. (Watch the lights)

    For those not familiar with a sequencing preset system, a series of registrations can be programed into memory. When playing, each push of the sequencer button will bring up the next registration.

    On the Dvorak piece, Gert uses a sequence of around 50 registrations changes. Each change is brought into effect by using just the one button. I believe the assistant pushes the advance button too soon at 0:57, then Gert hits a "previous" button which returns the previous registration.
    That's exactly what happened when I watched. Gert's registrant/page turner took the reeds off too soon, and Gert set it back. That's an interesting location for the +/- pistons. I can see it as very handy when one has a page turner or registrant.
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    This system is used on the European continent almost exclusively, the Generals & Divisionals are only known in the English speaking countries. The +/- is also available as a pedal. My organ even has a remote controller for the assistant.
    Last edited by FinnViking; Dec-09-2014 at 11:52.
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    FinnViking - thanks for the additional information. I had wondered if a registrant could use a remote control - it appeared to be the case in another video. I'm an old guy who is piecing together an understanding of this new technology.

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