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    Admiral of Fugues Contratrombone64's Avatar
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    Sorry - the Atlantic City organ is not completely functional ... the one recording I have is nearly unlistenable as ther working pipes weren't even tuned before the recording was made. I really does need a philanthropist to rescue it from its demise, very, very sad.

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    So 2 million dollars and a bit should bring it a pretty good state? I'm surprised they don't (I'm assuming they haven't) appealed to some of the world's richest philanthropists who are currently giving away their fortunes of billions of dollars. Such an amount would be a drop in the ocean for them, leave aside the longevity of these instruments. They could name it the Warren Buffet (for e.g.) organ, and it would be still around in a couple of centuries, when all his other efforts are long forgotten .
    Though I'm guessing that it isn't just money that is the issue here, otherwise, it'd probably have been fixed a couple of years ago. Apparently, there are issues with asbestos etc. that are making parts of the organ hard to reach, but protective clothing should soon fix that. Where there's a will, there's a way. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of will here, or we're missing something important.

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    Hi Argoth,

    Right you are that it isn't just about the funding. The general management of the Hall isn't the most friendliest of groups to wards the organ. The Hall is used for alot of events that bring in the dough. Organ concerts in their mind wouldn't rake in the cash necessary. Too bad there are so few visionaries like Sen. Emerson Richards who masterminded the organ in the Convention Hall. If he were alive today and in office he would likely get the instrument placed on the National Historic Register and Unesco's list.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexander smith View Post
    Well methodistgirl here is a big organ http://www.acchos.org/.
    Alexander.
    I've all ready seen this one somewhere else after looking up organ music.
    It is huge. I just can't imagine someone playing such an organ. There
    are at least 10 manuals and pedalboard with stops and buttons surrounding
    you.
    judy tooley

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    Hi Judy,

    The ACCHO has seven manuals and pedalboard. Yes, there are lots of stops and buttons to control all the resources that are available. The organ has over 33,000 pipes.

    Two of the keyboards have 88 keys like a regular piano does:

    http://www.acchos.org/html/gallery/c...rightjamb.html

    This organ does have a piano stop with a real concert grand piano actuated by it. With many of the stops being unified you can play a stop that has 85 pipes that are associated with it. Generally speaking, an organ has 61 pipes per stop/rank.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    *If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands towards God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks* -Abba Zeno-

    *Protagoras: "Truth is subjective. What is true for you, and what is true for me, is true for me. Your opinion is true by virtue of its being your opinion."

    *Socrates: "My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you are in absolute error. Since this is my opinion, then according to your philosophy you must grant that it is true."

    "Improvisational Art": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSxVO3EoCRM

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    Wow! This is some monster of an organ. It's huge! The sound of that
    pipe organ is so rich and full! It's Beautiful! I've heard Magle's version
    of Toccata & Fugue but this takes off with the trophy! I wished I could
    see such a sight in person but I probably won't in this lifetime. My church
    has the biggest organ in madisonville and it looks like a harmonica next
    to the ACCHO.
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Contratrombone64 View Post
    Ask and ye shall receive. That's how the proverb goes. I emailled the delightful Robert Amp (City of Sydney's organist) and asked it he might take me and a friend on a tour of the insides of the monster. It happened yesterday. I've got some photos ... problem is you can't get far enough away from the internal pipes to get really good photos, nevertheless, I've got some nice ones I'll try and post.

    This monster is just so enormous (at least by Australian standards) that it's on three levels, all accessed by the most charming set of sturdy wooden staircases with railings. I must say, peer down to the floor level from the top of the monsterous central pipe (google images Sydney Town Hall organ and you'll soon find a picture) is not for the feint of heart!! Fascinating stuff, even got to play the monster, couldn't resist pulling the 64' Contratrombone and hear it fart ... most amusing.
    I played some of my music on this organ last December. It's indeed a marvellous instrument in a stunning building.

    Regards

    Bernard Heyes

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