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    Quote Originally Posted by Corno Dolce View Post
    Lets see now: The largest I've played is the five manual at St. Sulpice - the smallest one being the one I own of 64 non-unified or borrowed stops spread over 4 manuals.
    Wow, you've played the organ at St. Sulpice! And you own a 4 manual organ??? Post some details! ps- what does non-unified stops mean?

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    Hi Argoth,

    I use the term unified very freely - A rank of pipes consisting of 85 pipes so that one can play at 16' to 4' pitches. Non-unified for me means independent ranks of 61 pipes. Now, since my organ is a digital organ, I have 61 sounding notes per rank It's a four manual organ made by Walker which I custom specified the stop list. I'll send you a spec list by P.M.

    Btw - I hope to visit the Wanamaker organ soon - 6 manuals and almost 29,000 pipes.

    Cheers,

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    Last edited by Corno Dolce; Oct-16-2007 at 09:06.
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    Hi Corno,

    Quick question re playing at St. Sulpice: Was it good for you too?
    I found it a rather religious experience (to say nothing of sitting at the same console as Messrs Dupre, Widor, Roth et al ... sigh!)

    I didn't know Walker made digitals as well (are you talking J W and Sons?)

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    Hello Soubasse,

    Walker Technical Company in Pennsylvania made the *guts* of the instrument - R.A. Colby made the french terassed console. Yes, the experience at St. Sulpice left me in a state of exaltation which is still with me seven years hence. It served as the main inspiration for my own machine.

    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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    I had completely the wrong continent! God what a twonk . (It was probably from just having played our own J W Walker the previous day. Besides with your location being 3.08568025 x 10^103 meters away from earth it was difficult to tell!). So, you have a custom-made digital with a terraced console? I hate you - in the nicest possible way of course! Any pics and specs? I'd be fascinated to hear more about it - obviously you'd never be wanting for a decent practice instrument ... I'd love to have even a mediocre digital at home for practice.

    Cheers,
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    Hi Soubasse,

    On another thread you shared what you had for instrumentation. It seems that you've got quite the array of instruments and appurtenances. By the looks of it, you've got even more sound combinations possible than I do. Do you have a midi-pedal keyboard hooked up to any of your synths? Below is a website for some ideas:


    http://www.laukhuff.de/english/midipedal_e.html


    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce
    Last edited by Corno Dolce; Oct-23-2007 at 04:05.
    *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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    Just checked out that link. What novel idea! I've had my eye (on and off) on the Roland AGO pedalboards for a while with the thought that with a specially made bench and stand for at least three synths, I could do some decent practice. As yet though, the finances haven't been kind and are unlikely to be for a very long time. I do have a friend who has actually made a trigger-to-MIDI converter for a house organ so that he can control various electronic devices from the pedalboard. I may explore that avenue.

    Have you seen the page that Wendy Carlos has documenting the building of her own behemoth? A combination of several Kurweill keyboards, a custom made pedalboard and stand for one heel of a formidable hybrid synth/organ console.
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    Hello Soubasse,

    Unfortunately, I have not seen the documentation of Wendy Carlos *behemoth organ/synthesizer* console but I'd bet it's a doozy. Where can I go to get a gander of that *contraption*?

    Below is a three manual organ/synthesizer by Wersi of Germany:

    http://www.hammond.de/images/wersi-a...-livestyle.jpg


    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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    I wrote:
    "One heel of a formidable hybrid synth/organ console" which naturally implies that you can't use your toes. What a pillock - that's what I get for not proofing before I send.

    http://www.wendycarlos.com/wurlynew/index.html

    It's fairly long but it's a fun read for gear nerds like me.

    Interesting animal, that Atlantis - it's looks as though it's trying to be a modern, digital answer to the famous Yamaha GX1 (which was also a rather dreamy instrument to sit at and play). Sorry, I'm hijacking this thread somewhat.
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    Hi Soubasse,

    Thanx for the link. Hijacking this thread? I certainly don't detect it - maybe I'm too stupid - a bunny with a pancake on it's head.

    Cheers,

    Corno Dolce

    p.s. Sheesh - I'd go bananas at that console belonging to Clark Ferguson - man am I salivating - imagine the possibilities!!!
    Last edited by Corno Dolce; Oct-24-2007 at 12:28.
    *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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post
    I wrote:
    Interesting animal, that Atlantis - it's looks as though it's trying to be a modern, digital answer to the famous Yamaha GX1 (which was also a rather dreamy instrument to sit at and play). Sorry, I'm hijacking this thread somewhat.
    Interesting you mention the GX-1...I knew the primary tonal designer for that instrument all too well for many years, a fellow by the name of John Seng (whom I've mentioned in this forum before for his studio work on organ and synth in the 70's and 80's in Hollywood). He did a LOT of consutling work for Yamaha at that time, after spending several years as a tonal consultant and product specialist for Hammond in the 60's. He passed away at the age of 64 a few years ago, alas.

    Speaking of custom-built, digital organ/synth setups, check out my music teacher, Chester Smith's website at www.feetnfingers.com, and the impressive 3 manual, 32 AGO pedal instrument he calles the "Fox 2000 Special." Manual keys and pedal board were specially built for him in England, and the case work was built by Ken Chrome. The instrument uses MIDI to access a bank of tone modules, and thumb pistons for all registration changes...no "stops" on the console at all.


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    Just now looked at that link and damn, that is one hell of a nice piece of kit! I believe that if I ever had the money (which sadly is supremely unlikely) I would go down the same road of a custom made job. What I loved about the GX1 though was its immediacy - it was a very comfortable instrument to sit at and not just play, but program as well. To be able to grab any number of programming/performance controls and have it all work immediately gave it the "living" quality that many pipe organs have (and yes, I am aware of the irony of that statement). It's been my impression that the designing team were thinking (amongst other things) of the players' emotional response when this instrument got off the drawing board.

    You knew John Seng?! I'll bet there were some fascinating conversations there. Looks like we may have to start a new thread on this.

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    Hi Dean,

    Thanx for sharing the feetnfingers link. That is WAY cool

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soubasse View Post

    You knew John Seng?! I'll bet there were some fascinating conversations there. Looks like we may have to start a new thread on this.

    Matt
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    The smallest I've played was a one-manual organ from 1765. It had five stops. Years ago, when I was on vacation in northern Poland, I was visiting a heritage park when I found out there was going to be an organ recital in a small, historical church there. I attended the concert and afterwards I asked the organist if I could possibly have a quick go at the instrument. To my big surprise he agreed and that's how I got play an approximately 240-years-old pipe organ. Oh, did I mention it didn't have a pedalboard?

    The biggest was a three-decker made by the Sauer company. It had 48 stops.
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