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I must admit I have been lurking for a while and have certainly enjoyed many of the threads.To be frank my intention would have been to use the console components and the speakers as a basis for a Hauptwerk system. I can't imagine that the Makin is very satisfactory to play and, although I appreciate your wish see it used wholesale, it could be used as a basis for a much better instrument.
I suspect that because the console is part of a historic organ front, there is quite a lot of work to do to convert the manuals and stop jambs etc coming out of Lancaster into a new console and for home use you might do better to buy the midified keyboard stack and stop controls that member Eric Daleste on this forum sells - I think there are some on ebay.
I don't think that would be the case. I have built midi-decoding hardware many times over and expect the Makin to be KA components or similiar (in any case - we are only talking switches). I am currently in the process of building a 4 manual instrument around HW, it struck me that the Makin might be a quicker way to the same end.
I agree - I see my use as a last resort prior to the instrument getting scrapped. Ideally I would like to see it go to a school where it will encorage the next generation of organists. Lancaster isn't that far from me and I may be able to help out with relocating the instrument if this was the intent.. . . Many thanks for the kind offer of the KA drawstops. I would be very interest in these, do you have a figure in mind?
P.S. @jwillans - where are you (PM if you prefer) - I'm in Bradford - rather an organ wasteland, with a few notable exceptions.
I probably paid around £15 each for them with the stopheads - they are the type with exposed silver wires rather than reed switches but the few I've used are reliable and I have a set of spare silver wires.
Putting aside cost for the moment, I'm probably stating the obvious, but there's no contest in my view (as a player) between a conventional organ console with moving draw stops or stop keys and one with touch screens.