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Good afternoon all.

If you would like electronic labels on your Hauptwerk Organs I am glad to say that the process has now been made much easier.
I can now supply a Core Kit of Components and a detailed Constuction Manual which will enable the majority of users to add these
labels to their Hauptwerk Console.

The Core Kit comprises:

- professional quality laser cut Left & Right Stop Plates in Black Acrylic or Quality Beech Ply;

- especially designed Printed Circuit Boards.
  Three PCBs in Left & Right Stop Jambs permit 120 stops to be labelled.
  Smaller jambs can be built using only one (for 20 labels) or two for 40 labels) PCBs per Jamb;

- a Micro-controller + Propietary Software in each Jamb drive the labels on completion of an organ loading;

- the Construction Manual may be purchased with the Kit, or separately, to allow a full assessment of what
  is involved in the project.

I am able to supply almost all of the other components if required, but the lead times and availability of some of them is
 outside my control. All of the other components can be purchased online from many sources, and full specifications are
Click on the link for much more detail:

Feel free to ask any questions!

Best wsihes,

Kenneth Spencer
Questions of Temperament / Arciorgano
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 20, 2021, 09:08:07 AM »

I came across this on You Tube this morning.  An interesting solution to tuning problems or a nightmare to play?  There is another video explaining the instrument, but my language skills aren't up to understanding what was being said!

Every Blessing

Inspirational instruments / Re: A New Modular Pipe Organ
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 13, 2021, 08:42:57 AM »

Looks like they've reinvented the "Nags Head" swell box!
Inspirational instruments / Re: A New Modular Pipe Organ
« Last post by Moretti Candotti on May 12, 2021, 11:47:11 AM »
Thanks, I think it will be interested in seeing how this organ will be used when it is completed.

I had also came across another modular pipe organ under construction called L'Orgue Gulliver. It has a rather interesting swell box for the trumpet rank.
The other day I went to tune a piano for a friend who has a lovely Steinway. Many of my friends enjoy a wide taste in music but this particular friend is passionate about French Baroque - and it works on the instruments I tune -

The instrument had been played every day for 18 months and particularly in lockdown and the hammers were worn flat, so flat that I re-shaped them as they should be and perhaps the recording might sound smoother as a result.

Best wishes

David P
Inspirational instruments / Re: A New Modular Pipe Organ
« Last post by David Pinnegar on May 11, 2021, 10:11:53 PM »
How brilliant and inspiring!

Thanks so much for bringing this news

Best wishes

David P
Inspirational instruments / A New Modular Pipe Organ
« Last post by Moretti Candotti on May 10, 2021, 09:38:20 AM »
I recently stumbled across a post on the Toulouse les Orgues Facebook page about a proposal for a new portable pipe organ called L'orgue L'Explorarateur. The organ will have a modular design (similar to the Orgue du Voyage), and will consist of 30 stops derived from 12 ranks of pipes. The construction of this organ is intended to begin later this the year, and should be completed by next year.

1. Bourdon 32′ 16′ 8′ 4′
2. Principal 8′ 4′ 2 2/3′ 2′ 1 1/3′
3. Flûte d’orchestre 8′ et Flûte harmonique 4′ 2′ 1′
4. Flûte traversière en bois 8′ 
5. Salicional 8′ 4 
6. Viole 8′
7. Nasard 5 1/3′ 2 2/3′ 1 1/3′
8. Tierce 3 1/5′ 1 3/5′
9. Trompette 8′ 4′
10. Ophicléide 16′
11. Clarinette 8′
12. 13. Physarmonica 8′

Organs in danger / ORGAN STOPS - saving the King of Instruments
« Last post by David Pinnegar on April 12, 2021, 07:38:56 PM »
James Dawson has made a ground-breaking documentary -
gives a taste.

Best wishes

David P

Cinema Organs and Fairground instruments / Information wanted!
« Last post by David on April 05, 2021, 05:00:25 PM »
I'm trying to find out as much as I can about Terance Casey. I'm hoping someone might have photos, conversational records etc. The ultimate prize would be someone who knew him well, that I could interview.
Any help much appreciated!
Electronic Organs / Electronic Stop Labelling for Hauptwerk
« Last post by kaspencer on February 28, 2021, 04:27:43 PM »
Good afternoon all!

I hope that the Moderators will not mind me posting this notice, but I am confident that it will be of interest to many Hauptwerk users.

There has been a lot of interest in the OLED Stop Labels which were shown on the photographs of my OPUS II organ on various sites (and on I agreed to release details of how this was done. I am pleased to say that there now exists a "Project Book" entitled "Electronic Stop Labelling for Hauptwerk Virtual Pipe Organs" and the booklet is available from me now.

Here is the front cover:

The booklet, in printed form only, describes how to mount up to 60 OLEDs (up to 120 on two Stop Jambs), and connect them to an Arduino Due, such that they can be incorporated into Stop Jambs with round or rectangular illuminated buttons of standard size.

To accompany this booklet, I have also made available one version of my Stop Labelling Software (known as "kasLABSv1.4x" either installed on your own Arduino Dues or on Dues which I can supply. This version uses OLED type SSD1306 - a Booklet and Software version for a different OLED (as used in the final version of my new console) may be released later.

Those who might be interested should contact me via the email address which is visible on the Cover Page (not by the messaging system please!).

Many thanks indeed ...

Kenneth Spencer
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