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Electronic Organs / Musicom organ system
« Last post by FYG71 on July 27, 2020, 02:34:28 PM »
I have a Norwich organ which dates from 1990 and uses the Musicom system.  The tone generation side of the organ has expired (not a problem as I want to use an external tone source) but the capture system remains intact and workable.  The organ is 2 manual and I would like to add a third manual with 8 stops (for which I have matching drawstops ready to go and compatible keyboards) My questions are:
1.  There appears to be space on the capture boards to accommodate the extra 8 stops, so should it be as simple as wiring them in?  The boards with Darlington transistors appear to have selector switches at the bottom to ‘channel’ the system.
2.  The Musicom system uses 8x8 matrix for scanning keys and pedals.  It is possible to add midi to the existing system easily or is it best to bypass with a stand-alone encoder?

Thanks in anticipation
Organs on eBay or for urgent sale / 1 manual Renn seeks new home
« Last post by Contrabombarde on July 01, 2020, 06:34:34 PM »
I've been asked if I can draw attention to this one manual and pedal Renn circa 1840 and featured in the Organ Magazine May 2018:

In a private home now and the owner is seeking its relocation.
From our local DJ / Re: Classic FM gives centre stage to organ!
« Last post by revtonynewnham on June 19, 2020, 08:45:41 AM »
Let's hope the trend continues.  There's still not much on Radio 3 aside from perhaps 2-3 tracks in the middle of the night.

Every Blessing

Restoring pipe organs / Cathédrale Saint-Christophe de BELFORT
« Last post by David Pinnegar on June 18, 2020, 08:17:48 PM »
The instrument of  Waltrin-Callinet-Schwenkedel  restored in 2012 -
From our local DJ / Classic FM gives centre stage to organ!
« Last post by David Pinnegar on June 18, 2020, 05:36:08 PM »
It's really great to see a radio station as popular as Classic FM giving the organ an appropriate position on the musical horizon -
and encourages people to play the organ on their laptop . . . !

Best wishes

David P

I was contacted by my Rector who said that guidelines now allow us to go in to church to check on the condition of our organs.
I have to enter by the side door, lock myself in, wash my hands and log my arrival and leaving times in the book provided.
I have no problem with giving the organ some generous excercise to check on it's well-being!
Probably two or three times a week would be a good regime at the moment!
Organ building and maintenance / Dutch organ consoles
« Last post by revtonynewnham on June 03, 2020, 09:49:50 AM »

I've been watching live streamed concerts by a couple of Dutch organists.  I've noticed a number of organs have some of the stops positioned above the console - just wondering about the logic behind that.

Every Blessing

Organ Music and Repertoire / Music for a church in lockdown
« Last post by revtonynewnham on May 24, 2020, 09:43:55 AM »

Wolston Baptist Church, where I play regularly, is closed due to the Coronavirus epidemic.  I've been recording some music (chosen by our minister, or anyone else (including me a couple of times!) who has put the worship material together.  Due to the age & lack of computer knowledge the church leaders decided to circulate this in printed & e-mail form.  The e-mail recipients get links to my recordings to sing along to if they wish.  All the recordings are available on my You Tube channel.

Every Blessing

Hi, there are many things to worry about nowadays,
 but this should certainly I think be one of them !
I guess the phrase " don't take anything for granted would apply "
on the Oragn related front, I still haven't got a basic practice Organ working.
regards Peter B
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