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07-07-2006, 02:35 AM
Hey guys!

I visited a very large 62 Stage Pipe Organ in a town about 1hr away from me. I have bought two of their SACD Records which was recorded by the State of Bavaria and the State National Radio Station. Enjoy!

This church took 200 years to build and is located in Memmingen. :-)

07-07-2006, 08:04 AM
What a beautiful church. I want to go to Europe and see all the old churches and art museums. I would love to hear that organ. Sadly the SuperOnes do not reproduce the pedal tones. Nothing like feeling the low notes of the organ vibrate your body.

Sir Terrence the Terrible
07-07-2006, 08:10 AM
I would love to record in that church!

07-07-2006, 08:25 AM
Simply gorgeous! I love old churches and that organ is downright stunning! Some of the cathedrals in the New England area are among the most beautiful I've seen.

Great pics! Thanks for sharing!

07-09-2006, 03:48 PM
While stationed in Ludwigsburg during the early '80s, I was fortunant to see quite a few pipe organs throughout Germany, Holland, and France, both old and new. Too numerous to mention (or remember; this was over 20 years ago), my favorite was the late nineteenth century "Grande Orgue de la Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris", the 1868 Cavaille-Coll.

But my favorite pipe organ of all is the 19 rank Gary Tidwell & Sons Opus 1 residence pipe organ installed in our family's house, built in 1983 by my dad. It incorporates various new and used pipework and windchests, plus a few items my dad built by hand!

The good news is my dad is retiring soon from his job in Connecticut and my folks need to move back down here to Florida. The bad news is the pipe organ needs to go, so that he can use the space the instrument's occupying for his new business/workshop restoring antique tube radios (, so unfortunantly the family pipe organ is for sale.

Anyone interested?:ihih:

JoeE SP9
07-09-2006, 03:54 PM
A pipe organ in your house! I'm keeping those pictures for people who think I'm eccentric.:ihih:

07-09-2006, 03:59 PM
You could do one better, Joe, and buy our instrument so you could install it in your house...then you won't need any pictures!

JoeE SP9
07-09-2006, 04:15 PM
Thanks but I don't have the room and if I pay they'll let me play the one in the Kimmel Center!:ihih:

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07-09-2006, 08:40 PM
You are truely lucky to have the wonderful Wanamaker instrument literally in your back yard, along with the Kimmel Center's organ. Like the truely historic organs throughout Europe and in the northeastern United States, you just don't find too many fine instruments down south, especially in Florida. Sure, in the larger cities here like Orlando, Jacksonville, and Tampa, etc., you'll find a few. But most throughout the state are small, old, and in need of restoration.

It's a shame really...many churches here forego the traditional church hymns with organ accompaniment in favor of folk/contemporary music with synthesizers, drum kits, and electric guitars, while their organs sit and rot, never to be used again. This seems to be the norm throughout this country, and what few pipe organ manufacturers are left are struggling to stay in business.

07-10-2006, 05:54 AM
All I can say is "wow" and wish I could FEEL the vibe of those beauties. Thanks for the sharing... 'Shakes his head in amazement and walks away".

Da Worfster

07-10-2006, 05:24 PM
Hey Worf101, you live in CAN feel the vibe of your city's own historical pipe organ at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

"The organ in the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is the nation’s largest nineteenth-century concert organ in original condition, and, indeed, it is one of the most distinguished surviving examples of a “golden age” in American organ building. It was built in 1882 by the Yonkers firm of J.S. and C.S. Odell, and was originally installed in a New York mansion belonging to millionaire William Belden. It was subsequently purchased by the Troy Savings Bank and moved to the Music Hall in 1890. Apart from routine maintenance, which ceased several years ago, the instrument has remained essentially untouched since its installation and even most of the leather appears to be original."*

Go check out a concert when you get a chance and feel the VIBE from that beauty!

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