Ebay Classic organs

Collapse

Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Why are lovely and amazing used organs suddenly going begging for takers?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • John Kinkennon
    replied
    Google is our friend. The original Robah Warren Apple is deceased. Robert is a son I believe. Kind of sad that we can't move on from this topic.

    Leave a comment:


  • Admin
    replied
    Originally posted by John Vanderlee View Post
    Funny, I had ordered a small part from him, and the envelope said from "Robert Apple", another Alias?
    Maybe, but I seem to recall that another family member is involved in his enterprise.

    Leave a comment:


  • John Vanderlee
    replied
    Funny, I had ordered a small part from him, and the envelope said from "Robert Apple", another Alias?

    Leave a comment:


  • myorgan
    replied
    Back to the original topic of the thread, though. There was a time when the thread was started only 21/2 years ago by John, Allen ADC organs were going for at least the price that matched or doubled the model number (i.e. $8000>$16000 for an ADC-8000; $6000-$12000 for an ADC-6000; etc.). I guess I should have expected the time to come where they were worth a bit less than that. Now, let's see if anyone will pay that asking price?

    Michael

    P.S. I'm still waiting for my ADC-8350 to come up for less than $4000>$5000. That would be the holy grail of my collection!

    Leave a comment:


  • Admin
    replied
    This listing is from the organ builders R.A. Colby. They are located in Johnson City TN, the same location as the organ in the listing.

    My guess is they just copied one of Robah's listings wholesale. As pointed out, the spec is not for the organ listed. For example, the spec lists 3 expression pedals and a crescendo for a total of four while the picture shows only three shoes.

    Leave a comment:


  • don60
    replied
    Originally posted by John Vanderlee View Post
    His Name is Robert Apple hence "R.A." and pomodoro means Golden Apple, get it?
    Nope--his name is Robah Warren Apple. We have had this discussion before.

    Leave a comment:


  • John Vanderlee
    replied
    His Name is Robert Apple hence "R.A." and pomodoro means Golden Apple, get it?

    Leave a comment:


  • michaelhoddy
    replied
    Originally posted by myorgan View Post
    I wonder if he has a twin? There's an ADC-7000 on *Bay right now that has the incorrect stoplist included (photos don't agree w/listing--just check the 32' Pedal stops):
    This sale is for an Allen ADC-7000 digital organ from the mid-1980's. The starting bid is $5,000 FOB Johnson city, TN. It was a flagship three manual from the time with four 32' stops and multiple celestes. This is the equivalent of a 70-stop, 90-rank pipe organ. Included are the organ drawstop console, pedal board, 8 external speakers and bench. This is an excellent organ for a large home practice instrument or for church use-- definitely NOT a fix-me-up or handyman's special, because everything works well and it sounds splendid. This has recently been inspected by a MITA affiliated technician and all of the notes, pedals, pistons and stop controls are fully functional. The medium oak cabinet is in good condition with signs or wear commensurate with its age. Although currently functioning prior to release for shipping, the manufacturer's warranty has expired and the organ is being sold as-is and without further warranty.
    Hmmmmmm.

    Michael
    The organ in the listing (at least in the pictures) is a 7000. The spec printed in the description is for an 8000. It looks like, at best, someone lifted the FF's "splendid" text and re-used it.

    Leave a comment:


  • myorgan
    replied
    Originally posted by don60 View Post
    I hope not. One flipper is enough.
    Originally posted by AllenAnalog View Post
    I saw this listing earlier today and was puzzled by the very familiar wording and the name on the seller's account. The photos have been used in a previous ebay listing - I know because I copied them back in February. The wording is exactly the same as used by the Florida gentleman but R.A. Colby is a well-known custom organ console builder in Johnson City, Tennessee. Checking the stop lists for the 7000 and the 7300, neither one had a 32' Untersatz in the published specs.
    I wonder if he's branching out? Maybe it's one of his "handyman's specials" that couldn't be fixed, so it's being sold again?

    Michael

    P.S. The Untersatz 32' was reserved for the ADC-8xxx series organs. I have one (but hasn't been delivered yet).

    Leave a comment:


  • AllenAnalog
    replied
    I saw this listing earlier today and was puzzled by the very familiar wording and the name on the seller's account. The photos have been used in a previous ebay listing - I know because I copied them back in February. The wording is exactly the same as used by the Florida gentleman but R.A. Colby is a well-known custom organ console builder in Johnson City, Tennessee. Checking the stop lists for the 7000 and the 7300, neither one had a 32' Untersatz in the published specs.

    Leave a comment:


  • don60
    replied
    Originally posted by myorgan View Post
    I wonder if he has a twin?
    I hope not. One flipper is enough.

    Leave a comment:


  • myorgan
    replied
    I wonder if he has a twin? There's an ADC-7000 on *Bay right now that has the incorrect stoplist included (photos don't agree w/listing--just check the 32' Pedal stops):
    This sale is for an Allen ADC-7000 digital organ from the mid-1980's. The starting bid is $5,000 FOB Johnson city, TN. It was a flagship three manual from the time with four 32' stops and multiple celestes. This is the equivalent of a 70-stop, 90-rank pipe organ. Included are the organ drawstop console, pedal board, 8 external speakers and bench. This is an excellent organ for a large home practice instrument or for church use-- definitely NOT a fix-me-up or handyman's special, because everything works well and it sounds splendid. This has recently been inspected by a MITA affiliated technician and all of the notes, pedals, pistons and stop controls are fully functional. The medium oak cabinet is in good condition with signs or wear commensurate with its age. Although currently functioning prior to release for shipping, the manufacturer's warranty has expired and the organ is being sold as-is and without further warranty.
    Hmmmmmm.

    Michael

    Leave a comment:


  • Nutball
    replied
    I thought I read somewhere where you said he has different accounts, can you list them if there is more than the two? I usually check where it's coming from, you should have seen it then.

    That guy probably talked his church into giving him a free organ to flip... right back to the same church. (All said in good fun)

    Leave a comment:


  • myorgan
    replied
    Folks,

    Just a quick note about Allen Organ parts being offered presently on *Bay.

    We all know about our Florida Friend (aka Florida Flipper). So, he has just listed several organ parts and pieces under the moniker Pomodoro1981 on *Bay. I only know about his alter ego because I accidentally bought a music book from him. I realized it was the same name and address when I opened the package. Personally, I will not do business with him, and was more than miffed when I realized I had been snookered.

    Live and learn.

    Michael
    Originally posted by jbird604 View Post
    I know for a fact that his organs are not all "splendid" and that they are usually "fix-me-ups" in spite of his declarations to the contrary. Because I bought one from him a couple years ago.
    [snip]
    But this "splendid" organ was filthy and had numerous problems that required a week of work before I could bring it in from the garage to the living room. So don't be fooled by his descriptions.

    Leave a comment:


  • kennyrayandersen
    replied
    Our building is about 6 years ago so that sounds about right. I agree the sound isn't that great, but it is an organ! I remember the one they installed in one of our buildings about 20 years ago (the model eludes me). I was hearing a rattle in it in the lower register so I met with the organ tech. I thiught maybe it was a problem with the speakers, but after a careful listen we determined it was a rattle in the original organ that was used in the sampling! Actually many of the buildings are VERY similar (identical actually). They build off standard plans depending on the gongregation size and function. I've visited churches in several states and you couldn't hardly tell one from another if they were build in the same era. It's all about utility. In any case I'm glad the upgraded to the 47. The 44 has been serviceable... the only problem we've had is recently when you turned it on it was transposing up nearly a full third -- that made for some interesting singing! That's been sorted so we are good to go.

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X