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  • Allen Model 203-B Pedal Question

    I just picked up a beautiful one owner Allen 203-B and four speakers, 32A, 32B, 16-1 and an unknown speaker with a single 15" woofer.

    Since I'm currently in a small apartment, I turned down the gain on all three internal amplifiers, so as not to annoy the neighbors too much. My question is this: Each time I depress a pedal, the reed switch for that pedal makes a tiny but noticeable 'Chirp' sound. The switches did this before I put the pedals onto the console, I tested them using a small magnet when I first brought the organ home, so its not an issue with pedals rubbing something. I don't seem to hear it on every pedal, but I do on most. Is this Chirp sound normal?

    If it is normal, I'll assume that simply playing at a normal volume would mask the sound. Perhaps I should turn the gain back up a tad, my building is pretty solid. The worst thing that can happen is I might be asked to leave LOL and then I'll rent a little house again :-)

    Other than this minor issue the organ plays beautifully, and is in very nice shape. The former owners were a small Methodist church that purchased the organ new. I found the original purchase proposal and other papers in the bench when I got it home.

    Any thoughts are truly appreciated. And Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!!

    Jim
    I'm so poor, my cats get free health care!

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    Yes, the 'chirp' or 'ping' is the sound of the reed switch. It happens when the reed switch opens as the pedal is released.

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    • #3
      Thank you Momboc, I thought that it was just the sound of the reed switch, but it feels good to have it confirmed.

      I'll just play louder so I don't hear it!
      I'm so poor, my cats get free health care!

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