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  • Largest Allen Organ Ever?

    I ran across this newsletter showing a 232-stop five manual MDS organ:

    http://www.allenorganstudios.com/New...essee_1995.pdf

    Does anyone know whether this instrument is still installed and playing? Does anyone know whether Allen has ever built a larger one?

    Don

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    If that church has an organ at all, one would not know it by going to its web site. They talk about a 300-voice Adult Choir and a 60-piece orchestra, but not a word about an organ.

    David

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    • #3
      So the Praise Band has been replaced by the Praise Orchestra. That's some progress, I suppose.

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      • #4
        I ran across one youtube video of the organ. Doesn't seem like they use it much.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6_ZObz3oU4
        "The employment of the piano is forbidden in church, as is also that of noisy frivolous instruments such as drums, cymbals, bells and the like." St. Pius X

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        • #5
          The largest Allen to date that I know of is Bellvue Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN... I am certain that is their largest organ ever built. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhcv9TOZk4c

          http://www.allenorgan.com/www/produc...mbellevue.html

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          • #6
            The big Allen at Bellevue Baptist, Memphis TN, is said to be the largest one Allen ever built, IIRC. It has more "stops" but it is Renaissance technology, which unfortunately uses far more unification than the older MDS systems did, so maybe there aren't as many truly individual stops/ranks. Here's a link:

            http://www.allenorgan.com/www/instal...014/page1.html

            Not sure if this one is being played any more. The church has gone through a lot of changes since their long-time pastor is gone.
            John
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            • #7
              Looks like we were thinking in parallel and posting at the same time, organdude! Thanks for the additional link.
              John
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              • #8
                Thanks for the information, John. The stoplist just boggles the mind, but as you say it does not represent 300+ individual speaking stops--more of them than not seem to say "Extension of . . ." next to them. Still, this is a very impressive disposition.

                Don


                Originally posted by jbird604 View Post
                The big Allen at Bellevue Baptist, Memphis TN, is said to be the largest one Allen ever built, IIRC. It has more "stops" but it is Renaissance technology, which unfortunately uses far more unification than the older MDS systems did, so maybe there aren't as many truly individual stops/ranks. Here's a link:

                http://www.allenorgan.com/www/instal...014/page1.html

                Not sure if this one is being played any more. The church has gone through a lot of changes since their long-time pastor is gone.

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                • #9
                  What kind of reed stops are "Gabriel's Trumpet" and "Millennial Trumpet" (one of the pictures in the Bellevue organ link)? I don't see them listed in the organ stop encyclopedia.
                  John
                  Allen MDS-317 at home / Allen AP-16 at Church / Allen ADC-3100 at the stake center

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sadatoni View Post
                    What kind of reed stops are "Gabriel's Trumpet" and "Millennial Trumpet" (one of the pictures in the Bellevue organ link)? I don't see them listed in the organ stop encyclopedia.
                    I don't know, but I hope I'm not around when they are played! (I'm not really eager for the Last Trump!)

                    flashguy

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                    • #11
                      At least its not Donald's Trump.
                      Larry K

                      Hammond A-3 System, Celviano for piano practice
                      Retired: Hammond BV+22H+DR-20, Hammond L-102, M-3, S-6, H-112, B-2+21H+PR-40, B-3+21H, Hammond Aurora Custom, Colonnade.

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                      • #12
                        I have a brochure of this organ somewhere. The Millennial Trumpet is a high-powered solo reed with the speakers located in the rear gallery ceiling (if memory serves me right)... I have never heard the organ in person, just on youtube. I doubt if they even use it. My father was an Austin Rep. Because the church did want a pipe organ. But the chambers were to small and too far apart. The church certainly had the money for a pipe organ. I could only imagine how that bloody Allen cost! LOL!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by davidecasteel View Post
                          I don't know, but I hope I'm not around when they are played! (I'm not really eager for the Last Trump!)
                          Why not, David? I know where I'm going, and I'm looking forward to getting there!O:-)

                          Michael
                          Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
                          • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
                          • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
                          • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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                          • #14
                            Michael, I, too, know where I'm going, but I'm not eager to rush things. Besides, I think God still has something He wants me to do (because He's had several opportunities to bring me to Him already).

                            David

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                            • #15
                              Dittos to that!!
                              Originally posted by myorgan View Post
                              Why not, David? I know where I'm going, and I'm looking forward to getting there!O:-)

                              Michael

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