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    I recently purchased a Baldwin Cinema II for use as a home practice organ. My existing instrument, a Yamaha Electone E10AR, I was going to give away or toss out. I made an offer to donate it to a local church after discovering that they have a worn-out and unreliable old spinet-style organ, and an old drawbar organ, which doesn't look too healthy either. My old Yamaha is better than their existing instrument, but is still far from the ideal.

    Does anyone else have experience of donating instruments to churches/chapels? I know that most of us seem to acquire practice instruments as old organs being thrown out by churches.
    Martin Hartley
    Choral Scholar at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, Australia
    Student at Campion College, Australia
    Assistant Organist at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, Merrylands, Australia

    The Novice Organist: http://noviceorganist.blogspot.com.au

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    Since I play in a praise band and since our church has no organ, and since I am running out of room, I am bringing my A-100 to the church. I asked my pastor if it was o.k. and he said yes as long as it was only one
    organ. He said that at his previous assignment there were 7 organs donated all at once!
    '60 A-100, Neo Ventilator, Kurzweil PC1x, Yamaha Clavinova, GSI/VB3, Reaper daw, Kontakt 5, 1907 Knabe upright. Formerly owned Rhodes Mark I.

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    • #3
      Those who have served on church boards will be familiar with the difficulty of refusing unwanted donations without offending the donor. Just be sure that the church really wants and needs the donation. Has the organist requested a practice instrument? Is there a chapel without an organ? I remember a retirement home that had a pair of Hammond organs that they were holding on to until the owner passed on. Then they could dispose of the excess consoles without ruffling any feathers. Same goes for used sofas.

      If the donation fills a real need then by all means go ahead with it.
      http://www.nwmidi.com

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      • #4
        After the Parish priest and the resident music co-ordinator looked at the photos they both eagerly accepted. The two instruments that they have there are both destined for the dump.
        Martin Hartley
        Choral Scholar at St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta, Australia
        Student at Campion College, Australia
        Assistant Organist at St Margaret Mary's Catholic Church, Merrylands, Australia

        The Novice Organist: http://noviceorganist.blogspot.com.au

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        • #5
          Originally posted by hartleymartin View Post
          After the Parish priest and the resident music co-ordinator looked at the photos they both eagerly accepted. The two instruments that they have there are both destined for the dump.
          Perhaps the church should be persuaded to list the old ones in CL as "pick-up for free before (deadline date)" in case somebody is looking for one of them for spares, etc.
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          Hammond M-102 #21000.
          Leslie 147 #F7453.
          Hammond S-6 #72421

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          • #6
            I'm glad the Yamaha found a home where it was wanted. I came within a few days of hauling a big Yamaha 415 spinet to the dump several years ago, and that would have been a hard trip.
            http://www.nwmidi.com

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