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What used Allen model would be a good home organ?

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  • What used Allen model would be a good home organ?

    I like the ADC series the most, but what else might be good? Know of any ADCs for sale?

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    What State are you located in? When we know that, perhaps I can find one for you through my sources. For example, there's an ADC-2000 on eBay right now, but you could probably hold out for better. An ADC-420 or ADC-520 isn't a bad starter instrument (w/o princess pedals). They were used frequently for military chapels and while they had blind capture action, they were at least settable and had card readers. The tabs worked as well.

    Looking forward to helping you find something.


    P.S. Don't discount the lower-end MDS instruments either. They are newer and may be MIDI compatible.
    Last edited by myorgan; 04-25-2013, 03:27 PM.
    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


    • #3
      To my knowledge, all MDS organs had complete MIDI. The ones with console controller provided easier use of MIDI features. ADC only had MIDI note on/off and MIDI was pretty much optional, so they don't all have it.

      ADC organs sound good to me, as do the MDS series.


      • #4
        I'm in Virginia. I am aware of the ADC-2000 on ebay right now.


        • #5
          That's an MADC-2110, quite a good organ. Not too many years ago we sold one of those for $10K used! Of course our price was delivered to a church two hours away, installed and voiced, with after-sales service and a full warranty. Still seems like the $2350 he's asking is quite reasonable for such a full-featured model. It has a real moving-tab capture action with dual memories, not a blind system or simple presets. And the MADC-2 generator system produces excellent sound with only minor sharing of stops among the divisions.

          I have to wonder why he couldn't at least vacuum and dust the console before taking pictures though. It looks really nasty if you use the zoom feature to have a close look at the console!

          You should be aware that buying any organ without a warranty is at least a little risky because parts and labor to repair any digital organ can be quite expensive. Since he's had this one checked out by a tech, it probably all works, but organs of that age are certainly due for some serious maintenance and cleaning, which this one may or may not have had.
          *** Please post your questions about technical service or repair matters ON THE FORUM. Do not send your questions to me or another member by private message. Information shared is for the benefit of the entire organ community, but other folks will not be helped by information we exchange in private messages!