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    There is an Allen ADC-1100-T instrument on eBay right now with a starting bid of $850 and located in Austin, Texas (near enough to be a possibility). It says it comes with Tone Cards, so apparently it has a card reader. There is no Stop List given in the ad, nor any dimensions. It does not indicate any external speakers, but does include a bench. I haven't found any description of this model on line. Does anyone know anything about them, and (assuming it plays) is that a reasonable starting bid?

    David

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    This is the same stoplist as the ADC3100. The manual for it is at http://www.allenorgan.com/www/suppor..._2100_3100.pdf.

    It is inherently a self-contained audio system (with presence projectors build into the stop rail), with dual memory blind programmable presets; single expression shoe; uses MADC alterable cards.

    In good working condition, I think that's a good opening bid. These types of organs sell near me from dealers (with delivery and warranty) for $3,000 to $4,000.

    In particular, I find this entire series of organs (MADC) to have a very easy-to-register stoplist. It's just hard to make a bad combination on these organs--they got the balance between stops perfect.

    There is, however, also an Allen MDS-8 on ebay starting at $1000--it's a better deal, in my opinion: 4-memory moving stop combination action, console controller, and full MIDI functions; divided expression. Although it does not have alterable voices, it does have 3 percussion stops. It's a worthy contender, too.

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    • #3
      I have received a response from the seller, who also referred me to that Allen document. In reviewing that information, and some other I was able to find, I have concluded that this model, even though ADC, does not use the ADC type Tone Cards but rather the later version that only acts as switches for data stored in the machine. I am specifically wanting an Allen where I can "play" with Tone Cards (fancy that!) and therefore this would not be what I need. It's a shame, too, because it sounds like a very nice instrument and is close enough that I could reasonably get it transported.

      The MDS-8, not having Alterable Voices, is also not in my radar. I will keep looking.

      Thanks for your response.

      David

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      • #4
        Originally posted by davidecasteel View Post
        . . .I have concluded that this model, even though ADC, does not use the ADC type Tone Cards but rather the later version that only acts as switches for data stored in the machine. I am specifically wanting an Allen where I can "play" with Tone Cards (fancy that!) and therefore this would not be what I need. . . .
        David,

        You are right. You'll notice that the cards (if pictured) are silver rather than colored or paper.

        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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        • #5
          David,

          Just to play around with card reader sounds, all you need is an old MOS1 organ. They are available pretty cheap these days if you keep your eyes open.
          John
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          • #6
            Yeah, jbird, I know. With the hand punch I have, it would be much easier to create MOS cards, too (no punches in adjacent columns in MOS). I'm in no hurry, but I don't have the ability to handle transport over long distances very well.

            David

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