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  • Looking for organ model advice

    I currently own an Allen T12b with 1 Gyro and 1 antiphonal speaker. Even though I hate to part with the old girl, (she works like the day she left the factory) I'm looking to upgrade. I'm thinking I would like to stay with Allen. They have done me well. My budget, unfortunately screams used as opposed to new. I'm looking for pipe organ sound. Ideally, if possible I'd like to have internal speakers since I live in a smaller apartment and every inch of space is valuable. (Small wall hung speakers may work though) Also, as I have a roommate who works an overnight shift and has to sleep during the part of the day that I would like to be practicing, a headphone jack would be very helpful. Any suggestions of models and an idea of a fair price I should expect to pay?
    At home: Allen T12 B, At church: Patrick Murphy Pipe organ. The console is a rebuilt Moller.

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    How many manuals? How complete a disposition? What price range? If you can let us know the answers to these questions as well as any other requirements (in addition to the above), we can better advise you.

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    • #3
      I guess the easiest way to answer that Is that I would love to have Allen's new Hisorique, but have a budget of around 3,000 - 5,000.
      At home: Allen T12 B, At church: Patrick Murphy Pipe organ. The console is a rebuilt Moller.

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      • #4
        The MADC models would fit your requirements nicely, I think: ADC1160 would be an excellent choice; 2 channels, self contained, divided expression, full combination action. Look for one with a card reader. MIDI was an option, but it is just note on/off as implemented by the factory. I'd stick with 2 channels if you have to have headphones--it's a much simpler conversion than if you have to mix channels. Digital reverb is a highly recommended addition (if not already installed). Even the 3-digit ADC models would be nice, but the specification is smaller with more borrowing between keyboards, and card readers were not an option.

        You might also be able to find a smaller bargain priced MDS model in your range.

        And, so you know, MADC models were labelled ADC, and are those models with model numbers 3160 and lower.

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        • #5
          I second Toodles' suggestion. If you're into a larger instrument, the ADC X300 series (i.e. 4300, 5300, 6300, etc.) were, in my opinion, some of the best sound they had. However, the speakers weren't internal--they were external on those models. Toodles' models would be right in the range, but may not be large enough for what you want.

          I would also suggest the ADC-420 or ADC-520 models. They had internal speakers, and the sounds were good too.

          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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          • #6
            There is an MDS-15 listed on the AGO classified ads for $5,500. http://www.agohq.org/classified-ads/

            Also, an AP-3 for $3,900.

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            • #7
              Thank you to Toodles and myorgan. Looking into what I can find using your suggestions. Thank you for the advice.
              At home: Allen T12 B, At church: Patrick Murphy Pipe organ. The console is a rebuilt Moller.

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