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    Last year I downsized to a smaller house. I had a pipe/digital organ in the previous house and have posted in this forum numerous times. I elected not to move the pipe organ. The digital ranks without the pipes were not good. I converted the MIDI console to a VPO. I just finished the project. Allen

    Here is a link to a photo of the installation.

    http://www.organforum.com/gallery/di..._display_media

  • #2
    It's amusing to me that is your downsized version... :) I'm not a fan of virtual organs but your setup looks very impressive (and undoubtedly sounds great too).

    What speakers and amps do you have?
    Viscount C400 3-manual
    8 channels + 2 reverb channels (w/ Lexicon MX200)
    Klipsch RSX-3 speakers and Klipsch Ultra 5.1 subwoofers

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rjsilva View Post
      It's amusing to me that is your downsized version... :) I'm not a fan of virtual organs but your setup looks very impressive (and undoubtedly sounds great too).

      What speakers and amps do you have?
      It's downsized because in the previous house, the pipe organ and mechanicals were in one room and the console was in another room. The organ spoke from one room to the other through a grille covering swell shutters. In the new house, everything is in one room. Speakers are Allen -- 2 B-40s and 6 HC-15s. Amps are Allen ADC -- 8 channels, 800 watts.

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      • #4
        This is a beautifully done job--hope it sounds as good as it looks!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by toodles View Post
          This is a beautifully done job--hope it sounds as good as it looks!
          Thank you! I'm pleased with the sound. The project was much easier than I expected. Allen

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          • #6
            If you're able, I'm sure more than just me would be interested in hearing a little bit of what it sounds like.
            Viscount C400 3-manual
            8 channels + 2 reverb channels (w/ Lexicon MX200)
            Klipsch RSX-3 speakers and Klipsch Ultra 5.1 subwoofers

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            • #7
              You have done a beautiful job with that, Allen. The Allen "B" console is a classic and still looks as grand as it did 50 years ago. Nice speaker towers too. All you need now is a set of Conn "pipes" like mine! (just kidding)

              If the sound is pleasing to you, it must be super nice. I'm curious to know what sample set you use, and what are the specs of your computer system.
              John
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              • #8
                Originally posted by jbird604 View Post
                You have done a beautiful job with that, Allen. The Allen "B" console is a classic and still looks as grand as it did 50 years ago. Nice speaker towers too. All you need now is a set of Conn "pipes" like mine! (just kidding)

                If the sound is pleasing to you, it must be super nice. I'm curious to know what sample set you use, and what are the specs of your computer system.
                John,

                I'm using the 1928 E.M. Skinner sample set (dry). I have two additional sample sets, but the Skinner quality is superior to the others. The Skinner ranks are very similar to the engraved console stoptabs so I rarely have to look at the monitor. In a previous post, I was trying to decide if I should replace the Allen B-40s with Allen B-20s to save space, but I didn't. When I loaded the speaker cabinets into the towers, I changed the speaking direction of the B-40s and I now have enough bass.

                Specs for the iMac are: 21.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display; 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz; Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200; 16GB 1867MHz LPDDR3; 1TB Fusion Drive.

                I had a local woodcraft shop fabricate the speaker towers. To reduce the cost, the towers are birch instead of walnut like the console, but color matched to the console. They are on rollers so they can be easily moved from the wall.

                I posted a better photo to my gallery. Here is the link: http://www.organforum.com/gallery/di..._display_media

                Allen
                Last edited by Moller Artiste; 11-28-2016, 08:04 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Moller Artiste View Post
                  Last year I downsized to a smaller house. I had a pipe/digital organ in the previous house and have posted in this forum numerous times. I elected not to move the pipe organ. The digital ranks without the pipes were not good. I converted the MIDI console to a VPO. I just finished the project. Allen

                  Here is a link to a photo of the installation.

                  http://www.organforum.com/gallery/di..._display_media
                  I replaced the photo. Here is the new link: http://www.organforum.com/gallery/di..._display_media

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