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  • Johannus Opus 370 #4 - summation for now

    It's now been 15 days since I took delivery on my organ, and herewith are some observations and what-not that I said I would post at this point. I am open to questions at any time from anyone regarding this organ, but this is my last specific post about it (as I'm sure a few members are probably glad about!)

    As I mentioned in an earlier post, the samples are superb, though with the "Historic" and "Baroque" samples, there is a distinct, slight "Dutch accent" to the sounds - not surprising. It is just as nice for all that, of course. I could talk at length about what is wonderful with each sample group, but I think it is more valuable to most readers to know what, if anything I don't like about them. #1? This is a 42 stop instrument representing (on my particular instrument) 56 ranks. FIfty-six ranks is a medium sized cathedral organ! Yet there is not one single 4' reed anywhere on the organ. That is a head-scratcher for me - did they actually have a reason for doing it that way?

    #2 The sixteen foot Great and Pedal reeds are Contra Trumpets. Excellent specimens, and voiced correctly, but to me, in the world of 16' reeds - especially pedal reeds - the Contra Trumpet is low man on the totem pole. I'd much rather have had a Posaune or Bombarde in the pedal. They work well for the purposes intended, but . . . And there is also a very nice 16' Fagotto in the swell that serves nicely as a light pedal reed for things like trios, etc.

    The pedal board would be a whole post in itself. I have a list of the exact AGO specs, and in all the really important ones, this pedalboard is spot-on. But it seems to me, with no other organ to check it against anywhere near me, that the space between the top surface of any natural, and the distance from that top surface to the "body" of the flat or sharp key next to it is very small (about 3/4 of an inch). Though I practiced on keyboard every day before getting this instrument, it had been 10+ years since I had had my feet on a pedalboard. Maybe they are all like that, and I just don't remember it.

    The tracker touch keyboards: It gets better. I am just about at the point now where I would, electively, take them over all others. I mentioned in my first post how they facilitated rapid passage work - oh yes, big time. The other side of that coin is that I am re-learning legato touch with these keys on a day-by-day basis, but it keeps improving.

    Bottom line: Would I recommend this instrument to a friend? Yes, I would. I still feel that Johannus, in their "Opus" line, is the best of all the makers in the area of "bang for the buck", not that this instrument is inexpensive - it is not. But if you are thinking of making the plunge for your own home, it is well worth your time to try the Johannus home instruments (the Studio, Opus and Vivaldi lines). I am not connected to the Johannus company in any way except that I bough one of their organs, and I am a happy camper about it!

    Tony
    Last edited by Melos Antropon; 03-13-2018, 05:14 PM.
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    Tony,

    thanks for for taking the time to share your observations. Congratulations on receiving the new organ.

    as you know, I am also looking for an organ, and the Opus is on my radar. I was going to look at your instrument but now have to wait until he receives a new one. I am also interested in one of the the new Rodgers models.

    on the 370, are you able to mix voices from the several samples or are you locked into a set once selected? Also, can you add voices via USB or other means?. Also, it looks like there are no chimes or other orchestral type stops if I am not mistaken. Not necessarily a deal breaker for me, but the Inspire 233 has all this (of course for $10k more than the 370)

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      Excellent points, Tony. Thanks for your observations. Actually, many of us love hearing about the organs that we all play, and will read whatever you wish to offer regarding your experiences with that instrument. It was thoughtful of you to mention those few items that you like least, very interesting! Those are the kinds of observations that might help people the most in the long run. We all realize that every organ purchase is a compromise in some way, you never get exactly what you want. But knowing the specific short-comings of a given make and model can be very helpful in the decision-making process, and also give us something to consider no matter what organ we might be looking at. So keep up the good work and post all you want!

      I have mentioned that I worked with a local dealer in the installation and voicing of a few Johannus organs back between 10 and 15 years ago, and that some of the last ones I dealt with look very much like yours. I know that the last one I voiced was an Opus model, a two-manual, and it had stored in its own memory five complete sample sets, roughly arranged into different "suites" like Baroque, Classic, French, etc. I don't recall the exact names. But I do seem to recall that with the voicing software, Intonat, I was able to shift the samples around and "plug in" any given sample into the default stop list. So it MAY be that there is way for you to pick up a good Bombarde from one of the other suites to make it the default 16' pedal reed, for example.

      Interesting too that there is no 4' reed. I don't know that there is any cure for that though!
      John
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        Originally posted by Casavant Fan View Post
        Tony,

        thanks for for taking the time to share your observations. Congratulations on receiving the new organ.

        as you know, I am also looking for an organ, and the Opus is on my radar. I was going to look at your instrument but now have to wait until he receives a new one. I am also interested in one of the the new Rodgers models.

        on the 370, are you able to mix voices from the several samples or are you locked into a set once selected? Also, can you add voices via USB or other means?. Also, it looks like there are no chimes or other orchestral type stops if I am not mistaken. Not necessarily a deal breaker for me, but the Inspire 233 has all this (of course for $10k more than the 370)

        Thanks you for the good wishes, CVF. No, once you select a palette of voices,you are locked into those until you switch to another. And you cannot switch instantly - there is about a four second wait in between each set when you switch. You can add voices through MIDI (there is a MIDI tab in each division), but - and this surprised me too, because it is such an exception among today's organs - there is no USB in/out on the instrument at all. And you are correct in that there are no chimes or harp. You are also very correct that they come on the Inspire 233 - but that's ten grand more! For an additional ten grand, I could have gotten a Vivaldi - which has all of those standard, as well as several orchestral voices.

        Tony
        Last edited by Melos Antropon; 03-13-2018, 06:33 PM.
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          Originally posted by jbird604 View Post
          I have mentioned that I worked with a local dealer in the installation and voicing of a few Johannus organs back between 10 and 15 years ago, and that some of the last ones I dealt with look very much like yours. I know that the last one I voiced was an Opus model, a two-manual, and it had stored in its own memory five complete sample sets, roughly arranged into different "suites" like Baroque, Classic, French, etc. I don't recall the exact names. But I do seem to recall that with the voicing software, Intonat, I was able to shift the samples around and "plug in" any given sample into the default stop list. So it MAY be that there is way for you to pick up a good Bombarde from one of the other suites to make it the default 16' pedal reed, for example.
          Well, through the dealer I purchased this organ from, I get one "no charge" visit from their voicer during the first 365 days I own it - and I am intending in the fall to take advantage of that - between now and then I will be jotting down "notes" as they occur to me to have him do. And I certainly will ask him if the current Intonat software allows for that - that's a good idea, John, thanks!
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