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    Hello,

    My "new to me" Allen 3100 organ will be delivered tomorrow.

    I purchased the organ from a church that used it for a temporary instrument due to a remodel/renovation of their sanctuary. They have a large pipe organ in the sanctuary and needed a secondary instrument for the temporary worship space.

    The organ is coming from Texas to my home in Georgia via a private transporter that was recommended to me on here.

    Is there anything that I need to "do" to the organ upon delivery?

    The seller had mentioned that the key contacts may need to be cleaned. How would I go about doing this?

    I had posted a previous thread about connecting two Conn pipe speakers for use as antiphonal -- so I may need some guidance with that. I am almost positive that there is not a tab for "antiphonal on" on the organ. I am trying to avoid a service call from my "local" Allen dealer due to the distance involved. They charge per mile, per hour, a call fee and whatever labor and parts are -- and I am over 50 miles one way. I know they have to make a living -- but I am going to try and hold off on having them come out as long as I can!

    The 4 speakers that are coming with the organ do need the surrounds replaced on the mid-ranges -- so I know I will want to do that down the road.

    I purchased a set of Maas Cathedral chimes that are being picked up along the way from the transporter. I am beginning to think I need my head examined -- but I did get them for a very good price. I already know that some of the components are missing such as the key contacts for the chimes (I was told that key contacts were used to play the chimes - not a separate 21 note keyboard - and the original console has been removed several years ago), most likely the switch for the console. I have tried to get a price on the components from Organ Supply Industries -- but they will not sell to me since I am not a builder or tech, etc. I have contacted two builders in GA about purchasing the items for the chimes -- but I have not had any reply. So, I may need someone on here to possibly help me with that! The chimes may end up being wall art....... :-)

    The Maas Cathedral chimes will be an on-going project as funds become available! :)

    Thanks,
    Geoffrey
    Rodgers W5000 --- home (currently at church)
    Rodgers MX200 module --- home (currently at church)
    Kawai UST7 studio piano --- home

  • #2
    Gepffrey,

    I sent you a PM last week about your chimes. Check your inbox.

    Michael

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    • #3
      Hey Michael,

      I checked my inbox -- nothing there.

      I did get a notification that my mailbox was full -- so I deleted most of the messages. Maybe you sent the message when my mailbox was full and it did not come through?

      Thanks,
      Geoffrey
      Rodgers W5000 --- home (currently at church)
      Rodgers MX200 module --- home (currently at church)
      Kawai UST7 studio piano --- home

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      • #4
        Congratulations on the new acquisition. I think you will like the ADC-3100 a lot.

        Key contacts probably will not need cleaning so don't worry about that unless you encounter problems. Allen used either leaf contact flat blade switches or sealed reed switches for the key contacts. If the latter, they never need cleaning. If the former type you need to get a contact burnishing tool like for relay contacts. Come back to the forum if that turns out to be necessary.

        The 3100 has very good internal chimes, so you may not want to bother with the Maas chimes at all. If you do want to use them, contact Klann Organ Supply, as they would probably purchase a contact rail from OSI and resell it to you. Peterson might also do the same, or perhaps they sell their own (likely). The "switch" for the chimes would be nothing special, just a rotary switch with a position for each chimes voltage--just make sure it is rated for the current. The chimes transformer should have a VA rating, and divide that by the highest chimes voltage tap to get the maximum current. Allow some extra for safety factor, but realize that the switch will probably never be changed while you are actually holding down a chimes note, so it doesn't actually have to make or break the current.

        Make sure you use a surge protector on the organ--it may come with one or get a Tripp-Lite Isobar unit.

        There definitely should be rocker tabs for Main Organ Off and Antiphonal Organ On--but the relays to do the switching may or may not have been installed. Conn pipe speakers are not suitable for the antiphonal unless supplemented with other speakers to handle the bass fequency range.

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