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  • Baldwin model 6

    Hi everyone, I've been reading this forum for a while, lots of useful info which I'm thankful for.
    I looked at all the old Baldwin model 6 threads, and while some people say the console is AGO, does that mean the pedals fall into that category as well? I could not find a definite answer on that...
    There's one for sale on Craigslist and I want to make sure I get AGO pedals for midifying.
    Thanks, and sorry if this is not the right place to post this question.

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    Welcome to the Forum! We have good people here.

    I played a 6 in a church for a year decades ago.
    It is AGO, pedals an all. Beware- at least in my experience at that church- of those "elastomeric" key contacts which can be trouble-prone... play all the keys on different stops and look for weak or missing notes.
    Didn't sound bad, back then, for a small analog organ but of course the organ had an 'assist' from the church's acoustics.

    R, Bill

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    • #3
      Originally posted by beel m View Post
      Welcome to the Forum! We have good people here.

      I played a 6 in a church for a year decades ago.
      It is AGO, pedals an all. Beware- at least in my experience at that church- of those "elastomeric" key contacts which can be trouble-prone... play all the keys on different stops and look for weak or missing notes.
      Didn't sound bad, back then, for a small analog organ but of course the organ had an 'assist' from the church's acoustics.

      R, Bill
      Thanks for the welcoming reply! I'm don't need the console, just want the pedals... Very limited space at home, and rather build a VPO.
      On a side note, is there a thread for random questions like this, I don't want to be the annoying new thread starter guy.

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      • #4
        Many of the Baldwins of this era had an AGO-like pedal board. They accomplished this by varying the height of the wood in each pedal. So, the height at each end was much taller than in the middle. I used a 5A for practice for a number of years and found I had no problem going from that to the Allen 601 at church.

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        • #5
          So would you say that even a 520 would be good for getting used to the AGO style? Because that's another option close by here, I just don't wanna jump on something I may regret.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Horseshoe_or View Post
            Many of the Baldwins of this era had an AGO-like pedal board. They accomplished this by varying the height of the wood in each pedal. So, the height at each end was much taller than in the middle. I used a 5A for practice for a number of years and found I had no problem going from that to the Allen 601 at church.
            I have a record of Gerre Hancock, WAAY back when he worked in Cincinnati, playing the Baldwin 6 and 11 organs. The record jacket and the narrative both stated that both organs followed AGO standards precisely. Back then Baldwin was an excellent company and they wouldn't have lied, and Dr Hancock wouldn't have played the organs if they had non-AGO pedalboards. So based on that, and my years of playing 6 and 11 organs, they're AGO, so not to worry :-)

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