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  • Free Rodgers Organ - Northern BC, Canada

    The Dawson Creek United Church has a two-manual plus pedals Rodgers Cambridge 220 electronic organ which they need to give away to a good home. It is freely available to whoever wants to remove it. I am no longer living in the area but I understand that it was still in use up until a year or so ago when it was put into storage, however the person storing the organ is moving house.

    These Rodgers organs were extremely well made - the quality of design, manufacture and construction of the cabinetry, stops, manuals and pedalboards and switches is excellent. As such they are great candidates for creating high-quality virtual organs. The specifications of interest are as follows:
    • Two 61-note keyboards, with gold-on-gold single contact diode keying
    • 32-note concave and radiating pedalboard, with magnetic reed-switch keying
    • Two expression pedals, correctly divided by division:
      Swell expression; Great and Pedal expression
    • Tutti piston and toe stud, with indicator light
    • Lighted plexiglass music rack folds down and stores under roll-top
    • Matching bench and locking roll-top
    • Crescendo pedal, with illuminated position indicator
    • "ON/OFF switch with indicator light
    • PRESET ACTION-Six preset pistons arranged in ascending order of dynamic level
      SETTERBOARD ACTION-Four adjustable pistons for each division; four collective general pistons; adjustment of pistons by switches in a drawer beneath the Great Manual.
      COMPUTER CAPTURE ACTION-Four adjustable pistons for each division; six Independently adjustable general pistons; adjustment of pistons by a Set Button under the Great Manual.
    • Electrically-reversible stop tablets (approximately Great = 18, Swell = 18, Pedal= 16, Tremulants + Echo = 5
    • DIMENSIONS: Height (music rack folded down): 130 cm (50-1/4")
      Width: 155 cm (61-1/8")
      Depth without pedalboard: 92 cm (36-1/8")
      Depth with pedalboard: 138 cm (531/4")
      Console Weight: 835 pounds
    To create a fully operational virtual organ, alll you have to do is strip out all of the large the PCB assemblies for the tone generation and audio preamp/filter PCB assemblies and do the following:
    • install MIDI encoders and connect to the key switches of the manuals and pedalboard
    • install MIDI encoders connect to the stop tab (reed) switches, toe stud switches and preset push-button switches
    • install MIDI decoder/drivers for the solenoids on the electrically reversible stop controls
    • install a computer with OS and Hauptwerk (or jOrgan) application software along with sample sets or sound fonts and configure the parameters, etc
    • install a multichannel high-quality USB Audio + MIDI Interface for use with headphones or amplifiers and speakers
    I can supply connection diagrams for a virtual organ conversion project completed about 10 years ago on a similar model Rodgers organ which has been successfully used as a practice organ with Hauptwerk. A copy of the technical/service manual for the original Rodgers organ is also available.

    Eric
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