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  • Don Hustad Organ Used for Rodgers Recording

    Does anyone know what model Rodgers Organ Donald Hustad used to record his album: Don Hustad Plays The Majestic Rodgers Organ? Most of the pieces from that album (if not all) come from his compilation in the collection: The Complete Works of Don Hustad. Of course some of his works aren't in that compilation, but most are. That recording gave me great insights into the registrations the composer would use.

    Which brings me to my question, I've always wondered what model organ he used for the recording. Was it a Rodgers 990 or some other model?

    Michael
    Way too many organs to list, but I do have 5 Allens:
    • MOS-2 Model 505-B / ADC-4300-DK / ADC-5400 / ADC-6000 (Symphony) / ADC-8000DKC
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  • #2
    The back cover indicates it is located in the 1st Christian Church in Wichita Falls, Texas. The stoplist and console would be a custom model, as far as I can tell. Here's a link to the back cover image, though fuzzy, you can read it: https://img.discogs.com/zj6QGjTXYz7T...-8137.jpeg.jpg

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    • myorgan
      myorgan commented
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      Thanks, Toodles. The *Bay listing shows the back cover even more clearly, but the model isn't listed. I wonder how much different it is than a 990–or is there another model that's closer?

      Michael

  • #3
    Here is the 990 Brochure. Heritage 990.pdf

    You can compare the stoplist with the back cover image (use zoom to enlarge to read the stoplist for the custom organ); looks like the pedals have a softer reed chorus in addition to the usual trompette base chorus (16 Fagotto, 8 Krummhorn, 4 Rohrschalmei); swell has some extra and different reeds; choir looks to have a larger reed selection and additional flues. Also, would have the expanded 32 ft pedal stops that were optional on the 990, and the fanfare trumpet option.

    Really, no other models through the late 1970's would be closer to a custom model than the 990 as it was the largest stock model up until about the 925 and 350/950 models. The sound would probably be pretty close to the 990 as the full organ combinations would be about the same--the stop difference would be more apparent in softer registrations where the alternate reeds would provide more variation in tone color.

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    • myorgan
      myorgan commented
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      Excellent information to have, Toodles. Thank you for the analysis too, as it helps non-Rodgers people put a frame around the voicing differences between the two models.

      Michael

      P.S. I wonder what the Viole/Viole Celeste & Unda Maris II on the Choir would sound like together?

  • #4
    The combined celestes would be a warm mish-mash of undulation--analog organs were excellent at sloshery, as one commentator once dubbed celestes. Even better than most digital organs' celeste voices. Rodgers usually used a soft diapason for their string celeste voices, so the effect wasn't quite as bright as true string celeste--virtually the same way Allen did it in the analog years--and it's really a very nice celeste effect. The flute celeste voices on analog Rodgers organs was stellar.

    One prominent theatre organist dubbed the flute celeste, "the voice of God"--and I agree, when he is whispering. Although it doesn't follow most pipe organ designs, I always have believed the flute celeste is the best celeste voice to have if you can only have one--you can always add a string to have a brighter celeste and still maintain the undulation. Most organists disagree with me, but I maintain my opinion.

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    • #5
      Like Toodles says, based on that picture Don's organ is no garden variety Rodgers for the time. it definitely has a larger stop set than even the fully optioned 990.

      The 990 is an interesting instrument that really does not like to have all of it's stops pulled at one time. It just gets to heavy to play with hardly any decent sound, or intonation at all remaining. More channels of audio may have helped, or even the option of tube powered amplifiers over the solid state units of the time period.

      To play a 990 well, and get the best sound out of it, you have to think like a minimalist using smaller stop sets, with plenty of pitch diversity between the manuals. Couplers on the 990 can be your friend if used in sparing moderation. It's unfortunate that the optional stop set really gave little to the instrument, other than a higher price tag, because for playing purposes they are worthless very harsh, loud reeds; and if you follow them into the foot board division, even the Rodgers factory sub-woofers can not handle the intonation.
      Until The Next Dimension,
      Admiral Coluch.

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      • beel m
        beel m commented
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        My wife's church has a 990. It sounds OK in a large building, but one must remember there's extensive unification and borrowing (the whole Swell division except celestes comes from one tone generator, for example) and the G/C/P flutes are just sine waves. So, you have to register carefully.

    • #6
      The 990 never sounded good in the church. You had to over register it to get a proper amount of sound in the building, and the 990 just can not go there. It has to be carefully registered, by a minimalist. It sounds way better here at home where it can play much more reserved. I would have loved to have heard a live Virgil Fox Heavy Organ concert. Black Beauty was the first iteration of the 990. The 990 pretty much was designed voice wise by Virgil Fox.
      Until The Next Dimension,
      Admiral Coluch.

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      • toodles
        toodles commented
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        In my opinion, the 990 did not make good use of its tonal resources--as Beel indicated, the entire swell has a single set of oscillators, except for celeste voices. Rodgers organs of the 1980's did better with fewer sets of oscillators, and tended to have more individual keyers in the larger models. Also, it took a long time for Rodgers to adopt extensive use of phase shift tremulants (which they did in the 1980's models) which permitted sharing of oscillators without sharing of trems.

      • beel m
        beel m commented
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        Small correction... Black Beauty had -14- tone generators and was, IIRC, keyed oscillators. The 990 has -5- of which two are just for celestes (Swell and Choir, one each).
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