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    Hi All,
    Does anybody know of any good books about pipe organs? I am interested in the the building and technical side of things. If anyone has suggestion, please write back.
    Thanks,
    PT
    Allen MDC Classic 42
    Neronde Flo Tone Electric Accordion

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    http://www.amazon.com/The-American-C.../dp/0913499056

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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply.
      Allen MDC Classic 42
      Neronde Flo Tone Electric Accordion

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      • #4
        The "standard literature" is Barnes: "The Contemporary American Organ," Sumner: "The Organ: It's Evolution, Principles of Construction and Use" Audsley: "The Art of Organbuilding" Ochse: The History of the Organ in The United States" Irwin: "Dictionary of Pipe Organ Stops"

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        • #5
          Thanks. I'll see if the library has them. If not, I'll look into buying them.
          Allen MDC Classic 42
          Neronde Flo Tone Electric Accordion

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          • #6
            You might also find this on-line source interesting: http://www.organstops.org/

            David

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            • #7
              Audsley is the easiest to find and gives a good, complete overview. Accesible reading if you can get over his pedantic style. But please place it in context: 19th-early 20th century when the ideal organ was one that was loud, muddy and incapable of counterpoint.

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              • #8
                Also try http://archive.org and search for what you need. Some older, out-of-print, copyright-free books and materials are available there.

                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
                • Lowrey Heritage (DSO-1)
                • 11 Pump Organs, 1 Pipe Organ & 7 Pianos

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                • #9
                  I have one titled "the European organ" at home. The author's name escapes me, I will post it later this evening.

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                  • #10
                    Peter Williams is the author of that one.

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                    • #11
                      I have a book from the late 50's about organ building, styles, and maintenance. I will edit this with the title and more details.

                      Edit: "The Organ in Church Design" by Joseph Blanton, was published in 1957. It is most likely out of print though, so you will have to search for it. It is a very thick book, but it has much information.
                      Last edited by Duff48; 12-25-2012, 06:23 AM. Reason: Added Book Info.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Terpodion View Post
                        The "standard literature" is Barnes: "The Contemporary American Organ," Sumner: "The Organ: It's Evolution, Principles of Construction and Use" Audsley: "The Art of Organbuilding" Ochse: The History of the Organ in The United States" Irwin: "Dictionary of Pipe Organ Stops"
                        This is an excellent core library. One might add Hopkins and Rimbault "The Organ" or substitute it for the Sumner. The Sumner is largely a rehash and update of the H&R. The H&R, originally published 1855, third edition 1877, has much information not readily available elsewhere, although neither this nor the Sumner are really reliable sources.
                        Last edited by Westminster; 12-25-2012, 08:42 AM. Reason: the grammar police in me

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                          Originally posted by Duff48 View Post
                          I have a book from the late 50's about organ building, styles, and maintenance. I will edit this with the title and more details.

                          Edit: "The Organ in Church Design" by Joseph Blanton, was published in 1957. It is most likely out of print though, so you will have to search for it. It is a very thick book, but it has much information.
                          This is an excellent survey of the visual design of the organs of various nationalistic styles and periods. It has to be said, though, that much of the photographic reproduction can only be described as atrocious. The accompanying text has to be viewed in the light of it representing the biases and tastes of a mid 20th c American architect - organ dilletante.

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