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    I am sure many of youare aware, but the organ's web page has some mp3 recording samplesyou can quickly access of the restored echo and etheral divisions. Sounds great!




    www.wanamakerorgan.com


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    In my opinion, the wanamaker organ is by far the most beautiful organ ever made. It sound great!

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      Wanamaker Percentage

      I recall reading at some point when the Orchestral was still dead that 92% of the Wanamaker instrument was functional. With the Orchestral and Voxes restored, will this make the instrument 100% functional? Pretty remarkable, really.

      Best,

      Nathan

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        [quote user="solotibiaclausa"]In my opinion, the wanamaker organ is by far the most beautiful organ ever made. It sound great![/quote]




        I agree. And it's a far better sounding organ than the Atlantic City Convention Hall organ. And yes, I realize that much of that organ wasn't working, but even when it was, the Wanamaker organ was far superior tonally.




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          I believe Nelson Bardon is/was doing the orchestral organ over. Im not
          sure what else is non=playable at this point. This organ has more
          "heart" into it (for lack of better term) then Atlantic City. Atlantic
          city was "lets try to build the biggest organ!" while wanamakers was
          "build the organ to sound beautiful!". Two huge different perspectives
          on organ building. Wanamker does it for me!

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            [quote user="solotibiaclausa"]I believe Nelson Bardon is/was doing the orchestral organ over. Im not
            sure what else is non=playable at this point. This organ has more
            "heart" into it (for lack of better term) then Atlantic City. Atlantic
            city was "lets try to build the biggest organ!" while wanamakers was
            "build the organ to sound beautiful!". Two huge different perspectives
            on organ building. Wanamker does it for me!
            [/quote]

            Many people at first believe it was built "to be the biggest" and that be that.
            I kind of have to disagree on that, if you take a look at the pipework of the AC organ, you would see that it was carefully designed using the very best they had at the time.
            Every detail about it was very carefully thought out.



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              [quote user="radagast"]


              [I agree. And it's a far better sounding organ than the Atlantic City Convention Hall organ. And yes, I realize that much of that organ wasn't working, but even when it was, the Wanamaker organ was far superior tonally.

              [/quote]
              Interesting to read this thread. I have two CDs of the Wanamaker instrument: the expected one by Virgil Fox on Bainbridge and a more recent one with Richard Conte on Gothic. I love them both. Any comments?

              As for the Atlantic City extravaganza, along with a few selected British instruments, this has legendary status for us. My mates and I talk about it over pints. Are there any current recordings available from its glory days?

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                [quote user="Jason E"]
                Are there any current recordings available from its glory days?
                [/quote]


                Yes there are, digitally mastered.
                Try out http://www.acchos.org/html/store.html and see what they have. That DVD is very well done, and I recommend it also.



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                  That Atlantic City console is amazing! Has thatart deco look.




                  Concerning the Fox cd, that has a special place in my heart/mind. Actually, Jason, the reissued cd/dvd is a better version than the earlier Bainbridge one. It is better balanced, has agreater depthofsoundand you can really "feel" those pedal stops. I have listened to it over and over again.




                  All the best.

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                    [quote user="Jason E"][quote user="radagast"]


                    [I agree. And it's a far better sounding organ than the Atlantic City Convention Hall organ. And yes, I realize that much of that organ wasn't working, but even when it was, the Wanamaker organ was far superior tonally.




                    [/quote]
                    Interesting to read this thread. I have two CDs of the Wanamaker instrument: the expected one by Virgil Fox on Bainbridge and a more recent one with Richard Conte on Gothic. I love them both. Any comments?

                    As for the Atlantic City extravaganza, along with a few selected British instruments, this has legendary status for us. My mates and I talk about it over pints. Are there any current recordings available from its glory days?
                    [/quote]




                    I have heard that when Henry Willis III listened to the Atlantic City organ, he wasn't impressed and described it with typical dry British humor as "The largerst collection of pipes in the world".

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                      [quote user="Jason E"]



                      Interesting to read this thread. I have two CDs of the Wanamaker instrument: the expected one by Virgil Fox on Bainbridge and a more recent one with Richard Conte on Gothic. I love them both. Any comments?

                      [/quote]




                      The Virgil Fox Wanamaker CD is one of my two favorite organ CD's.

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                        [quote user="radagast"]

                        The Virgil Fox Wanamaker CD is one of my two favorite organ CD's.

                        [/quote]
                        Now you have my full, undivided attention: what is the other CD?

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                          My gripe with the way the A.C instrument sounds on several recordings, particularly the "Bach on the Biggest" is that it is often registered so as to confuse the unison pitch with very very heavy quints and the like. I don't know if that's just the way it is or what.

                          - N

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                            [quote user="Jason E"][quote user="radagast"]


                            The Virgil Fox Wanamaker CD is one of my two favorite organ CD's.




                            [/quote]
                            Now you have my full, undivided attention: what is the other CD?
                            [/quote]




                            The other is the late Tom Hazleton's CD called "Echoes of the Basilica".




                            Many here would not even listen to it, because it is on a four manual Allen. But it is installed in a church with great acoustics. What makes this so good is Mr. Hazleton's arrangements of various pieces. They are extraordinary. I had a chance to talk to him before he died and asked if his arrangements were published. He said no, they were improvisations. Too bad.




                            One of the reasons I like the sound of that particular organ is it has a floating string division, which sounds great in that acoustic.




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                              [quote user="radagast"][quote user="Jason E"][quote user="radagast"]


                              The Virgil Fox Wanamaker CD is one of my two favorite organ CD's.




                              [/quote]
                              Now you have my full, undivided attention: what is the other CD?
                              [/quote]




                              The other is the late Tom Hazleton's CD called "Echoes of the Basilica".




                              Many here would not even listen to it, because it is on a four manual Allen. But it is installed in a church with great acoustics. What makes this so good is Mr. Hazleton's arrangements of various pieces. They are extraordinary. I had a chance to talk to him before he died and asked if his arrangements were published. He said no, they were improvisations. Too bad.





                              One of the reasons I like the sound of that particular organ is it has a floating string division, which sounds great in that acoustic.

                              [/quote]
                              Any details on this CD- label, distributor? I know next to nothing about electronic organs (though I read the applicable threads out of interest), but obviously you're quite knowledgeable here. I'm willing to give it a try. If it not be currently available could you PM me an mp3 example? Cheers.

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