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  • Can box organ (pedaled bass continuo) played instead of home practice organ?

    Hello,

    I normally play baroque music (including Bach), I am looking for an acoustic small practice organ to fit my living room.

    Can box organ (pedaled bass continuo) played instead of home practice organ(wardrobe size)?

    I think both of them have similar manuals, stops and functions, but box organ is smaller? (I know a typical bass continuo is for baroque chamber accompaniment)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zh5k3Rxxlg

    http://www.witteveen-orgelmaker.nl/projecten/kistorgels

    Thanks

  • #2
    I mean, Can small pedal box organ replace wardrobe sized home practice organ in functional?

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    • #3
      I would say "Yes". As long as the physical layout resembles any other organ you play, you should be fine. By this I mean the distance between manuals, from manual to pedal, etc. It should "feel" the same, even if it has fewer stops. And if the sound pleases you, that will encourage you to practice more!

      The organ in the video sounds very nice. It's not common for a 'box' organ to have 2 manuals and pedal. Most are just a single manual; some are one manual + pedal. Not many have 2 manuals + pedal

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      • #4
        Sure it can. It has limitation in registration but there should be no reason it can't be used for pratice. I know 2 persons who have such an organ (both 2 manual + attached pedal) just for that reason: it is small enough to get into a house. There is also a large one in a small church a bit further on (8 ranks or so). These are normal organs, just build in a compact way.

        One thing you need to keep in mind: they have a very light key touch. But as you seem to be used to them you probably know that already. So any other organ feels heavy afterwards. OTOH it makes for being precise in what and how you touch the keys.

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        • #5
          Would something like the C-330 be considered a box organ? It's supposed to be AGO.

          http://www.roland.com/products/c-330/
          -- I'm Lamar -- Allen TC-4 Classic -- 1899 Kimball, Rodgers W5000C, Conn 643, Hammond M3, L-102 - "Let no man belong to another who can belong to himself." (Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest​ -) ​Paracelsus

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          • #6
            Thanks for the reply!

            I think the wooden flute pipes in the box organ do not need turning, do they?

            c-330 is digital not acoustic.

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            • #7
              Ah. Thank you. So a "box organ" is pipes in a box. Learn something every day.
              -- I'm Lamar -- Allen TC-4 Classic -- 1899 Kimball, Rodgers W5000C, Conn 643, Hammond M3, L-102 - "Let no man belong to another who can belong to himself." (Alterius non sit qui suus esse potest​ -) ​Paracelsus

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