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  • The Grand Organ of Saint Eustache

    This is a fantasic recently-uploaded video showing you through the Grand Organ of Saint Eustache in Paris.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVeswROIeIM

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    I briefly visited that church in Paris in 1999, but there was not anything happening there at the time. I took this (poor) picture of the organ: Z14--St. Eustache organ by David Casteel, on Flickr.

    David

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    • #3
      A wonderful new video clip of the Grand Organ at Saint Eustache being played by the titulaire organist....

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        A very impressive performance of the transcription by Hirsch. Notice his frequent use of the "NEXT" toe stud and pistons for the piston sequencer. When both feet are busy he often uses his left thumb. And he doesn't even have music marked with the piston numbers - it's all from memory! Watching the display, it looks like he went through 4 memory levels with 20 pistons each for this performance.

        Quite a few years ago European organs started featuring multiple copies of the piston sequencer buttons, located all around the console, for use in concert performances. (This is a 1989 organ with a new combination action installed on the remote console in 2010.) Yet American builders still seem to like installing wall-to-wall pistons under the manuals. I understand that for church service use but preludes, postludes and organ recitals could benefit from this; you would think that this concept would catch on here by now.
        Last edited by AllenAnalog; 12-30-2016, 12:53 AM.
        Larry is my name; Allen is an organ brand. Allen RMWTHEA.3 with RMI Electra-Piano; Allen 423-C+Gyro; Britson Opus OEM38; Steinway AR Duo-Art 7' grand piano, Mills Violano Virtuoso with MIDI; Hammond 9812H with roll player; Roland E-200; Mason&Hamlin AR Ampico grand piano, Allen ADC-5300-D with MIDI, Allen MADC-2110.

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        • #5
          AllenAnalog - AMEN to that!!! I can almost do it on my Allen with the + and - tabs, but I have to be pretty darned quick to change the memory level. Some of the newer pipe organs do have this feature.
          Allen Q285D

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          • #6
            Originally posted by AllenAnalog View Post
            A very impressive performance of the transcription by Hirsch. Notice his frequent use of the "NEXT" toe stud and pistons for the piston sequencer. When both feet are busy he often uses his left thumb. And he doesn't even have music marked with the piston numbers - it's all from memory! Watching the display, it looks like he went through 4 memory levels with 20 pistons each for this performance.
            With that frequent stop changes, it makes me wonder how anyone ever played any of these pieces with just 2 registrants! If I knew registering the organ was so difficult, I would never have learned how to use it.:devil: How did anyone ever play without a NEXT button!

            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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            • #7
              A further video clip of the Grand Organ of Saint Eustache....

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