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    When you look at my avatar pic, you'll see my "main" organ - it's a one-manual, 27-note-pedalboard beauty with 5 (!) stops. And here is another picture: https://www.organforum.com/forums/sh...l=1#post384626

    The organ was built in 1858 by Heinrich Keller, who was an organ builder in Darmstadt, a town south of Frankfurt in Hesse, Germany.
    Unfortunately, not much is known about this Mr Keller and as far as we know today, only 3 organs still exist

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    I'd love to hear a recording of it. What is the stop list?

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      • #4
        Thanks for these posts, Andijah. Can you couple the manual to the pedal?
        Bill

        My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk

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        • #5
          Yes, it's permanently coupled.

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          • #6
            I'd like to see a list of what you played.
            Sam
            Home: Allen ADC-4500 Church: Allen MDS-5
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            • #7
              I would also like to see a list of what you played. Also, some ideas on your registrations. I grew up playing a 5 rank unit organ and I know It takes a good deal of creativity on an organ that small.

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              • #8
                Here are some combinations:
                the congregation is used to singing to Principal + Gedackt (+Subbass, depending on the hymn). If asked nicely, they will also sing to Gedackt + Salicional, but old habits are hard to break. They tend to think that only if they hear the Principal, it's their turn to start singing.

                Both Gedackt and Salicional sound wonderful on their own.

                Gedackt + Flute
                Salicional + Flute
                Gedackt + Salicional
                Principal + Gedackt
                Principal + Salicional
                Gedackt + Salicional + Flute
                Principal + Gedackt + Flute
                Principal + Salicional + Flute
                Principal + Gedackt + Salicional

                And the Subbass can be added to all the above.

                At the recital, we also had
                Principal + Flute
                Flute solo
                Flute + Subbass

                Principal solo is also possible.

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                  • #10
                    Heller)..." because that made me think Stephen Heller. Still cringe when I hear that name.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Havoc View Post
                      You just had me scared when you mentioned "...regional composers (Rinck, Heller)..."
                      Sorry 'bout that. Barbara Heller is a composer who lived in Darmstadt for many years. Her main instrument is the piano and so far she only wrote 3 pieces for organ.

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                        Here's a picture of Hans and me performing Rheinberger.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by tbeck View Post
                          I'd love to hear a recording of it.
                          Years later... this morning I recorded op. 149 by Mel Bonis. You can hear our beautiful Salicional.
                          https://twitter.com/andijah/status/1240199395813076992

                          It was recorded with my smartphone, no additional equipment, no additional changes - what you hear is what I played.

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                          • tbeck
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                            Lovely. Thank you.

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                          Thank you for posting this, Andijah. The Salicional has a very nice sound. It would be interesting to hear it further away in the room to get a sense of the acoustic.
                          Bill

                          My home organ: Content M5800 as a midi controller for Hauptwerk

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                          • andijah
                            andijah commented
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                            I know, but at the moment there's a lack suitable equipment (and assistants). Maybe some time in future...

                          • voet
                            voet commented
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                            I was struck by how good the recording was from a smartphone.

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                          Gedackt solo:

                          https://twitter.com/andijah/status/1241272373908844544

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                          • voet
                            voet commented
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                            What a nice bright sound. Delightful. I really enjoyed it.
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