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    (thank you,
    jbird604 for the information on princess pedalboards)





    If I am buying an organ with a princess pedalboard (32 notes) would I still be able to practice pedal excercises meant for an AGO pedalboard? Has anyone switched between the two? What do you think?


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    Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?



    OM,




    You'll get varying opinions, but as I said in my post on your other thread, I've felt comfortable playing the princess pedals, and had no problems switching back and forth with AGO pedals.




    However, and thismay be a big"HOWEVER"... I was not doing actual pedal exercises, just playing hymns and light service music. I honestly don't know how the pedal exercises would go over on these pedals. Perhaps someone else has tried it.




    But for general organ practice, warming up forSunday services, etc., I've had no problems with the pedals. But I am grateful that I now have real AGO pedals to practice on at home :-)




    John

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      I don't recall having a problem running pedal exercises (I used Flor Peter's Little Organ Book ) on the TC1 I used towork with before dinosaurs came and ate it, but then Iam a size 8 shoe. Maybe the 12s out there would be more challenged[Z]




      Lee

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        Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?



        For a year I played a C-1 with princess pedals, and I could never feel very comfortable on it. It was hard to not hit the neighboring pedal with my size 10 1/2 wing tips. Then when I switched to an AGO, I found myself not moving my foot far enough in between notes, and would sometimes hit the pedal below where I was shooting for.



        I personally despise them and would try to shoot for a full size pedalboard. BTW, is the TC-4 AGO?



        -Jon

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        • #5
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          Don't get a princess pedalboard. I have a TC1 in my living room, and it's terrible. I can't do much more than hymns on it. If all you're going to do is hymns, then go for it - it's smaller and cheaper. But if you get one to practice bigger stuff, you're going to regret it (in my opinion, even with a smaller shoe size). Spend a little more, move the couch out of the way, and get something nicer.



          - sbd

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          • #6
            Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?

            Get an AGO pedalboard.
            C3/TC3 and larger had an AGO pedalboard.  It was an option on the TC1.  A few years ago there was advertised on Ebay a T12 with AGO pedalboard and self-contained amps/speakers.

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              I own an Allen TC-1 organ that I purchased used. How do I tell if it has a princess or a standard AGO pedalboard? Who has the authentic dimensions for AGO pedalboards?




              Carl

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                Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?



                I own an Allen TC-1 organ that I purchased used. How do I tell if it has a princess or a standard AGO pedalboard? Who has the authentic dimensions for AGO pedalboards?




                Carl

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                  Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?



                  Carl,



                  The AGO pedalboard dimensions are for sale on the AGO website (agohq.org) for $5. Here's the link. Also, I think Wicks had a PDF with the AGO console specifications on their website somewhere, but I can't find it now.



                  The princess pedalboard is significantly smaller (well, by several inches) than an AGO pedalboard. The princess is almost as wide, but isn't nearly as deep. The sharps are a couple of inches smaller as well, and I think the pedals themselves are actually a hair wider.



                  Get an AGO pedalboard if you can!

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                    Re: practicing on a princess pedalboard?

                    Thanks for the lead. When I knew what text string to look for ("standard console specifications") I found it at the following address for free download (3 pages) and saved myself $5.00.




                    So I checked my TC-1 pedalboard against the AGO Standard Console Specifications. What I found was this. AGO length between heelboard and toeboard is 27 inches. Mine measures only 21.5 inches. The AGO length of playing surface of pedalboard sharps is 6.5 inches. Mine measure only 3.5 inches. What a bummer!


                    Carl

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