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  • Pistons in Odd Places

    I saw these piston-like things on the Marienstatt organ that Fraser Gartshore plays in one of his videos. They are on the music rack, but light up and have the same shape as pistons. Are they pistons? Kami Export - PistonsInOddPlacespng.pdf
    "I play the notes as they are written (well, I try), but it is God who makes the music." - Johann Sebastian Bach
    Organs I Play:
    - Home: VPO Compiled from Allen 2110 parts
    - Church: M.P. Moller 1951 (Relocated 2015) 3 manual, 56 stop, 38 ranks (Opus 8152)

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    Philip,

    Ask him, he's a member of the Forum!

    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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    • Philip Powell
      Philip Powell commented
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      Oh, he's too high in the organ world for a lowly player as I to ask him questions ;-)

    • regeron
      regeron commented
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      Philip, I do see your *wink. Still....
      Never equate status in a field with arrogance or (un)approachability.

      I know several people who have significant standing in their fields who are extremely approachable. On the flip side, I also know several who have little skill (though some of these consider themselves to be 'experts') who would not give you the time of day.

  • #3
    Hi Philip - Happy New Year to you (and the rest of the Forum!) and thanks for your question. I've never actually given those pistons a thought, they're just a second set of the setter pistons found under the lowest manual. The idea is, if you have a visiting organist or an organist who can't/won't do their own registration changes, those upper pistons are easier to reach for the page-turner/registrant. If you look closely, they are numbered 1-10 and correspond to the lower pistons. There are also sequencer forwards/backwards pistons for registrants to the left of the ten numbered buttons. As "our" European pistons tend to be for sequencer only (in other words, there are no divisional pistons under each manual), most consoles will have some kind of extra pistons for concert-assistants - usually just forward/backward steppers to the left or right of the console, depending on where the poor sod doing all the work is positioned!
    As a student, I regularly helped out at concerts all over the place - it was good sight-reading practice and I was often required to "help" with registrations as well... There were a few hair-raising moments when pistons didn't work, or steppers jumped 2 places forward... This has led to me memorizing pretty much EVERYTHING I play in concert and only ever taking care of my own registrations. If anything goes wrong, that's my bad!
    Hope that helped!
    See you online,

    Fraser

    PS - I hope I never come over as arrogant or unapproachable - life's too short for all that nonsense!

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    • Philip Powell
      Philip Powell commented
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      Ahhh, good idea on the builders part except for the part where the organist can't read the music because the registrant has their arm in the way😂 Thanks for the explanation!

    • lilgrey5102
      lilgrey5102 commented
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      I love your videos.

      You come off as brilliant, personable, passionate, but never unapproachable or arrogant!

    • Philip Powell
      Philip Powell commented
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      lilgrey5102 Yep, he's the best. We could have a whole channel dedicated to him!
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