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Dear e-notes readers:
The calendar says January, but the weather in Macungie has been the rainy upper-40's typically associated with late fall weather. Bear Creek Mountain, the local ski area whose lights I can see from the Allen Organ parking lot, is more like "Bear Swamp" this year. Coincidentally, that is the meaning of the name given to our area hundreds of years ago by local American Indians. Long before "Macungie" was home to the world's largest organ-building facilities, it was a low-lying area where bears congregated. The bears are gone now but Allen Organ Company is going strong with exciting news to share in this issue of e-notes. Enjoy! And, for the sake of my skis, hanging forlornly at home, pray for snow!
Vice President, Sales
Allen Organ Company
Allen Tech News
NEW! Q315 15 Rank/Three-Manual Theatre
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Allen Organ Company recently introduced the Q315 Theatre Organ, successor to the Q311. This exciting instrument isn't just one organ; it's actually three complete theatre organs plus a classical organ, all in one console. In the past, many Allen theatre models included the capacity to voice the one theatre stop list in three different ways, but the Q315 takes versatility to a whole new level. It includes a complete list, each, of Wurlitzer, Barton and Morton stops, as well as a complete classical specification. It also has a larger specification than its predecessor.
The Q315 comes in two different configurations, one with an
internal 2-channel audio system and the other with 4-channel
external audio system. This augmented audio system imparts improved
detail and spaciousness to the Q315E's sound.
Look for the Q315 ad that will run in the January issue of Theatre Organ magazine.
Contact your Allen dealer for additional information and pricing, or call 610-966-2202.
You can hear a sample of the new Q315 by clicking this link!
>>> More Q315 information
ONGOING! European Oak Custom Console Project
Since our November e-notes issue, this project of transforming
roughly cut European Oak into a unique organ console continues. The
console sides, pedalboard, bench, and jambs have been machined and
assembled and are currently in line for final console assembly,
component installation and finishing.
We invite you to continue watching the progress of this project as it transforms into a one-of-a-kind console at www.allenorgan.com/europeanoakconsole
Allen Abroad - Sydney, Australia
In December, the 2012 Sydney Summer Organ Academy was held in Sydney, Australia. Inspired by the success of the first Academy, held two years ago, this year's Academy hosted 38 participants, aged 13 to 73, during the five day period between Christmas and New Year.
One significant improvement over the first Academy was the
introduction of practice digital organs at the event, which were
supplied by Jim Clinch and the staff of All Organs Australia Pty
Ltd. According to Jim, "We provided one (Allen) CF-8, one L-10 with
Navigator II™, and one L-321 with Navigator II™ for the student
practice rooms. Apparently whenever someone went 'missing' they
were found in one of the practice rooms."
In addition, All Organs Australia provided a TH300 Theatre Organ for a "mystery evening" that accompanied a silent film. This event was open to the general public and there were several members of the theatre organ society present.
Jim added, "The theatre, which resided in a private Sydney
school, had an orchestra lift and the TH300 was put on that so it
could rise majestically from the pit in true theatrical fashion,
and the sound was fantastic!"
Feedback from participants included;
"The theatre organ surprise was fabulous!"
"We should have a practical session on the theatre organ next time."
"...especially enjoyed the surprise night with the theatre organ!"
Diane Bish at Octave Hall DVD now available!
Long-time friend of Allen Organ, Diane Bish, visited Allen's
Octave Hall in October 2012 to record a variety of her favorite
songs for this special DVD. Recorded on a DB 370, the DVD selection
features Diane playing John Rutter's "Toccata In Seven". To view
details, or to purchase this fabulous DVD, check the Store section
of our web site, or click this link: View Diane Bish At Octave Hall
Watch Video: Diane Bish At Octave Hall - Toccata In Seven
Free MP3 Downloads
Nothing tells the Allen story better than the sound of our
instruments. Recordings of an Allen organ are the next best thing
to hearing one in person. In each e-notes we feature a few
selections that demonstrate the pipe-like quality of our digital
organs in a wide variety of musical styles. Enjoy!
To Download: right click on the song title, then click "Save As".
Classical Selection • Toccata and Fugue in D minor; J.S. Bach
Performer: Carlo Curley
From: Carlo Curley Concert Favorites
Religious Selection • Le Vent de L'Esprit; Olivier Messiaen
Performer: Naji Hakim
From: French Essence - Naji Hakim
Theatre Selection • Selections from The Sound of Music; Richard Rodgers
Performer: Thomas Hazleton
From: Just A Bird's-eye View
Click below to visit the music download page:
Hear Allen Organs being played by great organist! >> Buy Music CDs
Allen Video on the Web
Two topics getting frequent questions pertaining to them are;
Allen's Vista Navigator™, and Allen's Rotary Dial Console
Controller. Here are two very descriptive instructional videos to
help with the operation, and understanding, of each of these
important devices utilized on many Allen organs.
Watch Video: Introduction to Allen's Vista Navigator™
Watch Video: Rotary Dial Console Controller
Click here to go directly to the Videos section of our website
Organ of the Month
Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm!
July's Organ of the Month winner was the Heritage™
French-Terrace-Style Console Two-tone Walnut and Oak
Three-Manual . Click the link below to visit the
AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more!
Choose your favorite from the list below. In the next issue of e-notes, we will let you know which one of these beauties was the readers' choice for Organ of the Month!
For January 2013 the contestants are:
• Heritage™ Walnut on Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Custom Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Elite™ Opus IX Two-tone Walnut and Curley Maple Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Walnut Finish Two-Manual
• Combination Pipe & Digital Diane Bish Series Quantum™
Cherry-on-Walnut Finish Two-Manual
Click here to VOTE!
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