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Allen e-notes Newsletter
April 2010

Latest News
from Allen

on the Web


of the Month

Dear Allen Owners and Enthusiasts:

Welcome to Allen e-notes, the convenient way to keep up with news from Allen Organ Company. Readers like you often contribute content or make requests about what they'd like to see in future e-notes editions. If you have any ideas you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you!

Barry Holben
Vice President, Sales
Allen Organ Company

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Latest News From Allen

Announcing the 100th
Allen "Organ of the Week"

Our newest Allen "Organ of the Week" posted online Monday, March 29, 2010 is the 100th organ console featured!

It is also one of the most unique instruments we have ever built. Among the numerous unique features built into the Heritage™ 80 Stop, three-manual console are two LCD screens in the center panel. This will enable the organist to coordinate with and monitor other areas during services and special events.

The 100th Organ of the Week console is being built for a custom pipe-and-digital instrument. Its exterior finish, a custom oak stain, matches the church's woodwork. The console interior is finished in a lighter, complimentary oak tone. Another unique feature are the rosewood naturals and maple sharps keyboards.

This magnificent instrument will be installed in Houston, Texas.

To view this instrument as our 100th Organ of the Week please use this link: http://www.allenorgan.com/www/allenews/organoftheweek/2010/20100329/OrganOfTheWeek.html

To view our Organ of the Week Archives please use this link: http://www.allenorgan.com/www/allenews/organoftheweek/OrganOfTheWeekArchive.html

Allen expands its "Organ of the Week" web site section

Since its inception our "Organ of the Week" feature has been very popular. It's a quick-and-easy way to view different console styles, details, and finishes.

Now it is even better! In conjunction with the celebration of our 100th "Organ of the Week" entry we are expanding the "Organ of the Week" to show finished installations in a new "Final Destinations" section. Plus, we have created a gallery of interesting consoles and design details for a new section called "Unique Features."

Both the "Final Destinations" and "Unique Features" sections include classical and theatre instruments. We will add new "Organ of the Week" instruments and installations to these sections as they are photographed and installed.

To top it off we designed a new "Organ of the Week" home page with links to:
  • This Week's "Organ of the Week"
  • Organ of the Week Archive
  • Final Destinations
  • Unique Features

We hope you find these additions to our "Organ of the Week" web site pages exciting and interesting!

To view the new Organ of the Week home page please use this link:

To view the 100th Organ of the Week please use this link:

Fountain Street Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan Allen's Approach to Custom Organ Building

Having started as a custom organ company over 70 years ago, it is natural for Allen to continue working with customers to extend and enhance the life and sounds of their pipe organs. Although well known for our superior digital instruments, we take pride in the preservation and restoration of fine pipe organs by providing new consoles for these grand instruments.

We also are willing partners in the creation of combination pipe-and-digital instruments. We build our own custom organ "pipe boards" using state-of-the-art components to perfectly control each rank of pipes. We then complement the pipe ranks with a unique digital stop list to create a "one-of-a-kind" instrument. Or we can include multiple stop lists from our Allen Stoplist Library™ as "icing on the cake" - making your combination pipe-and-digital instrument truly unique and remarkable.

Whether the instrument is to be a digital or a pipe-and-digital combination organ, Allen will use its superior construction techniques and its technological strengths to create an instrument of lasting beauty, capability, and value.

To view a list of custom organs built by Allen, please use this link:

Allen Installation of the Month

Pittsboro First United Methodist Church, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Allen Two-Manual Protégé Custom Pipe and Digital

The circa-1930s M. P. Möller two-manual pipe organ in Pittsboro First United Methodist Church was built like a tank. Unfortunately, it also sounded like one. Tucked into a dark rear alcove, the organ was in dire need of resuscitation. To the rescue came Allen Organ in the presence of Keith Pendergraft, Hopper Piano & Organ Company, and world-class pipe finsher and voicer Burton Tidwell.
The old console was replaced with a new walnut-finish, 33 Stop, two-manual Protégé console which fit comfortably in front of the refurbished pipe box. Burton Tidwell added a sparkling new 4' Principal, a Mixture to the Great, spruced-up the old pipes, integrated new pipes into the design, and seamlessly blended the Allen digital ranks into the totality. The finished result is visually pleasing as well as acoustically remarkable. Some new paint, a little elbow grease, a new Allen console, and it became a "Jewel!"

Please use this link to view this installation:

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RMCATOS March 09, 2010 "America, The Beautiful", arranged by Joel Raney, available from Hope Publishing. Performed at a monthly club social of the Rocky Mountain Chapter American Theatre Organ Society (RMCATOS) by Frank Perko (at the GW4Q 4/33 digital Wurlitzer) and Ken Mervine (at the 7-foot grand piano). More photos and info at: www.RMCATOS.org

• Theatre Organ & Grand Piano: America, the Beautiful

Hear Allen organs
being played by
great organists!

Free Downloads

Nothing tells the Allen story better than the sound of our instruments. Next to hearing one in person, recordings are the best thing. In each e-notes we will 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 Target As".

Classical Selection • Voluntary in D Minor
Clarke - CD: Colors of Quantum™

Religious Selection • Communion
R. Purvis - CD: Echoes of the Basilica

Theatre Selection • America the Beautiful
Traditional - CD: Just a Bird's-eye View

Vote for
your favorite
Organ of the Month
Organ of the Month

The "Organ of the Week" feature of the Allen Organ Company website has become a favorite among Allen owners and enthusiasts. We are going to take it a step further on e-notes by inviting readers to pick their favorite from several Organs of the Week. Choose your favorite from the list below and, 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 march 2010 the contestants are:
• Lyn Larsen Signatures Series™ Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Custom Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Quantum™ Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Heritage™ Custom Two-Tone Oak Finish Three-Manual

Click here to VOTE!

Click here for last month's results

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