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Allen e-notes Newsletter
  November 2012

Allen Tech News

Allen Abroad:

Allen Video
on the Web

Free Music

Greetings from Macungie!

Last week, along with much of the east coast, Macungie received an unwelcome visit from Super Storm Sandy. Much of the Lehigh Valley, including the Allen factory and Sales building, was without power for several days. But, the damages and inconveniences suffered locally paled in comparison to those of our neighbors in New Jersey and New York. Our hearts go out to them and we wish them speedy recovery from this disaster.

Power returned in time for a concert at Octave Hall on Friday evening featuring Chelsea Chen. Initially, the audience seemed to have been subdued by the events of the week. However, it didn't take long for Chelsea's artistry to change all that. Her performance showed the power that music has to lift spirits, even in the face of life's adversities. The concert also served as a reminder that Allen Organ has the privilege to provide music to communities throughout the world for their most joyous and solemn occasions. In this month of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for that wonderful opportunity and for the responsibility it instills in us to produce instruments that inspire artist and audience alike.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families, from all of us at Allen Organ Company!

Best Regards,
Barry Holben
Vice President, Sales
Allen Organ Company

Allen Tech News

4-Manual Model

Allen Organ Company is pleased to introduce the Q-475, successor to the Q-470. The Q-475 features a completely re-worked String Division, with a new stop list and samples obtained from a famous organ.

As the photos show (special finish and drawknobs are optional), the String Division now features four different 8' stops with celestes, two 4' stops with celestes, a 2' with celeste, and a string mixture. Two additional String Division ranks are dedicated to the pedal each providing 16' and 32' stops.

The String Division can be coupled to any of the organ's manuals and/or the Pedal Division. The String Division can also be coupled at 4' or 16' to any manual by means of keycheck pistons and at comparable pitches to the pedals by means of drawknobs located in the String Division.

The ensemble of the new String Division is rich and warm, especially when combined with the organ's other string and celeste stops. But, the real surprise comes in how this Division adds to the "straight" ensemble of the organ. A "Celestes Off" drawknob allows the String Division to combine with the Principal Choruses of other divisions. And, the two new 32' Pedal stops, provide additional undergirding to full registrations. The result is remarkable!

The audio complement of the Q-475 String Division employs (4) HR-200's and (4) HR-100's. Also, an additional CPE-2 circuit board is required for this expanded organ. You can hear a sample of the new Q475 in the Allen Videos on the Web section below. Contact your Allen dealer for additional information and pricing, or call 610-966-2202.

Q-475 String Division Features

String Division Pedal Features

Click to enlarge

European Oak Custom Console Project

While there's always something special being built in the Allen factory, we recently embarked on a project that, even by Allen standards, is....unusual. The console, in its original state, is shown here. Of course it still requires a bit of work, but that's our specialty!

Over the next few months, we invite you to watch the progress of this pile of rough-sawn European Oak as it is transformed into a one-of-a-kind console at

European Oak arrived at Allen

Allen Abroad

Arhus, Denmark

In October, this Three-Manual Allen Quantum™ combination pipe and digital instrument was installed within Helligåndskirken, Arhus, Denmark.

This console features a custom transparent white finish on oak, and a European Pedalboard with unstained oak sharps and maple naturals. An adjustable bench complements this console, as do brass and chrome toe studs. The organ features a 22 Channel audio system. A solid wood, fully adjustable and lighted music rack completes the customization of this fine instrument.

To see more photos of this instrument, please visit: www.allenorgan.com/Denmark2012

To see this organ on the Helligåndskirken Arhus website, click here: www.helligaandskirken-aarhus.dk

Danbury Evangelical Mission
Essex, United Kingdom

In September, a custom Quantum™ Three-Manual English-style instrument was installed as part of the celebration of the Danbury Evangelical Mission's new and much larger church building located in Essex, United Kingdom.

This oak English-style console features S-style key cheeks, draw knobs with white stems and faces and contrasting black panels under the drawknobs. The black sharps and white naturals of the keyboards are visually enhanced with red felt above the manuals.

The pedalboard consists of black sharps and maple naturals with chrome toe studs. An adjustable bench and a solid wood music rack balance the features of this three-manual instrument.

To see more photos of this instrument, please visit: www.allenorgan.com/EnglishStyle2012

Allen Video on the Web

Take a peek at the redesigned Q-475 String Organ recently installed in Octave Hall at the Allen Sales Headquarters! The renovation incorporates new samples, an enhanced audio system, and additional 32' Pedal stops for extra "rumble" and "purr". If you like rich, warm ensembles, you're going to LOVE this!

  Watch Video:   Q475 String Organ Demo - Come, Sweet Death

Click here to go directly to the Videos section of our website

  Watch Video:   Stop List Library™ Introduction

Hear Allen organs
being played by
great organists!

>> Buy Music CDs
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 Allegro Vivace; Vivaldi
Performer: Dr. Roger Nyquist
From: Bravo! Performances by Allen Artists

Religious Selection Great Is The Lord; Michael W. Smith
Performer: Allen Organ Staff Organist
From: The Sound of Quantum

Theatre Selection On A Spring Note; Sidney Torch
Performer: Thomas Hazleton
From: Just A Bird's-eye View

Click below to visit the music download page:

Free Holiday Organ Score Download!

The following Youtube video has prompted many requests for the score of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" arranged by Barry Holben. A free pdf file download of the arrangement is now available at the following link:

  Watch Video:   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Vote for
your favorite
Organ of the Month
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 Combination Pipe & Digital Quantum™ Oak Finish Four-Manual. Click the link below to visit the AllenOrgan.com site for photos and more! http://www.allenorgan.com/www/allenews/organoftheweek/2012/20120813/OrganOfTheWeek.html

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 November 2012 the contestants are:
Quantum™ English-Style Console Oak Finish Three-Manual
Chapel™ Oak Finish Three-Manual
Heritage™ French-Terrace-Style Console Two-tone Walnut and Oak Three-Manual
Quantum™ Custom Oak Finish Three-Manual

Click here to VOTE!

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