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Sept. / Oct. 2015 www.allenorgan.com

75 Years of



New York

To celebrate its 75 Years of Innovation, Allen has created the Diamond Jubilee Appointment Package, available for a limited-time with the order of any Allen drawknob console organ.

Featuring luxurious Curly Maple interiors, a choice of four exterior finishes*, multiple stop lists, GeniSys™ Control and much more; these Allen organs offer distinctive beauty and comprehensive tonal capabilities.

For more information on this unique offer, contact your local Allen representative.

Since its pioneering sound production patents, awarded over 75 years ago, Allen Organ Company garnered nearly 100 more. Along the way, we have also advanced organ technology in myriad ways that today's finest organists now demand as "essentials." This includes sophisticated capture systems; state-of-the-art digital tone generation; comprehensive MIDI implementation; multiple stoplists; sampled reverb and, most recently, Allen's ground-breaking GeniSys™ Control System.

In addition to the Diamond Jubilee Appointment Package, Allen is celebrating by republishing Jerome Markowitz' (Allen's founder) book entitled "Triumphs & Trials of an Organ Builder", now available in paperback and as a Kindle e-book.

This excerpt from page 10 explains Jerome's early intent on perfecting his idea of "designing and building a practical electronic organ based on vacuum tube oscillators which would closely emulate the magnificent sound of the pipe organ."

"As I persevered, the main problem I encountered with the oscillator-based organ was tuning drift. Pipe organs have a similar problem, but my early oscillator designs were so drift prone that the instrument would not stay in tune long enough to be practical. Finally, after considerable effort, I discovered the solution to the tuning problem—a major breakthrough."

Click to purchase the Anniversary edition of
Jerome Markowitz' book.

Allen Organs founder Jerome Markowitz's First Patent from 1938. His "Stable Oscillator", emmited a "locked" or steady sound wave that required no adjustments, a breakthrough in electronics for this time period.

INSTALLATION: Curaçao Catholic Monasterio (Monastery in Curacao)
E-mail excerpts from Mother Superior, Sister Maria Montserrat, of the Curaçao Catholic Monasterio (Monastery in Curaçao) explain the Monastery's decision to purchase their second Allen Organ.

Two years ago we wanted to buy a new organ and our community said no, because they thought that the sound of this organ (Protégé) was so special, so sweet and we never can find and organ with that special sound. Other organs have a metallic sound.

Now, we finally decided to purchase a new Allen Bravura organ but we want to keep the organ (Protégé) so we can use it for music rehearsal, also to practice the pieces (music) for the mass, etc. We want to put it on another place and the new one in the same place that now it is.

United in praying!

Best regards!

Sor María Montserrat

After installing the new Bravura, AOC updated circuit boards for the Protégé they were playing, and installed it in another part of the Monastery as a practice organ, Mother Superior then wrote:

¡Hola! Bravura is beautiful... precious!... and sounds so pretty.
The shipment arrived at Curaçao last Wednesday 26, on Tuesday at the Monastery inside the box and yesterday was installed... Hip, hip hurray!!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks a lot. Really we're very happy and very very greatfully to Allen Organ Company.

Best Regards for all of the team,

Sor María Montserrat

INSTALLATION: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Glennville, NY
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Glennville, New York had an older analog organ that was beyond repair. The organist knew exactly what he wanted: a custom stop list with full reed choruses in the Swell and Great, and 8' Principals in the Swell and Choir divisions, plus a Pontifical Trumpet. The Pastor also wanted more modern MIDI sounds to accommodate the growing variety of musical needs. The Allen Vista Navigator™ was added for this purpose.

The Quantum™/Custom Three-Manual organ has 89 stops, a 26 channel audio system, custom font engravings, and Cathedral-style side overlays. Even the LED's color for the key cheek pistons and On/Off indicator are custom!

The Pastor of Immaculate Conception decided to purchase an Allen organ based on Allen's fine reputation in the Diocese, and the relationship built with the church while providing them a temporary loaner organ during the purchase process. Immaculate Conception seats over 1000 and the parishioners have been amazed at the sound quality of the new digital Allen!

The organ's dedication concert was performed by organist/composer, Diane Bish.

- submitted by Bradley Day

Click to see this organ as Organ of the Week

Organist/Composer Diane Bish (center) poses with Bradley and Meryl Day at the organ's Dedication Concert.

#1 Technology for the Traditionalist
Hosted by Barry Holben

- Monday, September 14, 2015 7PM to 9PM
Location: Allen Organs' Octave Hall
3370 Route 100, Macungie, PA

To register, call 610-966-2202 (press 3 at the menu) or register online at www.allenorgan.com/workshops (when attending, use the Sales entrance doors)
#2 MIDI, Registrations & Improvisation
Hosted by Maestro Hector Olivera

- Saturday, November 14, 2015 9AM to Noon
Location: Allen Organs' Octave Hall
3370 Route 100, Macungie, PA

To register, call 610-966-2202 (press 3 at the menu) or register online at www.allenorgan.com/workshops (when attending, use the Sales entrance doors)

Click to register for either, or both, workshops!

Allen Video on the Web

If you haven't heard by now, Maestro Hector Olivera will be performing special engagements, across the country, through the Allen Organ Artist Program! Maestro Hector Olivera performed several of his favorite selections on the Allen Quantum/Custom Q475 at Octave Hall. Here is one of them. Enjoy!

  Watch Video:  W. Ralph Driffill's "Toccata" - Maestro, Hector Olivera

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

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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 these selections!

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Classical Selection Toccata from Symphony V in F - Op. 42 No. 1; Widor
Performer: Carlo Curley
From: Carlo Curley Concert Favorites

Religious Selection Amazing Grace; arr. Diane Bish
Performer: Diane Bish
From: Diane Bish - Organ Favorites

Theatre Selection Show Me the Way to Go Home; Traditional
Performer: Thomas Hazleton
From: Just A Bird's Eye View

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Organ of the Month
Organ of the Month

Thank you all for your votes last month and for your enthusiasm! The previous Organ of the Month winner was the Heritage™ Quantum™/Custom Two-tone Walnut/Oak Finish Four-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 Sept./Oct. 2015 the contestants are:
• Bravura™ Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Pipe/Digital Combination Walnut Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Custom Oak Finish Three-Manual
• Bravura™ Custom Walnut Finish Curly Maple Interior Three-Manual

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