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Moving Drawknobs for Rodgers Imagine 351

The Rodgers Imagine 351 organ is already our best seller for church installations, and it just keeps better.  Now available with lighted OR moving drawknobs.

Moving drawknobs available on the Rodgers Imagine 351 organ

Moving drawknobs available on the Rodgers Imagine 351 organ

The Imagine 351 is a 59-stop feature-rich model that is pipe compatible, making it a powerful and economically competitive alternative to rebuilding a failing console on a mid-sized pipe organ.

Hear the latest Imagine 351 music video….

New Organ for the Historic San Gabriel Mission

The vintage Wurlitzer pipe organ at the San Gabriel Mission in San Gabriel, CA, was totally destroyed in the July 2020 arson fire that gutted the 250-year-old building.  Plans for the restoration of the building began almost immediately, including planning for a new organ.

Church Keyboard Center is honored to provide a new 3-manual 59-stop Rodgers Imagine organ that will support with great versatility the wide range of events that take place in the Mission building, including concert performances.

With the multiple organs that are built-in and the extensive voicing capability, we plan to adapt one of the organ suites to replicate the sound of a mission organ of the eighteenth century when the San Gabriel Mission was built and became the birthplace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

We are anticipating the organ installation to be completed by mid-2022.

The July 2020 fire at the historic San Gabriel Mission

The July 2020 fire at the historic San Gabriel Mission that gutted the interior and destroyed the vintage Wurlitzer pipe organ

The San Gabriel Mission interior the morning after the fire

The San Gabriel Mission interior the morning after the fire

May 2021--the restoration begins. A temporary roof structure (seen here)was quickly added after the fire to protect the interior from winter rains

May 2021–the restoration in progress. A temporary roof structure (seen here) was quickly added after the fire to protect the interior from winter rains.

September 2021--Church Keyboard provided an organ for the prayer service in the Mission parking lot that kicked off the 250th Jubilee Year celebration of the founding of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

September 2021–Church Keyboard provided an organ for the prayer service in the Mission parking lot that kicked off the 250th Jubilee Year celebration of the founding of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

December 2021--restoration continues with the permanent roof structure complete

December 2021–restoration continues with the permanent roof structure complete

New Custom Monarke Organ gets VIP Visitors

On November 7, 2021, The Rt. Rev. John Taylor, Bishop Diocesan for the Los Angeles Diocese of the Episcopal Church, presided at a very joyful dedication of the rebuilt All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito.  The dedication of the new organ was part of the ceremony and festivities.  Nelson Huber, Organist Emeritus and consultant for the Monarke organ project played for the service.

Steven Thomson, Bishop Taylor, and Nelson Dodge chat at the reception following the All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church building dedication service Nov. 7, 2021

Interim Music Director Steven Thomson, Bishop Taylor, and Nelson Dodge chat at the reception following the All Saints by-the-Sea Episcopal Church building dedication service Nov. 7, 2021

A beautiful video tells the story of the rebuild project.

On Monday, November 15, 2021, Nelson Dodge hosted Marco Van De Weerd and Rene Van Hoef, Global Organ Group CEO and Worldwide Sales VP respectively, for the first stop of their first visit to the United States since travel restrictions were lifted.  Marco and Rene were delighted to see and hear the results of the two years of planning and work that went into creating this beautiful new Monarke organ.

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L to R: Tom Mack, Facilities Project Committee Member, Alyson Eyer-Delevett, Project Coordinator, Bitsy Bacon, Organ Committee Member, Marco Van De Weerd, Rene Van Hoef, and Nelson Dodge

 

A debut concert for the organ is planned for early 2022 to be played by Nelson Huber.

 

Two Rodgers Inspire Classic Church Installations

The new Rodgers Inspire Classic organ that is proving to be an exciting practice organ for organists in their homes (see March news story here) is also an effective organ for smaller churches with the addition of external speakers.

Church Keyboard has completed the installation of two Rodgers Inspire 227 Classic organs in Southern California churches:

  • Loraine Avenue Baptist Church in Glendora–the new Inspire organ is a substantial upgrade from a 2M Rodgers organ with very basic features that had served the church for over 20 years.
  • Church of the Foothills in Ventura–replacing an analog technology Rodgers organ that served the church for about 40 years.
Just arrived: the new Rodgers Inspire 227 Classic organ at Church of the Foothills, Ventura CA

Just arrived: the new Rodgers Inspire 227 Classic organ at Church of the Foothills, Ventura CA

As the lowest-priced new Rodgers organ, the Inspire 227 Classic is easily within reach for any small church.  The powerful DS Core technology platform delivers “big pipe organ” sound, even with a modest audio system.

Hearing is believing–call to schedule an appointment to hear either of these organs or demo the Inspire 227 Classic in our studio.

In June, Church Keyboard also installed an Inspire Classic organ in a practice room at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach.  Read the story here.

Two New Rodgers Imagine 351 Organs Installed in SoCal Churches

Church Keyboard has completed the installation of Rodgers Imagine 3-manual organs at Mandarin Baptist Church in Alhambra, and LaVerne Heights Presbyterian Church in LaVerne.

The Mandarin Baptist Church organ includes four ranks of Rodgers pipes that were originally installed with a Rodgers organ in the 1990s.  The new Imagine organ is an exciting upgrade.  Tony Ha is the music director.

At LaVerne Heights Presbyterian, the Rodgers Imagine organ replaces a forty-year-old 2-manual Allen organ.   Dr. Janet Harms is the organist.

These new organs featuring DS Core technology bring a new level of capability to replicating the sound of pipes.  Sophisticated voicing controls enable fine-tuning the sound of each organ to the acoustic space in which it is heard.  We’ve been very pleased with the sound of both of these new organs.

Listen for yourself

Click here to hear an audio recording of the Imagine organ at La Verne Presbyterian Church.

La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church - L to R: Pastor Jonathan Hughes, Barbara Shock, donor, Dr. Janet Harms, organist, Nelson Dodge, with the new Rodgers Imagine 351 organ

La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church – L to R: Pastor Jonathan Hughes, Barbara Shock, donor, Dr. Janet Harms, organist, Nelson Dodge, with the new Rodgers Imagine 351 organ

About the Rodgers Imagine 351 organ

Quick specs:

  • 3 manuals
  • 51 stops + 8 Library stops (variable pipe and orchestral voices)
  • 147 Voice Palette pipe organ voices
  • 88 Library pipe organ voices
  • 37 Library orchestral voices
  • 323 total voices
  • Pipe compatible (connects to a Rodgers pipe interface system to play pipes)
  • DS Core technology (Direct Streaming)
  • Click here to see complete Imagine 351 specs

About Direct Streaming

  • Delivers a new level of pipe realism
  • 10-second pipe samples for every note of every stop
  • Click here to read more about the benefits of Direct Streaming
  • Click here for an in-depth explanation of the DS Core technology

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