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Bel Air Presbyterian Church

Bel Air Presbyterian Church 1996

Church Keyboard Center provides a variety of pipe organ options, from custom-built pipe organs to hybridizing existing pipe organs or adding pipes to an existing Rodgers organ.

We have more experience creating pipe+digital hybrid organs, and more hybrid organs in churches throughout California, than any other organ builder in the region. Understanding the options for your church begins with a conversation about your musical goals and a survey of your existing pipe organ (if applicable).

Here is a brief sampling of our hybrid organs (click on the name to see more photos and information):

A hybrid organ is the optimal solution when a pipe organ is desired, but the budget is insufficient for an organ of appropriate size for the worship center or auditorium. The hybrid solution offers several natural advantages:

  • Enjoy the visual and tonal beauty of pipes to the extent your budget allows–as few as four to six ranks make a substantial contribution to the overall tonal ensemble.  In the list above see Azusa Pacific University, St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church as examples.
  • Overall quality of sound: today’s Rodgers digital organs provide a realistic pipe organ sound with the most sophisticated voicing controls, enabling us to seamlessly blend the digital stops with the pipe stops. In our hybrid installations, you can’t tell where the pipes stop and the digital begins.
  • Minimized pipe maintenance expense: tuning and maintenance for the pipework in the hybrid organ is substantially less than an all-pipe organ of comparable size to the hybrid. For example, a typical hybrid of 50 ranks—10 ranks of pipes and 40 digital “ranks”—would incur approximately 20% of the tuning and maintenance expense that a 50-rank pipe organ would require.
  • The flexibility and economy of digital technology: the digital pipe ranks efficiently and effectively add the “ranks” necessary to create an organ of sufficient size and flexibility to fulfill your musical goals.
  • Reliability: the state-of-the-art digital technology in both the Rodgers console and the pipe interface provide rock-solid performance.

A 3-manual Rodgers digital console replaced the original 2-manual console on the Abbott & Sieker organ at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Tustin, in December 2014.

The hybrid organ is a smart solution for older existing pipe organs with a failing console and/or where the small size of the organ is limiting or inadequate for the current musical needs of the church.

Rodgers state-of-the-art pipe organ interface system enables any Rodgers console to be connected to any existing pipe organ. The total investment for a Rodgers console and the pipe organ interface is often comparable to other alternatives, such as rebuilding the pipe organ console or building a new pipe organ console. With a Rodgers console and new pipe interface, you end up with a larger instrument (more total voices with the pipes plus the digital voices), and one that is eminently more versatile with many more pipe organ and orchestral voices that the Rodgers console adds to your pipe organ.

Rodgers’ state-of-the-art digital technology, both in our consoles and the pipe organ interface, offers a number of advantages compared to others:

Achieve your goal quickly–for an existing pipe organ, the conversion to a hybrid organ can be accomplished quickly and with minimal disruption. The entire process–replacing the console and connecting the interface to the pipe organ is usually completed within one to three weeks, with no downtime for Sunday services. All Rodgers organ consoles are pipe compatible, no customization is required.

Greatest flexibility–Rodgers organ consoles provide the ultimate flexibility and control of your pipe organ–no custom programming or special software required. All of the configuring to play the pipes is accomplished in the system menus built into the console. Any new or pre-owned Rodgers console available from Church Keyboard Center is pipe compatible by design and may be interfaced to pipes at any time.

State-of-the-art digital interface–the Rodgers Pipe Integration Manager (PIM), introduced in 2012, is our new pipe controller that interfaces the Rodgers console to the pipes. The PIM is field programmable, enabling us to easily interface to any amount of pipework and make changes as needed or desired.

The most powerful voicing capability–voicing the digital pipe voices is critical to the success of a hybrid organ: the digital voices must blend seamlessly with the pipe stops. A Rodgers digital organ is easily voiced to achieve this goal. Rodgers organs have the most extensive voicing control of any digital organ available today, enabling blending digital voices with pipe stops with great precision and subtlety, note by note. Please ask us to demonstrate this ability.