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Celebrating Our 20th Hybrid Pipe Organ

The latest hybrid pipe organ completed by Church Keyboard Center at the Lancaster LDS Stake Center in August is the 20th hybrid we’ve done (see story here) since we started in 2011.  These are our favorite organ projects because of the dramatic difference we’re able to achieve in the pipe organs that we hybridize.

Replacing an aging pipe organ console is not the only path to a hybrid organ.  In February of this year, we added seven digital stops to a Wicks pipe organ at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Huntington Beach in collaboration with a rebuild of the organ by Dale Schweitzer.  A modest number of digital stops were needed to fill out some stops on the new console Dale built for which there was no pipework.  We supplied and installed the digital voices on a short timeline and at modest cost.  Nelson Dodge voiced the digital stops to blend seamlessly with the pipe ranks.

Yet another hybrid option is installing new pipework with a new Rodgers digital organ.  Three hybrid projects completed recently in the region showcase this approach:

Each of these installations included six ranks of new pipework in the Great division.

This milestone builds on the long history of hybrid pipe organs this dealership has installed in Southern and Central California since the 1980s, under the direction of Dr. Robert Tall.  Some of the larger hybrid organs include:

  • Bel Air Presbyterian Church
  • St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Sherman Oaks, CA
  • Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA
  • Glenkirk Church, Glendora, CA
  • First Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, CA
  • St. Monica Catholic Church, Santa Monica, CA
  • St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, La Quinta, CA

Rodgers Responds–Amazing deals until September 30, 2020

With churches throughout our territory shut down due to COVID-20 and uncertain when in-person services can resume with more than a handful of people, we completely understand that talking about getting a new organ right now is not on anyone’s mind.

Except for this: these extenuating circumstances have inspired the engineers at Rodgers Instruments to do something extraordinary–come up with a new model that leverages the latest state-of-the-art technology introduced last year in the Inspire organs with a price that is lower than we’ve had in over twenty years…..and includes all the powerful Rodgers standard features.

Truly amazing!

Classic EditionI couldn’t be more pleased to announce the Inspire Classic Edition organ–2 manuals with 27 stops.  This new organ has everything a small church needs or professional organist would want in a home practice instrument, including unprecedented low pricing:

$14,995 – Inspire Classic-I with internal audio system for residences and small chapels

$21,995 – Inspire Classic-E with 6-channel external audio system for churches and synagogues

We’re not being shy about these prices–Rodgers is publishing them and we’re helping to get the word out.  To be clear, delivery, installation, and sales tax are not included, but in 20 years we haven’t seen prices this low for an organ that delivers this much value.

Want to see just how much is packed into the Inspire Classic Edition?  Click here to see the full spec sheet.

For your home or chapel…

The Classic-I has a built-in audio system (including sub-woofer), plus a headphone jack for when you need to practice silently.  Adding two optional satellite speakers enables this model to support a chapel seating up to about 100 people.

For your church or synagogue…

The Classic-E comes with a complete six-channel audio system that can easily support a sanctuary seating 300 or more.  If your church has an older analog Rodgers from 30+ years ago, this is an amazing opportunity to upgrade to the very latest technology that really delivers a pipe-like sound and many advanced features the analog organs never had–all for less investment than some of the analog organs required in their day.

Pricing good through September 30, 2020

To get one of these organs at these amazing prices, we must place the order by September 30, 2020.  Please note: after September 30 the regular prices are $17,995 (I) and $26,995 (E).

And by the way, Rodgers is offering special reduced pricing on ALL the Inspire models through September 30, with savings ranging from $3,000 to $6,500.

Zoom with your organ committee

If your church committees are not yet holding in-person meetings we’re prepared to connect with your group via Zoom where we can do a nice presentation (including a video demonstration) and answer questions.  And if you don’t presently have an organ committee, get one quick and at least take a look at what the new Rodgres Inspire Classic offers….or any of the other Inspire models.

Call or e-mail Nelson Dodge to start the conversation: 909-599-7899 or nelson@churchkeyboard.com

Major Upgrade for a Wicks Pipe Organ

The Wicks pipe organ in the Lancaster, CA Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was originally installed in 1975.  It featured a two-manual console of 23 stops playing 11 ranks of pipes.  Over the nearly half-century since it was installed the organ has been well maintained, but as of 2019 it was showing its age.

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Pipe facade of the Wicks pipe organ at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in Lancaster, CA

The windchests and pipes were in good condition, but aging technology in the console and control system was causing the organ to be increasingly unreliable and limited in its capabilities for the current needs of the church.  Additionally, the combination memory consisted of only four generals–extremely limited by modern standards.

Church Keyboard Center was selected in late 2019 to update and upgrade the organ with a new console and control system.  The plan included adding 20 new digital stops (voices) to the existing pipe ranks to eliminate most of the unification/borrowing and make each of the three divisions tonally complete and independent.

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The new Monarke custom console

The new custom Monarke console has two-manuals and 33 stops controlling 30 ranks.  A new digital relay system replaces the original electro-mechanical components.  The old cable bundle between the console and the relays that contained over 200 individual wires is replaced with a single network style (Cat 5) cable.  The original four generals are expanded to twelve generals with 200 levels of memory (a total of 2,400 combinations).

Strohm Organ Service collaborated with Church Keyboard to install the new relay system.  Lawrence Strohm revoiced several of the pipe ranks to correct the effects of age and even out note-to-note voicing, in addition to improving the balance among some ranks.

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Lawrence Strohm working in the Great division of the organ

This project is an excellent example of how a modest pipe organ can be upgraded to be a more versatile instrument for worship music at a point in its life when a major rebuild is necessary.  By choosing the hybrid solution (combination of pipe and digital stops) the church was able to substantially tonally improve the organ while investing about the same as what it costs to rebuild an old pipe organ console.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Lancaster Stake Center                       

 

GREAT                                     

8’              Principal                                    61 pipes

8’              Gedeckt                                     61 pipes

8’              Gamba                                      Digital

4’              Octave                                       61 pipes

4’              Flute                                           Digital

2’              Super Octave                            61 pipes

1 1/3′        Larigot                                       61 pipes

Mixture IV                                  Digital

8’              Trumpet                                     Digital

Sw to Gt 16’

Sw to Gt 8’

Sw to Gt 4’

 

SWELL                                     

16’            Bourdon Doux                          Digital

8’              Diapason                                  Digital

8’              Rohr Flute                                 85 pipes

8’              Salicional                                  61 pipes

8’              Voix Celeste                             49 pipes

4’              Flute                                           Digital

2 2/3’       Nazard                                       Digital

2’              Block Flute                                12 pipes

1 3/5’       Tierce                                         Digital

Mixture III                                   Digital

16’            Trombone                                 Digital

8’              Trompette                                 61 pipe’

8’              Oboe                                          Digital

4’              Clarion                                       Digital

Tremelo

Sw to Sw 16’

Unison Off

Sw to Sw 4’

 

PEDAL                                      

16’            Principal                                    Digital

16’            Sub Bass                                   32 pipes

16’            Lieblich Gedeckt                      Digital

8’              Principal (GT)                           pipe

8’              Rohr Flute (SW)                       pipe

4’              Choral Bass (GT)                     pipe

4’              Flute (GT)                                  pipe

16’            Posaune                                    12 pipes

8’              Trumpet (SW)                           pipe

4’              Clarion (SW)                             pipe

                 Gt to Pd 8’

Sw to Pd 8’

Rodgers Hybrid Pipe Organ Video

This video, produced by our colleagues at Triune Music in the Chicago area, features the new hybrid pipe organ with a Rodgers Infinity 3-manual console at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in St. John, Indiana.

The composition by William Ferris is based on Charles Marie Widor’s Toccata from his Symphony #5. It adds choral “Alleluias” (and optional brass) to the original organ score to create a celebratory anthem.

Live Streamed Worship Services

The following are Church Keyboard Center customers:

Adat Ari El, Valley Village

Anaheim Seventh-day Adventist Church

Bel Aire Presbyterian Church

Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel (Episcopal)

Church of St. Paul in the Desert, Palm Springs (Episcopal)

Church of the Good Shepherd, Arcadia (Methodist)

First Presbyterian Church, Burbank

First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara

First United Methodist Church, Bakersfield

Glenkirk Church, Glendora (Presbyterian)

Holy Family Catholic Community, Glendale

Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church, Fresno

Metropolitan Community Church of the Coachella Valley

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano (Catholic)

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Santa Barbara

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Newport Beach

Presbyterian Church of the Master, Mission Viejo

Rock of the Foothills Church, La Verne (Lutheran)

Rolling Hills United Methodist Church, Rancho Palos Verdes

Shepherd’s Grove, Irvine (Hour of Power)

Sinai Temple, Los Angeles

Simi Valley United Methodist

St. James in the City Episcopal Church, Los Angeles

St. John Chrysostom Episcopal Church, Rancho Santa Margarita

St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Hacienda Heights

St. Luke Lutheran Church, Woodland Hills

St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

St. Monica Catholic Community, Santa Monica

St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Los Angeles

Trinity Anglican Church, Bakersfield

United University Church, Los Angeles

Van Nuys Seventh-day Adventist Church

Here is a selection of others that are live streaming services:

Abiding Savior Lutheran Church, Lake Forest

All Saints’ Beverly Hills (Episcopal)

All Saints’ Church, Pasadena (Episcopal)

Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles

Christ Cathedral, Garden Grove

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Long Beach

First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

First United Methodist Church, Glendale

First United Methodist Church, Pasadena

First United Methodist Church, Whittier

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Dana Point

La Verne Heights Presbyterian Church

Loma Linda University Seventh-day Adventist Church

Manhattan Beach Community Church

North Hollywood United Methodist Church

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach

St. Andrew Roman Catholic Church, Pasadena

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Orange

Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Wilmington

San Marino Community Church

Sun City United Methodist Church

Trinity Lutheran Church, Simi Valley

Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church, Glendale

Valley Beth Shalom, Encino

 

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