The 'plan' is to build a practice organ. We don't have the space to build a huge console, as the organ has to fit in a small music room. A relatively 'minimal' design was created, that would be initially configured as a 2 manual organ, but could easily be upgraded to a 3 manual organ at a later date.
Thanks to SketchUp I was able to experiment with a number of designs, without having to cut any wood. I finally settled on the design shown here. My objectives for this design were to:
- Create a 2 manual organ that could be upgraded to 3 manuals at a later date
- Keep the size of the finished organ to a minimum
- Conform to the AGO and BOC layout specifications (some compromise was needed here)
- Use simple woodworking techniques (I have to build it!)
The organ will be configured with 2 61 key manuals and a 30 key pedalboard. To keep the overall size of the organ to a minimum, the console will sit on top of the pedalboard, and the keyboard stack will be cantilevered from this. Provision has been made for a music shelf above the swell keyboard, although this space has been designed to accommodate a third keyboard.
The music stand will be made of perspex, again to lower the visual height of the organ. The organ will initially have a single swell pedal, although it will be possible to add a crescendo pedal later.
The stops will be controlled from an iPad, running a TouchOSC program.
The organ will be built from planed redwood (pine).
This design is likely to change! I still have to integrate foot pistons, and I'm sure there will be other changes!