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Virtual tour of the Atlantic City organ
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What impressed me about this is that so many people claim wrongly that pianos have all this tension on the soundboard. This organ has that much actual gravitational force on a single rank!



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Neat video to watch! I've periodically kept track of the restoration efforts that's gone into that organ over the years. The organ at our old church also went through a period of disrepair and I was surprised to find that they managed to repair it during the last Christmas. It had suffered water damage from a leaking roof and developed wind chest leaks among other problems.

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Interesting video! I wonder how this got built and completed right during the great depression. Almost sounds like a make work project. Organ purists will certainly notice how they use the term "keyboard" instead of the more organ specific term "manual".


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BDB,

Thank you for sharing this link, BDB.

I have walked through the Wanamaker organ, which was a great experience. I have been excited to hear about all of the work being put into the Atlantic City Convention Center organ, but I haven't gotten out to see any of the recitals yet. I certainly haven't toured the instrument either.

Thank you again. I thoroughly enjoyed the video!


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Thank you for posting the video. Very, very interesting.

Being in the presence of a pipe organ being played is a whole body experience. There's nothing else quite like it.


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As one who's studied the organ this is an instrument I've heard a lot about. It's very cool to have a virtual tour, but the sight of the divisions still awaiting restoration is a bit sad. Still hearing and seeing some of the more impressive ranks is inspiring. How do you tune a 64' pipe (speaking at 8 Hz). You can't hear it, maybe an electronic tuner? And the idea of a rank that produces 138 dB is scarey. I wouldn't want to be anywhere near it when being played. I have heard a 32' Bombarde (the old Aeolian Skinner at Duke) and the bottom C made a noise that might best be described as a gigantic and very low pitched belch. Thanks for posting this.

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The local sad story is Austin Opus 500, which is I believe the 7th largest organ in the world, which dates from the 1915 Pan Pacific Exposition. It was damaged in the Loma Prieta earthquake. It has been repaired, but was not replaced in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, and is stored in boxes in Brooks Hall. The organ space at the auditorium has been repurposed, and the organ needs another space.


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