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Old 30th October 2010, 07:38 PM   #11
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Pretty good for a big organ.
Heh - about a week before I saw it, I toured the Boardwalk Hall organs in Atlantic City. Canada's largest sort of had some of the intimidation factor taken off after that.

We were in Boardwalk Hall for three hours, and still only saw about half of the Midmer-Losh. It just goes on and on and on. Of course, part of that three hours was getting stuck in the freight elevator for 30 minutes...
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Old 30th October 2010, 08:57 PM   #12
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I have recordings of several of the organs that are the "world's largest."

If I recall, the Atlantic City and some others are impressive in their own large ways but as far as musical enjoyment with 10 sec reverb times, they are best for enduring classics such as the pokey "Sheep may safety graze..."

For big sound, the greatest big sound I am aware of is the Aeolian-Skinner in St. John the Divine, worlds largest stone gothic church, they claim. There is a stop called "the state trumpeter" with pipes horizontal under the rose window at the far (west) end. On stuff like Jeremiah Clark's march, no sound like it as the wave works its way down the hall. God knows how to play it with that kind of delay to the console.

In Toronto, the organ at Yorkminster Baptist is the King for reeds and the show-off French literature.
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Old 31st October 2010, 01:13 AM   #13
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Actually, reverb time wasn't that bad at Boardwalk Hall - it's had a lot of work done on that issue. I'd say it's around 5 seconds. The seating is quite a bit different than when the last recordings of the organ were done... it's in a tiered horseshoe shape now which has an effect on reverb. Of course, the Midmer-Losh may be louder now too, the way they've got the seating.

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I didn't get to hear it while I was there to say for sure what effect the reverb has on the organ. The whole swell division was missing, out for restoration, so they wouldn't fire it up. It was cool standing in the half empty stage left chamber looking up and up and up at the distant ceiling.

Click the image to open in full size.

The real surprise was that the organ was in much better shape than I was expecting. I was dreading the sight of crushed and mangled pipes, but didn't see much of that. Just a lot of dust from not getting any attention over the years.

I have Michael Murray's recording at St. John. That trumpet stop is magnificent. I need to see that organ in person too.

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Old 29th October 2011, 10:38 PM   #14
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Last night, another fun dress-up Halloween organ event. I've attached the program. We sat mid-hall (quite good but couldn't see the clowning on stage as well). Measured around 92 dBC at loudest.

Biggest organ in Canada, they claim. Since the manuals are electrically connected, they moved the keyboard to centre of the church front. Maybe next year I'll get some pictures.

The special treat is that they try to put the most thundering organ music with the most and lowest pedals on the program. So a Halloween treat as well as an audiophile treat.

BTW, those variations on Amor Satis Est by Paul Ayres is "All you need is love..." by the Feb Four. Audience loved it and laughed a lot.

My "take away message" is still the same: you can set up a similar fun Halloween organ bash in your town too.

Ben
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Old 10th September 2012, 12:12 PM   #15
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Get ready for 2012: Oct 26, 10 PM.

Remember, this is also a costume event.

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Old 27th October 2012, 01:06 PM   #16
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Best Phantoms of the Organ yet! Big crowd. Entertaining costumes (I'll post a picture of mine one of these days). Held as always at Metropolitan United, largest organ in Canada. Pedals start to finish. Couldn't ask for more bass. (You've seen that old but illuminating cartoon about the HiFi addict who has an urge to twiddle with his sound control knobs at live concerts?)

BTW, the event is free but contributions to the Royal Canadian College of Organists scholarship fund are solicited.

Included T&F in d-minor (of course) and wound up with Boellmann's roof-raising Toccata*. Also Gounod's March of the Marionettes (Alfred Hitchock theme) and a piece for organ four hands (played in high heels). Special treat this year was a sung duet from Phantom of the Opera.

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*Actually, another organ in town is more fabulous for French organ music with the loud reeds: Yorkminster Park Baptist. A week ago, we heard a complete run of Frank's Grande Piece Heroique. What a treat!!!
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Old 25th October 2013, 11:30 AM   #17
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Default TONIGHT.... it's tonight!!!

Metropolitan United Church, 2013 October 25, 10 PM. Largest organ in Canada. Wear a costume.

Looks like the Atlantic City organ survived Hurricane Sandy:

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/n...9bb2963f4.html

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Old 26th October 2013, 09:00 PM   #18
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If you missed it, eat your heart out*! But you can attend next year.

The evening was among the best ever, with more pedals and less spooky chit-chat. Just as well. The Vierne Tocatta and the, OF COURSE, played every year, the Suite Gothic, shook the rafters (if there were any rafters).

I'm a big fan of Frank Bridge (his "The Sea" influenced Britten to become a composer as a child) and his Adagio was charming, even had low pedals... like all the pieces.

"Evocation II" was contemporary - but nice and loud.

Unless I am mistaken, seems this organ has some of the big pipes in a swell box. Is that usual?

Big crowd - over a thousand, I'd guess. But I was too busy in Row 2 eyeballing my SPL meter. Performers and many in the crowd were in Halloween attire. (See my next post.)

Now, my Klipsch bass horn can play as loud but certainly not as low.

Ben
*Is that a ghoood Halloween greeting?
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Old 26th October 2013, 09:42 PM   #19
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Some pix. Dark, busy, jolly, hard to get good pictures.

Oh right, you want to know about SPL?

Ummm, seems my Radio Shack meter reads on loud parts about 98 dBC. But the lab correction at 20 Hz is 15 dB and at 30 Hz it is 10 dB, maybe 7 dB at 40. So, maybe you should add 12 dB to that peak*. Dunno.

B.
*Using REW software, you can program the correction in. But these measurements are just with the SPL meter.
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Old 27th October 2013, 12:08 AM   #20
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Preparing to sacrifice first-born vinyl record at Beethoven Altar before proceeding to Halloween bash.*

Ben
*Big job is Dayton-Wright panel and on top is 4-cell tweeter. Right behind is Klipsch corner horn.
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