Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
December 6, 2005
I have been playing piano for 40 years. I have been taking organ lessons at church for 6 months. I am an assistant organist on a Johannus opus 5, chapel size organ. Recently I have started practicing on a pipe organ, custom made by a Vermont firm with 2 manuals, in a small church, using previous pipe organ pipes and adding to them.
What type of organ would you recommend for my home use to practice foot pedals?
I will assume that the church instrument upon which you take lessons has a full 32-note pedal compass according to American Guild of Organists ‘specifications’, as should your Johannus Opus 5 (it might have only 30-notes). In which case, any electronic instrument with 30 or 32 pedal keys should provide you with a good practice machine.
Such an instrument will also likely have full-compass (61-note) manuals.
Good luck with your studies!