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Verbeeck 125-key Concert Organs
By Christian Tedesco

Hello,  Before beginning I would like to introduce myself as this is
my first posting. I am a young mechanical music enthusiast living on
the East Coast of the United States and I look forward to getting to
meet you all.

The topic of this post is about the elusive 125-key Verbeeck concert
organs. I have been trying to track down all of these massive organs
as a passion project. Especially, I would greatly appreciate if you all
could help me track down one of these organs. This specific organ is
the organ displayed on Verbeeck's website on the page for the 125-key
organ. I have attached the photograph from said website to this post.

At first, I thought this organ was the organ Johnny Verbeeck built
for one Mr. Willis Boyd. But digging deeper, this seems less and less
likely. According to COAA issue #32 from July 2007, Boyd's concert
organ "contains 1,191 pipes and also incorporates two large automatic
figures that play upon drums at the arranged times. There are 35
registers in the organ".

The organ on Verbeeck's website at does have
sculpted figures, but they appear to be holding brass trumpets, not
drums. A third figure playing an accordion is also present on the far
left side of the case, seemingly a later addition.

In addition, Willis Boyd's organ has 1,191 pipes while according to
Verbeeck's website, the "average" 125-key has 1,237 pipes, so the
similarities are small. In the end, Boyd's organ was supposedly donated
to a unnamed university in Michigan, and the only information on the
organ on Verbeeck's website is from Verbeeck's website itself.

Due to these circumstances I may never know if the two organs mentioned
in this post are one in the same or different, but it's worth reaching
out for help anyway.

Thanks in advance,
Christian Tedesco [delete ".geentroep" to reply]

 [ Organ displayed on Verbeeck's website

 [ Willis Boyd's Verbeeck 125-key organ playing in concert at his
 [ "Rocking Chair Ranch" in Ramona, California, on 30 June 2002. Willis
 [ said it was built in 1990, modeled on Mortier, and the facade is 20
 [ feet high by 34 feet wide.  The figures hold small horns (trumpets?).
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Fri 18 Dec 2020, 22:30:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0800.)

Key Words in Subject:  125-key, Concert, Organs, Verbeeck

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