Building organs brings together many different crafts and by
far the largest proportion of work and indeed cost goes into
the actual console which houses the keyboards and stops and
all the works.
you stop and consider the console of any instrument with
which you are familiar, the over-riding material used is
wood, or should be. The console is a piece of furniture, as handsomely
finished as anything which would grace your living room or dining room.
sit on a solid wooden seat which must stand the rigors of
organists - including the heavyweights. The keys sit on a
shelf far thicker and more rigid than an average dining
table, and this supports anything up to 75% of the total
weight of the console. These and many other factors make the
quality manufacture of the console of paramount importance.
Phoenix consoles are made to our own design by our own skilled craftsmen.
Using experience gathered from many years in the pipe and
electronic organ building business, each organ is designed
and built from the ground up using the finest hardwoods and
hardware available. Unlike some organ companies which
utilize MDF (medium density fiber) or even particle board,
we use only the finest North American select hardwoods and
hardwood veneer-core for strength, appearance and longeveity. Pedalboards have
laminated maple capped naturals over strong Canadian Ash.
From the beginning, we decided all consoles would reflect
the pleasing proportions of many of our beloved North
American pipe organ builders. Of course, most of the
European, production-line organs on the market typically
have skimpy sides, keybeds and lids. and over-all down-sized
consoles. Our consoles have pleasing proportions, including
thick sides, keybeds, and tops. In fact, the basic design
idea of the rounded cheek was taken from Aeolian Skinner.
is the rule,
......not the exception.
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