willy Posted October 12, 2007 Share Posted October 12, 2007 Hauptwerk is a very interesting and extremely clever invention. When I first heard of it, I thought that its application would be limited, requiring touch screens and all that stuff. I also believed that you wouod have to have a specification as it was and lump it. I was very wrong. My elderly but rather magnificent 3 manual, 101 stop Compton Electrone was becoming a nightmare to keep going, and I needed to do something about it. I found a very good 4 dekker (toaster-oonie) with about 45 stops over 4 manuals, internal speakers for about £17k. It was good, had plenty of flexibility of voicing etc - but I hated the plastic keys and lighted draw stops, when compared to the 1952 opulance of the Compton. A very clever chap from Brighton had been keeping the Electrone going and he suggested Hauptwerk to replace the old Compton generators etc, and so we embarked on a journey which is slowly drawing to an end. The old console has been stripped of all its old wiring and completly refurbished, and wired for MIDI. A 4th Compron manual of the same design and vintage and matching the orginals has been procured and installed. The 101 speaking stops has been reduced to 87, plus the full range of couplers and octave couplers you wouod expect on a 4 manual instrument. I am using one sample set to "fund" the ranks for half of the Great (20 stops) the Swell, Solo and part of the Pedal. Another set funds the other half of the Great, the Choir, rest of the Pedal and a few odd stops around the organ. The specification is pure British "Town Hall" - no apologies for that - no baroque tricks in my music room thanks. The room it is in is about 25x18 feet. The sounds comes from a bank of 14 speakers including a pair of whopping subwoofers for the 5 32s on the pedal. The computer that runs all of this is hidden, and you would not know it was there - and is only unearthed when something needs changing. The total cost of this will be about £11-12k by the time it is all complete. If you want to indulge your fantasies and have a town hall in your own house I can't think of a better way than this. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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