gazman Posted March 24, 2008 Share Posted March 24, 2008 The discussion about the piston system on the St. Edmundsbury thread has got me musing about the various qualities of general pistons and sequencers. I have always avoided sequencers (and even steppers) as I feel myself to be in less control should I press the "Next" piston in the wrong place, or should I forget to press it at all. I feel that, say, "Level 39, General 6" tells me exactly what to press, and gives me a point of reference should I find that I've made a mistake, rather than wondering what's gone wrong and whether to press the "Next" piston or the "Back" piston to get the combination I require. When the organ at one of my churches was rebuilt back in 1998, the organ builders strongly encouraged me to have a sequencer fitted. They argued that, as I was using the organ then for weekly organ recitals, it would be of great utility to be able to programme combinations in on a sequencer, and that I was being a bit of a stick-in-the-mud by saying that I'd rather just programme combinations in on general pistons, and move between each of the levels. Despite having given recitals on a number of large organs with sequencers, I've continued to stay away from sequencers because of my concern that it would be too easy to press the "Next" piston in the wrong place or to forget to press it and find myself completely lost. However, last month, I decided I'd break with my habit and join the 21st Century when I played at York Minster and to use the sequencer. Although I latch on to modern technology reasonably quickly, after five minutes of John Scott Whiteley trying to show me how the sequencer worked, I was still at a loss, and decided to play safe and to keep to general pistons again. What do others on this forum think? Are sequencers generally more useful than generals (and, if so, in what way)? Or do they remove a certain amount of control from the performer? I'd be interested in any views. Thanks. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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