Guest Geoff McMahon Posted August 11, 2004 Share Posted August 11, 2004 Douglas Corr posted a question about console proportions on the old list which was interesting. This subject comes up quite regularly in organ building circles with occasional requests that organ builders get their act together and adopt the same dimensions for all their instruments. That really isn't possible due to the wide range of styles of organs, but there are questions which can be addressed. There are standardised dimensions which have been established by the Bund der Deutsche Orgelbauer (BDO), The Royal College or Organists (RCO) and the American Guild of Organists (AGO). These latter two are similar although the BDO one is slightly different. However, the RCO and AGO ones were established some while back and to some extent have been overtaken by the passage of time, specifically because people tend to be taller than they used to be. We base our dimensions on the RCO/AGO general recommendations but have found that organists are happier if we pull the pedal board out by about 50mm and increase the distance between the key bench and the pedal board by about 30mm. This leads to a more upright playing position rather than the more laid back one which seems to have been popular in the immediate post-war period. This has generally (but not always) met with approval, but I suspect the search for a one-size-fits-all is an elusive one and would probably never come about. John Pike Mander Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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