About a year ago, Walt began talking with Buch Organ Company about the purchase of a new C-330 for his home in Middletown, PA. A month later, we delivered the new organ much to Walt’s delight. After 6 months of intense practice and enjoyment, Walt decided to upgrade from the C-330 to, well, at first, the Rodgers Classic Series. After some thought, the Artist Series was really what he hoped for, but was not sure about the cost. Making a few sacrifices and saving up, Walt decided to go all the way to the three manual, drawknob organ, the Rodgers Artist Series 599.
The order was placed and the new Rodgers Artist Series 599 organ in dark oak finish was delivered to his fifth floor apartment, going up one of the smallest elevators ever built. Walt was really surprised that he could afford this magnificent instrument AND get it in his apartment! (Not without a little shoe-horning and creativity, though.)
Since then, Walt has polished up a lot of his organ repertory and recorded it, saving it on the 599’s USB memory. From there, it will be backed up on a computer and on the cloud – all so his grandchildren and great grandchildren will get to hear their grandfather play the organ and get to know him through his music. Walt also says it is so he may listen to it in his old age and reflect on the days when he could really play that literature!
The Rodgers Artist Series 599 has extraordinary capabilities. For example, Walt had a specific design for what each of the 10 toe studs would do and they were programmed and labeled to reflect his design – while he watched, not at the factory either but in his living room. Walt also wanted a few of the voice palette stops to be the “engraved” default stops. Again, a very simple procedure on Rodgers Artist Series 599.
Walt, a former cathedral organist, is very pleased with his choice. We just hope he doesn’t move soon! He is a very special client of Buch Organ Company – in truth, that’s how we like to think of all our clients.