Pelland Pipe Organ Company

Derry, New Hampshire USA


  Nutfield Digital Keyboard Instruments 

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In a perfect world all churches would contain fine pipe organs and all organists would have real organs in their residence for practice.  Since we live in a real world with a multitude of real limitations, I have decided to produce the finest quality pipe organ substitute available.  These instruments are built, not manufactured, individually to a custom specification determined by your desires, the acoustics of the room, and traditional tonal design.

While much advertising money has been spent extolling the virtues of other sound production techniques, I believe that Digital Waveform Sampling, in conjunction with note by note voicing in the church, is still be best tone production method.  In my opinion, remote control devices and freely alterable voice selection, and other sales gimmicks, are of passing interest to only a handful of musicians.  I am confidant that most church organists, and finance committees, are more concerned with a traditionally designed instrument of superior quality and long term reliability. 

The photo above shows the most modest Nutfield instrument.  It is standard practice to show off the largest and most expensive instrument available but, I an convinced, the vast majority of you need something of more practical, and affordable, proportions.  Please keep in mind, as you read the following, that these specifications are for my smallest  instrument.

Solid oak or walnut consoles.  Absolutely no chip-board or composition wood.
Wood, locking roll top to protect keyboards.
Solid, full length wood manual keys with optical switching.
Tracker or electric touch.
Full compliment of combination pistons according to your wishes.
Handy console clock.
Easy to read bright red LED display for all system setup and status. No dim, hard to read, LCD.
Minimum of two expression shoes plus crescendo.
Toe stud combination pistons.
Pedal lamp.
Pedal keyboards with solid oak frames and maple keys, very heavy construction to last for decades.

The instrument is controlled by the exact same microprocessor system I use in rebuilding pipe organs.  It provides you with every imaginable feature and convenience.  There is no reason to list every feature here.  If you can think it, I can do it!  If you have a particular requirement please inquire about it.  All instruments are fully equipped with MIDI.  I include a GS synthesizer and disk recorder for your convenience.  Jacks for MIDI in, out, and expander in and out are included as are audio inputs to the amplification channels.  MIDI stops are implemented as standard organ stops would be.  No fussing with a separate MIDI box during a service, simply drawing a MIDI stop sends the appropriate command to the synth.   The MIDI stops are easily set up and changed and, on each combination memory, the MIDI configurations may be different!  Your instrument can be supplied with a Pentium PC and software for recording and editing of performances.

Rather than go into a dissertation regarding the relative merits of Digital Waveform Sampling versus other generation schemes, I will simply offer to send you a CD that demonstrates the pictured instrument, the smallest Nutfield.  This instrument has 30 organ stops, 9 MIDI stops and pedal couplers.  The tone is produced through a 12 channel bi-amped amplification system.  Reeds and string stops are C-C# split and flue stops are grouped for chorus effect. The church is approximately 50 by 90 feet and 40 feet high at the peak.  It is fully carpeted and has a lively, but not reverberant, sound.  The CD has had no audio enhancement and was recorded in real-time by Mr. Eric Anderson.

Mpeg III cuts of the Nutfield CD described above

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