Being able to control the MIDI Sequence from anywhere in the church can be quite useful if the organist is going to be away. He or she can record a bunch of songs, then the priest or somebody in the choir can just press play when needed. This is an easy thing to do in the Maestro system. In fact, if the organist really wanted to, we could set it up so they press play while sipping a piña colada pool side. 

Laugh or Cry?

a short play by Cathy Ingram 

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There are many purists in the organ world, people who shudder at the thought of introducing electronic tone generation or MIDI to a pipe organ. Unless somebody is building a tracker organ with no electronics whatsoever, Classic does have a wide variety of products suitable for them. We are however pragmatists. With the changing demographics and aesthetics in main line churches, the desire and/or need for hybrid organs is increasing.

Although I did a Bachelor of Music before studying electronics, my major instrument was trumpet, so I didn't know a whole lot about pipe organs when I first started working here. I'm finding I'm still learning a lot. The following list of previously unknown pipe stops was found on I hope you find it as educational as I did.

Last year we did a new Maestro System for Timothy Easton Memorial Church in Toronto, included in the specs for this organ were 2 new ways to step through registrations, so it seems appropriate to go through the different ways you can now sequence through registrations.


We don't get a cake for our 40th Anniversary, just a cookie :)

On February 24, 1976 a young Henry Wemekamp took what had been a couple miscellaneous projects for a friend and established The Classic Organ Company Ltd, a new company building control systems for pipe organs.

Classic Organ Works has recently finished working with Bon Smith of Austin Organ Service on the installation of a new instrument at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hartford CT. I was the lead applications engineer for this job. 

by John Coenraads

Henry grew up a farm boy, getting up early each morning to help milk the cows, before catching the bus for school. He wasn't much enamored with either end of a cow however, so his heart wasn't in it, but he was already demonstrating technical creativity. I remember Henry finding a gear box once, which he than used as the basis for building a self-unloading feed wagon. 

There are a couple controls that get put on a console that sometimes create confusion, as people don't fully understand how MIDI works on a Classic system. These are Multi MIDI and MIDI Registration Off.


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