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.

It's been several years, with a few false starts, but our new Linux-based computer system is now being installed into churches. We call this new system Maestro, and are referring to the old CCC/PCC based system, which is still available, as Legacy. 

I came across this interesting article about a pipe organ Croatia which is played by the waves in the Adriatic Sea pushing air through the pipes. 


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