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Organ in a Box

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When I came into the office a while back I was greeted with a sight of a Welsh National Opera vehicle parked outside which I assure you is not a frequent sight. On entering the building I found a repair in progress on their travelling Viscount Organ that had recently blown an amplifier driving external speakers.

What impressed me, besides our repairs while you wait facility, was the neat way this small organ was transported about the country.

Organ in box 2It is our Cadet 31-S(27) so a smaller pedal board but as you see from the photographs the WNO have made a purpose built trolley and hard box to contain the instrument and its 2 external speakers which then all moves about on castors.

We are all perhaps familiar with term ‘box organ’ for those beautiful little continuo pipe organs often seen in Cathedral choirs. Here is a picture of a typical box organ.

Box Organ vs Organ BoxBut this is an organ in a box! Definitely not to be confused with a box organ!

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I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 12. I own and run Viscount Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing.

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