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Disapponitment on church-organs.com site (1 reply and 5 comments)
Good morning, I state that I am a possessor of a Physis organ (Sonus 40) of which I am satisfied.
I have always been interested in digital organ technology, and for this I often visit some sites of electronic organs.
For some time I have been following the church-organs.com website, which is sponsored by Allen.
I express all my disappointment on that site. There is clearly false information, and I find it incorrect that who manages the site does not expose it with name and surname, but maintain anonymity.
As a Viscount organ owner, I find this misconduct, and I also think there are extremes for going to court.
I also read David Mason's answers, and I agree with him. That site aims to denigrate other companies, and in many cases the written information is clearly false.
I hope Viscount takes action.
Hello and thank you for this post. We are indeed considering how to respond to the church-organs.com site. Happily most people expressing a view on social media do seem to recognise it as a biased site with no editorial integrity. It seems that it does not carry much credibility but if you are not a busy researcher you may not realise that it carries information that is out of context intended to damage all brands except Allen. It is a perfect example of fake news and the Allen Organ Company must be very worried indeed to promote this type of activity in what one would hope was a market place where integrity should be uppermost in all supplier minds. Regards David
The serious fact is that the site is sponsored by Allen.
I'm afraid that that kind of unfair competition will give damage the same Allen. Personally I would never buy a product from an unfair company. Even the rules of the market, and fairness in the competition play a role of trust towards the buyer.
Let's think what would happen if Steinway criticized, using fake news, the Bosendorfer pianos. It would immediately lose credibility.
I hope that Allen immediately closes that site and their apologizes with an official statement.
Otherwise I hope it is brought to court.
You make a very good point. Thank you. David
Just a quick note to say I am very much satisfied with my UNICO CLV8. I would probably not have been able to afford a 3 manual Allen for home use. I will sacrifice some console construction detail for the opportunity to own an organ with all the features this one has. It's a shame that the website referred to in this discussion is so dismissive of Viscount's products. I am very much a fan.
I have see how the Allen consoles are built, and how the circuitry is assembled, and I can guarantee you that they are not superior to Viscount.
On the contrary, Viscount, with its Physis technology, offers a sound quality immensely superior to Allen.
From the sounds I've heard, Allen still uses a few short samples for each stop; a technology that was enough 30 years ago, but today it is totally inadequate.
I have not seen the interior of an Allen. I play a Rodgers Oxford 945 digital/pipe combo for services every Sunday and have been very pleased with it over the years. The acoustics in our Sancutary are wonderful for organ and the installation is very well done. Many channels are utilized. I would guess that my Viscount would sound equally nice in that environment. If we were to ever replace the Rodgers, I would take a serious look at Viscount. I think the key to realistic rendering of a pipe organ is in no small part dependent on the sound system it is played through. It's not fair to judge by the on-board system alone. (The Oxford 945 does not even include on-board sound)
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