ASK FATHER: Pipe organs, being expensive, how about manually pumped reed organs?

Posted June 11, 2019 6:38 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Pipe organs, being expensive, how about manually pumped reed organs?

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QUAERITUR:
Pipe organs being too expensive for most parishes, and many electronic organs being used instead sound terrible and turn people off from the organ, what are your thoughts on bringing back reed (pump) organs to church?
I never really appreciated just what one was capable until I heard it played by competent people who knew how to get the most out of it.
Take, for example, Widor’s Toccata played on this rather large pump organ that even has a peddle board: https://youtu.be/fsTG7NtNZCk
Or Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor: https://youtu.be/Bh0zigNPoec
Or for hymns, Hyfrydol: https://youtu.be/8_AZMtbainI
This was the standard instrument in many

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