PipeChat Digest #4146 - Tuesday, December 9, 2003
 
Re: Advice on Allen
  by "Andrew Barss" <andrew.barss@ns.sympatico.ca>
 

(back) Subject: Re: Advice on Allen From: "Andrew Barss" <andrew.barss@ns.sympatico.ca> Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 23:59:24 -0400     On Monday, December 8, 2003, at 09:24 PM, RMaryman@aol.com wrote:   > In a message dated 12/8/2003 10:51:17 AM Eastern Standard Time, > tcarter215@yahoo.com writes: > > > Can anybody out there supply me with dates of production, approx. > dimensions and do's and don'ts for moving an Allen T12B > > > I know that the T-12-A was still in production in aoubt 1975 because a > friend of mine bought one brand new from the DC area Allen sales reps.   They went out of production in 1976 with the introduction of the MDC-20 (sometimes called "Classic 20") series of baby digital organs.     > This organ was also known as the Allen Rondo, and came in various > configurations, mostly a question of how many pedal stops (the "T" is > that is was a transistorized machine) The original Rondo had 2 16' > stops, the T-12A had 5 (16, 16, 8, 5 2/3, and 4) not sure about the > the t-12B. but the t-12A was a fully self-enclosed organ, no external > speakers, tho the Rondo usually had a single external "Gyrophonic" > style speaker unit.   If memory serves, the Rondo had a 25-note pedalboard whereas the T-12 series had the 32-note "princess" pedalboard (i.e., the pedals are narrower and shorter than AGO). There may have been other differences between the two. T-12A and T-12B were effectively the same organ with speakers being the only significant distinction -- "A" had console speakers and "B" had external "gyro" cabinet only.     > As fas as moving it...get losts of helpers...they are quite heavy, as > alll the generators and amps and other circuitry is self-contained. > Also, check to see that the pedal board is on dis-connect plugs or the > pedals will be teathered to the console, which will make moving it > more of a challenge! > Rick in VA   The pedalboard will be attached via a set of connecting plugs and, Rick's right -- the suckers are heavy.   From a technical/musical perspective, these instruments were built around a single rank of analogue sine-wave generators which were combined at different pitches to create rough approximations of various stops. As a result everything is heavily borrowed and duplexed.