National Geographic : 1973 Nov
CHOOSE AN ORGAN LIKE YOU'D CHOOSE AN ORCHESTRA. Audition an organ with some of the same criteria a conductor would use to audition an orchestra. First consideration: Size. Like an undersized orchestra, a too-small organ could lack the right combination of power, range, and color to satisfy your musical appetite. Since modern or gans last for decades, underbuying is an en during mistake. Ifyoudoneeda small instrument, make sure it incorporates the advantages of big in strument technology. Yamaha makes a full range of organs, and even the small models have considerable vari ety and power. Conductors need a large range of sound to work with, and so do organists. The smallest organ you should consider should have a minimum of three divisions worth of range for versatility: two keyboards and a pedalboard. Larger organs, like theYamaha E10OR, have extended keyboards for wider tonal range. One organ, the Yamaha DK40, has five divisions of sound in stead of just three. Choose an organ with a selection of tone colors from each basic family of the orchestra: brass, woodwinds, and strings. Don't expect literal imitations of their sound. Rather, look for similar ity in terms of sound character. Avoid organs with whole families of color missing. Even the small- est Yamaha provides colors from the three basic families, and most also have a fourth family, percussion. Yamaha Auto Rhythms borrow the rhythm section of the orchestra electronically. They automati cally play a variety of beats -from rock to bossanova - at the speed and volume level you predetermine. Another Yamaha feature, ABC (Automa tic Bass Chord) adds full harmonic accompani ment (and makes full sounding organ music easier to play). When an orchestra requires a unique sound or effect, it usually brings in extra musicians. Many Yamaha Electones have those extras built right in. Banjo, accordion, piano, harpsichord, chimes, Hawaiian guitar, and vibraphone are available. So are Wah Wah (New Orleans jazz), Repeat (mandolin style), Glide (steel-guitarish), and Touch Vibrato ("cry ing" strings). There are other ex tras, and it's helpful to try them all. Like a fine orches tra, a fine organ can be called upon to do almost anything in the world of music. If it's appropriately matched to its job. For more informa tion on organ buying, see your Yamaha dealer. He'll make you feel like Toscanini. O YAMAHA International Corp., Box 6600, Buena Park, Calif. 90620.