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The King of Instruments by slowdog294 The King of Instruments by slowdog294
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This is the keosk containing the seven manual console of the 7/449 Mighty Midmar-Losh Symphonic Pipe Organ Opus 5500, the largest musical instrument ever constructed by the hand of man according to the Guiness Book of World Records.

It is installed in what is now known as Boardwalk Hall, formerly known as the Atlantic City Convention Hall, located in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

This enormous beast was built during the height of the Great Depression against all odds, but it was never fully finished. Containing over 33,000 pipes controlled by over 1,375 stops, it is one of only four pipe organs in the entire world to contain an actual 64 foot rank, the Contra Untersatz 64' in the Pedal division.

Today, it is undergoing a complete restoration by the Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society, a project which is expected to cost over $20,000,000 and take over ten years involving dozens of highly trained pipe organ technicians to finish.

To learn more about this immense one-of-a-kind pipe organ, click here. Thanks for looking and God bless...

Copyright 2007 ATOS. All rights reserved.

This photo, taken during the 52nd Anual ATOS Convention by Jamie Snell, is the property of the American Theatre Organ Society and may not be redistributed in any form whatsoever without the written permission of this organization.

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SerenissimaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's quite something :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I agree. It is the largest musical instrument ever made, and one of the largest single machines of all time.
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SerenissimaLuna Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I guess it's true what they say, you learn something new every day :)

Thanks :D
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D Glad to be of service. :bow:
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, slowdog, bit of news: pageantcast.com/2013/09/taking…

The Right Stage Chamber has been fully repaired and fully tuned up, to the point that last September, it was used in the course of the Miss America Pageant!  It wasn't heard live on TV, but it was heard publicly for the first time in DECADES!  Focus I believe has now shifted to the Left Stage Chamber, where already most of the pipework and chests within the chamber that can be removed have been removed and placed in the organ shop on-premesis refurbishment and repair.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is extremely good news! :squee:
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The organ shop has also been cleaned up from being a storage area of non-related material to being returned to use only for bona-fide maintenance and rebuilding of the instrument, and outfitted anew with equipment for completely rebuilding and redoing all the parts of the instrument that can be brought into it.  That permitted the Right Stage Chamber to be completely fixed up to 100% operational status including tuning, and will now permit completely redoing all windchests and pipes that can be brought into it.  Besides the windchests and pipes being refurbished, I think from past news the biggest hurdle to getting the Left Stage Chamber up and working is that its relays were disconnected either from the console or possibly also from chamber to relay as well, with possibly no record keeping of what was connected to what, so wire tracing will need to be done to hook the Left Stage Chamber back up properly to its relays and the playing console.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aside from the sheer number of connections to be traced and made, that should be a relatively easy task to get it all hooked back up, albeit a rather time consuming one.

Many of those parts are one of a kind hand made items which are going to be hard to replicate. It is good that so many knowledgeable folks are on board to restore this grand masterpiece of human engineering.

I am eager to hear her singing again in all her majestic glory. Thank you for keeping me posted.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I did also read up from news late last year that a highly-rated organ parts supply house had been contracted to custom fabricate brand new magnets for every pipe in the Right Stage Chamber, as complete replacement of all its magnets was the main big item needed to bring the Right Stage Chamber fully back up so a complete tuning could be conducted.

And yeah, wire tracing the Left Stage Chamber will just be time consuming.  I know what's involved in it, as my dad has worked for nearly 30 years servicing POTS phone lines (job's turning more and more into 'Broadband ISP Fieldtech' by the day now) and has done more than his share of wire-pair tracing when he's discovered the phone company's record-keeping on cable pairs were not one iota accurate, and been with him as a 'ride-along' when he was a contractor and instances like that came up! :XD:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are on the work crew at the organ, right?
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Nope, that info came from the old website of the Historic Organ Restoration Committee, 'boardwalkpipes.com', the successor to 'www.acchos.org', that has since shuttered for mysterious reasons.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
I bookmarked that. Thanks much for all that info.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Professional Artist
:omg:......Whoa...33,000 pipes..:faint:
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes. It is the largest musical instrument on Earth. It is also the largest electromechanical machine ever constructed.
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional Artist
its Amazing...the Sound...cant imagine...

any Utube clips?
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Search ACCHOS on YouTube. ACCHOS stands for Atlantic City Convention Hall Organ Society, a chapter of the AMerican Theatre Organ Society. Yes, the sound is awesome. When that 64 footer in the Pedal division is drawn, earthquakes ensue...
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional Artist
Awesome..to hear,Pipes against the Tide.....makes for re-newed hearts,and new friends!!

XD,My friend.....love it!!
thnx brotha..
mark
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome muchly, you are, brother Mark. :D
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morningstarskid Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Artist
XD!!
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fireblaze211 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
O.O
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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Mc-Swag-Muffin Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
How was it not finished? Looks finished to me. I'd be like 'Oooooooo.... Buttons.......'
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
The organ is so big that even when it was all working, there was not enough manhours or money to invest in getting it totally voiced and regulated, and the depression had a lot to do with that. Folks lost interest as they considered it a boondoggle, just another political publicity stunt at the time.

Since then, we have come to realize the historic importance of this monster. It is one of the real Wonders of the World. It has to be preserved, at any cost. There will never be another built to mach or surpass it. AFAIK, it is the only pipe organ with two 88note keyboards. It is the only pipe organ with a console so big you get inside it to play.
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Mc-Swag-Muffin Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
... well. that's a useful piece of random information. ... Thanks!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome. :D
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Some more news: the Ballroom Kimball's console, fully freshened up and restored, is back at Boardwalk Hall and temporarily on display in the lobby while they presumably get the balcony ready to receive it again. Then, after it's carefully lifted back into place and wired up to I assume new, solid-state relay system, the Kimball's pipework then will require regulation and tuning and other small things to be made 'performance ready'! Current plans are for a rededication concert for the Kimball sometime in early 2011.

Meanwhile, the entire Swell division in the Midmer-Losh's Left Stage chamber has been removed. Pipes, windchests, everything. The windchests will be sent off for rebuilding while the pipes will be dealt with in the organ shop. The Swell divisions pipes were seen to be in great shape, just completely caked with dust, and only an odd pipe damaged here and there. From news releases on the ACCHOS website, the Swell-Choir division may follow the Swell division as the first divisions to be restored. I'm assuming new a completely new relay system will have to be built and wired up for the Left Stage chamber to be playable.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
They will work from the stage back. It is important to get the first two chambers playing because then the organ can once again sing, just not at full power.

Nest will be the galleries and finally the echo divisions. THey are about eight years away from having it completely restored.

I do not know what they will do about the relay. The original works fine if they can restore it back to good shape from the flooding and dirt. Solid state relays are not without problems... I hope they keep her original.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder in what way they'll tackle the combination action or lack thereof. I know from reading up the history that the combo action hasn't worked in it since 1944, but from hearing what Robert Elmore was able to do with it without a working combo action on the 'Bach on the Biggest' recordings, getting the combo action operable is probably one those things under 'nice to have, but not truly necessary', one of those 'fluff' items as you'd probably call it. A working combo action would more than anything probably eliminate the need to have a second person nearby for the occasional registration change when both the organist's hands are busy.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
This organ will be treated like any other pipe installation of historical merrit. They will keep it as original as possible while giving it the modern upgrades organists have come to expect any well heeled world class pipe organ to have, such as MIDI, Combination Action Memory Levels, and Alternate Voicing. This will probably involve a solid state relay with a computer control and data storage device.

Since the organ is heavily unified by design, the wiring is already in place. It is a simple matter of adding the digital encoders to the existing cable harness. The only daunting factor in the whole project is the sheer size of it. We are seeing history being made, and when this instrument is fully restored to its former glory and beyond, the entire world will hear its mighty song.

Happy will that day be, aye. The King lives again!

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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hey, what happened to all the comments? Something that would be good, and I think I read in a recent news article from Atlantic City, is that some more motivation to restore the Midmer-Losh are thoughts of today's epic pieces of music being rendered on the Midmer-Losh, like Pink Floyd' 'Dark Side of the Moon' for example. For me, my big dream concerning the Midmer-Losh and modern music would be Led Zeppelin holding a reunion concert at Boardwalk Hall and John-Paul Jones, Zep's bassist and keyboardist, fully using the Midmer-Losh to allow Zep to play many studio-only songs and truly epic versions of some of their best known hits. Stuff like that would make this instrument loved, appreciated, and adored by today's people.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
I could not agree more.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Zep would just have to spend a few days in rehearsal with it so JPJ could first of course see for himself the sounds available from all eight chambers if it was fully restored, and then they'd play sections of songs with him using different registrations to find one that sounds excellent and doesn't have the organ drowning out the speakers Page's guitar, Plant's vocals, and Jason's drums are heard from. Page and Plant I'm sure would be astonished that on its own acoustically they could be drowned out by the organ!

Shoot, probably all of it would not need to be functioning to give a great concert. Just have the Left Stage and Right Stage chambers fully working, along with the Right Forward and Left Forward chambers.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Most of the TPO sounding stuff is in the left/right stage chambers. The rest is fluff, but nice, giving the organ a huge space and sound. I would like to here Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody played on it full go.
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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Guys, some video! Look:

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Last video was taken from INSIDE the console, BEHIND the keyboards! These videos are recent too, having been recorded earlier this year!!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Nice. Good to see her playing. She needs a lot of love, aye.

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Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed. From what I can dig up, since I'm not ACCHOS member (yet), the Right Stage Chamber is fully operational again and actually in a little bit better shape than when the first CD was recorded, as supposedly now several pipe magnets have been replaced and there are now ZERO dead notes in that chamber. If that's true, then that means the two 100" reeds, the G.O. and Tuba Imperial, are fully usable!

Now they need to record a 'singular' song featuring both those reeds! :XD:

The Hall's organ shop is being renovated and re-equipped for what it was designed for so they can really get busy with things, and studying at present how they are going to get various windchests and the likes out of the chambers and into the shop to be worked on.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is great news!

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Keep us posted, please.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
impressive!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you much, my friend.
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Barzona Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
That little box at the top right above the book almost looks like aface. With the twon holes and the almost grin-like switches.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ah. The intercom system.
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Barzona Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh. It even talks to you.. heh heh
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010  Professional General Artist
The building is huge, and so an intercom is needed for porgram cues, etc.
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stoopid-kirbeh Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
K is for KING OF INSTRUMENTS.The organ's moniker was created by Mozart.The many sounds of it was how perhaps got its name.
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
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True, indeed. However, in the Theatre Pipe Organ world, the machines are called the King of Instruments becasue of the sheer power they generate, not to mention the size of the beasts. They are enormous. No other musicaln instrument can generate the broad spectrum of frequencies and tone that the TPO can. Wanna hear some real bass? Not the fake boomy kind in polular music? Listen to a TPO and prepare to have your bones rattled even at a low volume. A TPO can paint pictures in your mind. It can take you places. It is the most wonderful invention in modern times I know of. It was the first synthesizer, invented befroe we erven kne what synthesizers were. In 1925, it was perfected and today, cannot be immitated. There is nothing like that horseshoe sound...

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stoopid-kirbeh Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Killer information there...:)
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Many thanks for reading all that, my friend. :D
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stoopid-kirbeh Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;)
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Random007 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
That would give Space Shuttle pilots nightmares!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
:cowboy::music:

Well, playing this humongous pipe organ and flying the SST are of about the same complexity and equally fun. I do think the SST is slightly easier to operate because there aren't as many controls.

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