Here we go! Finally, after many months of trying desperately to save up a Euro or two, I think it’s time to start my Hauptwerk organ console project.
At the beginning of 2020, I had saved up a small sum of money to put aside to start buying components to build my very own organ console for home and public use based on the Hauptwerk organ sampling software.
We all know what happened in March of this year – as a freelance musician, translator and YouTuber, this meant an end to my sources of income for a number of months and my hard-saved cash was eaten up, along with my dreams of building my own console.
I spent the last few months trying to source organ components online and, thanks to an anonymous donor, I have been quite successful so far!
One of the most expensive (and important) parts of any console build is the pedalboard. Even a used 30 or 32-note pedalboard will cost around €1,200, making it (for me!) impossible to save up for the manuals/swell pedals/pistons/electronics required to finish the project. Back to our anonymous donor: in a recent telephone call to a good friend and colleague, I mentioned my search for bits and pieces, including the dilemma of finding a suitable pedalboard. Imagine my surprise when he said “I’ve got an old pedalboard here I can give you – I don’t want anything for it – it’s yours!”
Not only that, this pedalboard is of the highest quality, it’s been restored and all the necessary contacts and connectors have been installed and – it looks good too!
It’s a 30-note board (let’s face it – how often do you use those extra 2 notes?), straight but not flat. It’s not AGO, but then again, you hardly ever come across AGO over here in Germany, so that’s not a problem…
So that’s part one of my organic puzzle – now I can start looking for all the other bits and pieces required and hopefully, before too long, I can share my Hauptwerk journey with you!
It looks like 2020 might end on a more positive note than I thought!
Maybe there are some more anonymous (or otherwise!) donors out there willing to help!