Home organs

Most of the arguments and techniques discussed above hold true for organs placed in smaller rooms. Quality, customizing and voicing are equally important for home organs. As a rule, differences are only found in power, stoplist and size. Often a home organ is designed to play a wide range of literature. Although the dimensions of church organs are not feasible in the common living room, the sound impression of a church organ is often desired. For this reason, VAN DER POEL -KERKORGELS- completely custom-builds these organs. For the correct sound impression of the different manual and pedal departments the speakers are placed differently for every department. The speaker layout is custom-made for each organ, including the radiance angles of the speakers.

Taking completely different styles of organ literature into account, the organ is designed to provide its player with several specifications, tunings and voicings. Naturally, the different specifications are placed in the same case and played from the same manuals and stop knobs. Everything else is organ-specific. Even the manual order can be different. The voicings are completely independent of each other. Only in this way is it possible to play French music at an organ based on the Cavaillé-Coll tradition and Bach on a Schnitger inspired organ. As noted before, the tuning - Werckmeister, Meantone, Kirnberger, etc. - can be adjusted to the simulated organ type. Home organs can be categorized in two different types of framework: organs with a low console and speakers placed below the manuals and organs with a speakerfront. Electronics and voicing possibilities are completely identical for both types.