Magazine article The American Organist

Apoba

Magazine article The American Organist

Apoba

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Choices

When one visits a car dealer to buy a car, there are many options available. Just in the concept of a normal sedan with four wheels, and comfortable seating for four, one could spend from $15,000 to $75,000 and beyond for the same brand of car. AU would provide the complete ability to transport you and your three friends from point A to point B without difficulty. It is not the ability to do the task of transport that is different between these vehicles but rather the loading with luxuries and extras that makes the difference.

In the world of the pipe organ, the concept of range-of-price hardly exists for a given builder. One does not expect to shop for a 25rank pipe organ from a particular builder and find a price range of five to one. In fact, the singularity of price was so ingrained from the commercial builders that a single price per rank was quoted as a standard for most instruments. Cost was solely controlled by the number of ranks. This avoided the problem of a committee trying to select which organ was to be built by the builder - the 25-rank organ costing $250,000, or the 25-rank organ costing $1,250,000. How could anyone understand such variety? One can easily do it with automobiles but not with pipe organs.

And what would be the variables in a pipe organ that could make a 25-rank instrument range in price from $250,000 to $1,250,000? Could a given builder justify building such a variety without losing credibility? …

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