German specification (BDO) consoles seem to be all the rage! This BDO Winchester console turned out very nicely. The pedalboard frame had hand-cut dovetails and sharps were capped. The keyboards are detachable from the console table to ease transportation.
The Winchester Console is our simplest design with an open frame table ,cantilevered keyboards and straight, angled toe sweeps. It is available in both RCO/AGO and BDO dimensions. As with all of our consoles, thumb and toe piston layouts are to the customers design.
The customer chose to use off-the-shelf VESA monitor mounts. There worked very well in conjunction with Dell touchscreens.
We are having a bit of a run on BDO specification instruments. Luckily both our Clayesmore and Winchester consoles can be built to either BDO or AGO/RCO specifications.
This BDO Clayesmore console had to be installed on the third floor of a Georgian townhouse on one of the hottest days of the year. We were forewarned, so the console was built so it could be easily dismantled.
Apart from being built to BDO specifications, the other noteworthy aspect of the console was the use of Iiyama T2252MSC monitors. They looked fantastic and worked well with Windows 10 and being capacitative, they have any problem with flies landing on them.
Below are pictures of the mobile studio organ we built for the BBC, its requirements were the most stringent we have ever worked to. Health a safety aside, the design brief yielded a very interesting design. This organ is in almost daily use.
Portability and weight were the primary design criteria, no single component could weigh more than 80Kg. This meant that the console had to be split in two. The keyboard part was relatively straightforward – an open-back 2 manual tab console on castors. The pedalboard and bench proved to be a greater challenge. The solution was to mount the bench in channels attached to the pedalboard allowing it to move fore and aft. The bench is height adjustable via pins.
A Mac Mini was used in conjunction with a Focusrite Clarett 4 pre which was mounted under the key shelf so the headphone jack could be accessed.
A good view of the bench height-adjusting pins.
Done, a very long but ultimately satisfying installation.
This was a tricky installation. a very tight staircase and landing meant the we had to remove the keyboards from the console before we could get it into position. 2 Acer T232HL touchscreens were used.
The audio system was comprised of 4 Yamaha studio monitors, an M-Audio sub and a Focusrite audio interface.
This was a Windows 10 installation so much time was spent updating, configuring and rebooting.