The organ of the Niigata Performing Arts Center
The largest façade pipe is the C1 of 16' Principal in the Pedal
Placement of the façade pipes
This instrument is based upon an expanded classical concept. This is clearly shown in the façades modern design but we also followed historical proportions and structured the organ according to the Werkprinzip.
The instrument has five divisions, each one independent, including the pedal which can function in a solo capacity.
The instrument has suspended tracker action and, since there is very direct key movement; guide pins were not used and felt was unnecessary. This makes the instrument very quiet, sensitive and allows for quick note repetition.
All the manuals can be coupled mechanically to the Great
As an alternative, the organist also has an electric Swell-to-Great coupler divided into bass and treble, thus opening up a wide range of new possibilities for performing early Spanish music and for improvising too.
The stop jambs are electric and provide up to 2500 different combinations.
Each division has several classic type bellows which keep the wind supply steady. In a concert halls dry acoustics a detail such as this does helps make the sound colourful and lively.
The case is made out of solid oak and the backside of solid pine. Inside the instrument, the internal structure is made of fitted steel attached to the wall. This is meant to insure the organ against possible earthquakes.
The façade pipes are 86% tin, the en chamade trumpets are all planed by hand to give them the necessary stability, the pipes inside the case are cut exactly and stopped pipes are soldered.
The instrument was completely mounted in the workshop. The organization carefully planned things so that the actual time required to remount it in the Hall was reduced to an absolute minimum - only four weeks - and with that an important reduction in costs, something our customer was very grateful for.