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Apr. 3, 2021
Fraternal Organ Playing, Part XIV
(con't from Part XIII) It's so obvious, that it's sometimes thought of last. Playing upon the real McCoy has all of us spoiled, and, as we all know, pipe organs take time to dissassemble, many of their parts are easily damaged, they don't fit well into the back of a van, they tend to weigh it down, and they may take weeks to assemble once transported. The heavier electronic instruments present the same challenge to the traveling fraternal organist, albeit on a smaller scale -- a growing challenge in fact, with our own advancing age. That ever popular electronic home instrument of our choice upon which we prefer or force ourselves to practice, perform, and take with us everywhere we go can, when the time comes, if we're not careful, prove to be too heavy to lift and move without a team of several "helpers." Some compromises with respect to portability are therefore necessary in our choice of a practice instrument when the intention, ultimately, is to take it over the road. All organ playing is balance, and it also applies here; in other words, when it comes to traveling with it, it's best to settle for a less sophisticated but lighter weight instrument and speaker system, one which may not have a pedalboard or a compass of 88 keys but still has most, if not all, needed features [See menu bar, Photos 4].