Archive for January, 2017

Rodgers Instruments Has A New Owner

In January 2016, the Vandeweerd family from Holland acquired Rodgers Instruments from the Roland Corporation. The Vandeweerd family has achieved worldwide success for decades with prominent organ brands Johannus, Makin, and Copeman Hart. Now with Rodgers Instruments as their newest family member, the Vandeweerds are the world’s market leader for digital and hybrid pipe organs. The family has a great love of the authentic pipe organ sound, and for decades has been dedicated to incorporating this sound into high-quality digital organs.

Founded in 1958, the Rodgers Instruments company is an undisputed leader in the American organ market, having produced complete pipe organs, hybrid pipe/digital organs, and prestigious digital organs. After Rodgers became a subsidiary of Roland in 1988, Rodgers position was further elevated with industry-leading technological advances from the engineering teams of Rodgers and Roland. Rodgers has maintained its industry position as a premium brand and the musician’s preferred choice for nearly 60 years.

The Vandeweerd family is committed to excellence and to build upon the renowned reputation of the Rodgers company and their organs. The successful and passionate network of Rodgers dealers was a key factor that drew them toward this acquisition. Rodgers Instruments has been, is, and will remain an American made organ, with their distinct and universal American classic sound, plus many features including immediately available European organ stop selections and premium orchestral voices. Rodgers future is solid and very bright under the new owners.

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A New Rodgers Organ in Mexico

The city of Cortazar, in the Mexican state of Guanjuato is situated in the center of the country. It has more than 90,000 inhabitants. In the city center lies a magnificent edifice, St. Joseph Catholic Church. After several years, the project to install a pipe organ became a reality thanks to the support of the government of the State of Guanajato, through the State Institute of Culture. In October 2016 a new 3-manual Rodgers Infinity 361 with 4-pipes ranks was installed high up in the rear choir loft. Rodgers local representative, Luis Falcon, contracted with San Diego pipe organ builder and Rodgers representative, Robert Knight, to construct and install the instrument. Robert Tall was invited to assist in the tonal finishing process. The result is an awesome instrument of cathedral proportion in a magnificent space boasting 5-seconds reverberation.

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Robert Tall releases new CD

Robert Tall just released a new CD, The Modern Organ Collection. It is a collection of the ten most requested pieces from his former three CDs, which are now no longer available; The Modern Organ for the New Millennium, Land of Hope and Glory and Masterpieces. Write for a FREE copy. You can hear audio clips from this CD under Audio menu. Please take a moment to enjoy these 30 second clips and read some reviews from important musicians who have the new CD.

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