View Full Version : RODGERS 990 FREE
05-29-2009, 07:02 PM
<>This Rodgers 990 is one of the largest electronics made. The
instrument is available free of charge. However it MUST be
removed week of June 1 st. the organ is an older analog with many
separate transistor generators. Needs a good polishing and some
basic service work including replacement of six drawknob assemblies,
(dual magnetic movable type, not lighted ) I have the neccessary
engraved DK heads. Many speaker cabinets and amps included. This would
be a great
instrument for a church or home if someone would be willing to
devote a little time to setting it up. I'm not sure how to attach a
photo on this post so if you're interested in this instrument I can
send you a picture if you provide me with your e-mail
Philip the organist
05-29-2009, 07:21 PM
05-29-2009, 10:47 PM
Where is this located?
05-30-2009, 08:29 PM
Hi. Where is the instrument located? Please send a pic to email@example.com if you can. Thanks.
05-30-2009, 09:34 PM
There is a pic of this organ on eBay under "Rodgers Organs."</P>
05-31-2009, 02:01 AM
This is one of the models I used to dream of playing! Hope it finds a good home. We had a 660 at church for a while -- essentially a 990 with several of the stops deleted. The 660 was quite nice, with all the extras of the 990 I know it would be a grand organ, considering the age and technology.</P>
Unfortunately, the expense of haulingthese huge consoles, plus all the speakers that go with it, plus the cost of having the electronics repaired, and a proper installation, setup, voicing, etc. -- well, it gets to be quite costly, though not nearly the cost of getting a new one. Still no small investment. But would be a nice organ for someone.</P>
The best thing about a big old Rodgers like this is that the stoplist is going to be excellent. There's a lot of borrowing and unification, but it's got the stops you need to play about anything. And if the capture action still works, it would be quite enjoyable.</P>
Philip the organist
06-01-2009, 02:27 PM
I think this would be it:</p>
Anyone know what the weight would be? Brandon T. used to say that his Rodgers 22b (2m, analog) weighed 700 lbs. So I assume a 990 would be >1,000 pounds? How does one move such a heavy instrument?
Philip the organist
06-01-2009, 02:28 PM
A stoplist of another 990 that is on NetInstruments reads (in a rather confusing way):
Great: Mixture III, super octive 2', Blockflote 2', Twelfe 2 2/3',
Spoitzflo, 8' oboe, 8'Otcave 4', Gemshorne 8',principle 8', bourdon 8',
gemshorne 16'. </p>
Swell: 4-clarion, 8' trumpet, 8' oboe' 8' voix humane,
16' fagotto, plein juex III, doublette 2', gemshorne 4', nachhornw 4',
prestant 4' voix celeste 8', salicional 8', geigen diapason 8', flute
cleste II 8', rphflute 8", violone 16'. </p>
CHOIR; 8' Fanfare Trumpet,
Krumhorne 8', sifflote 1', ninteenth 1 1/3', tierce 1 3/5', flachflote
2', nazard 2 2/3', kopplefotle 4',quintadon 4', principle 4', gedect
8', aeolian 8', unda maris II 8', viol celeste 8', viola 8', quintade
PEDAL: 32'Contra Bombard, 16' bombard, 8' trumpet 4' clarion,
Mixture II, Choral Bass 4" Gembshorn 8'. Flute 8', Octave 8', Leiblich
gedackt 16', violone 16', bourdon 16', principle 16', 32' unterstatz,
32' contra principle + all super and sub couplers and manual couplers
06-01-2009, 03:22 PM
These instruments are absolute brutes to move. Ask any service technician who has had to move one to get into the back, or better yet, servicing one of these in a pit, and it has to be raised 9" or more, so that the inside panels can be swung out. Just thinking about it brings back bad memories.</p>
The best way to move them, is to first put in lots of helium filled balloons. Then get 4 strong guys. </p>
At this stage of their life, the best that can be said for them, is that they were extremely well built.</p>
06-01-2009, 05:24 PM
I sent you a PM with my e-mail.
06-01-2009, 06:24 PM
I love the 330/660/990/550 series.
HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this line but don't know anything about this particular organ.
I do know:
1. built like a tank, and probably heavier than one.
Lovely warm tone which is far superier (in my opinoin) to similar era Allen organs.
Beautiful design & finish..in particular on the solid wood 550 models which are quite rare (only 50 or so ever made).
For those that have not heard one visit my Rodgers 550 website:
I should really do some nicer recordings on it one of these days..hmm....anyhooo...really nice organs and actually reasonable to get serviced as well if you can find someone who knows analog electronics...nothing proprietary unlike Allen.
A Rodgers 660.
06-01-2009, 07:09 PM
Anyone know what the weight would be? Brandon T. used to say that his Rodgers 22b (2m, analog) weighed 700 lbs. So I assume a 990 would be >1,000 pounds? How does one move such a heavy instrument? </P>
Having moved both models and others similar to them in my previous line of work, I'd wager the 990's console aloneisclose to 750lbs. They're not too bad to maneuver with a wide set of the "Roll or Karry" dollies. The 22B is probably closer to 450lbs not counting bench pedals and speakers.</P>
06-01-2009, 07:30 PM
depends on the floor you have....the 550 went to a home with very nice but somewhat soft wood floors... to avoid creasing the wood we "skooted" the organ on some upside down carpet cut outs. worked like a charm.
For moving outside on concrete just placed it on two furniture dollies (heavy duty) and it moved along with ease. Just need 3 guys tiliting the console UP on the side a bit so you can slide the dollies underneath.
Philip the organist
06-01-2009, 08:18 PM
Anyone hear back from the OP yet? Maybe he got a CL lead??
06-01-2009, 10:50 PM
Hello, I'm happy to say the Rodgers has found a new home. I
want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to my ad both on
the forum and via private e-mail.</p>
Cheers, Bill Stimpson</p>
06-01-2009, 11:30 PM
awesome! who is the new owner of this beautiful organ?
06-01-2009, 11:57 PM
Hi Farmboy, The Rodgers will be heading south (from NY). Maybe the
gentleman who is the new owner will let the forum know where the
instrument will reside. I can't tell you how happy I am that this
worthy instrument was saved from destruction and will now have a new
06-02-2009, 12:57 AM
Getting one of these free for you church wouldn't be so bad. Yes, heavy and hard to move and huge. But what's an organ console supposed to be like? The weight does speak of its sturdiness, and there is a lot of circuitry in there too.</P>
If you do locate a big old Rodgers analog, keep in mind what Arie had to say about service. DO NOT put it into a pit, or anywhere with a wall around it or behind it. There should be 5 feet of clear space behind it so that the racks can be swung out for service, and that will need to be done a couple of times a year. You don't want to have to move it for that. Once it gets where it's going it should stay there!</P>
There is a tremendous amount of tuning and regulating involved in setting up one of these, but there are still quite a few of us old guys around who can do it. You might even learn how to tune it yourself so that you can do that whenever you want to and not have to pay someone. You might even enjoy learning the various voicing and leveling controls and be able to make adjustments to suit you.</P>
Anyway, just thought I'd throw that in, knowing that you're still patiently looking for an organ to go in the church. An Allen ADC model would be preferable, of course, but they're not always free.</P>
Philip the organist
06-02-2009, 02:11 AM
Well, now it's gone[:(] Maybe another one will come up. I kinda liked the sound of Black Beauty anyhow-at least in a nice space.</p>
Jbird, I do like to tinker with organs, so long as I can't do any harm. I don't really trust myself with a soldering iron and schematic yet...
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