We are increasingly hearing about ‘hybrid’ or ‘combination organs’ in the organ world. What exactly does that mean? A ‘combination organ’, is a midway between a digital and a pipe organ where some ranks are digital and others are pipe. This combination can offer your church many different advantages, the best of both worlds. For example, you can replace an old, often worn out, console with a less expensive, digital console. You also have the option of adding extra digital stops to your current pipe organ.
As a simple example, the church pipe organ may be too small to satisfactorily lead large services and would benefit tremendously with some additional pedal stops.
Together with Johannus, Makin Organs has been a forerunner with the development and building of ‘combination organs’ for the past 10 years. The advanced technology used for this purpose has proven to be both very reliable and very fast.
A specification of the Hybrid instrument we built at Chichester University in 2010 can be downloaded here