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Old 04-10-2012, 06:33 AM
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Despite playing a borrowed Hammond B-3 many moons ago, I am a virtual klingon when it comes to tracker organs. My apologies for this rudimental post; I find I tend to remember things better when I write them down.

1. WHAT DOES TRACKER ACTION MEAN?
Tracker action means that all the connections in the organ are mechanical rather than electrical. It is similar to the linkage in a manual typewriter.

2. WHAT ARE TRACKERS?
Trackers are slender rods which connect the keys to the valves under the pipes. ...

3. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF TRACKER ACTION?
LONGEVITY - While electric and electropneumatic parts have a relatively short life span and often require major overhauling or replacement, tracker parts are designed and made to last for centuries.

TRACKER PARTS ARE NEVER OBSOLETE - Electric components are rapidly changing as technology expands. This makes replacement parts difficult or impossible to find. Tracker parts are always available because they are being made today the way they have been made for centuries.

4. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE ORGANIST?
Sensitivity! As soon as you touch a key something happens. It's as if the organ were alive! For the organist this translates into greater variety in articulation and more control of pipe speech.

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Another, slightly larger, tracker type organ may be seen at the Sydney Opera House


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The Sydney Opera House Grand Organ is the world's largest mechanical tracker-action pipe organ by Ronald Sharp, located in the concert hall of Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.

It is in six divisions, five manuals plus pedals, and is the largest tracker action organ ever built, with 131 speaking stops served by 200 ranks of pipes consisting of 10,154 pipes. It is a baroque organ in style.
This organ is also the 14th largest organ, of any type, in the world


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