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VPO for Sale (yes, definitely for sale this time)

4-Manual Hauptwerk-Based, Custom-Built Virtual Pipe Organ For Sale

UPDATE June 2020: This organ is back “on the market” for sale, and this time, we definitely do intend to sell (one prior time, there was some uncertainty; sorry for the confusion back then).

Selling a large complete, fully up-and-running Hauptwerk-based virtual pipe organ. This is a custom-built, large instrument, so it's hard to describe in just a few words. The photos that are also available from me (in addition to those shown here) will help describe this instrument. Price discussion at end of this document.

It is located in Raleigh, NC and is currently fully up-and-running, so that it can be played by anyone interested in checking it out. Just arrange a time to come by; call Jim Laing at 919-264-5968, or email me at Since this is a very custom instrument, the best situation would be a buyer who could come see and play it, see that it all functions well, learn how it is all put together, then (with my help) dismantle it and take it away, then new owner would be on their own to re-assemble at their home. I’d help by phone as best I could, but new buyer would have to be tech-savvy (or have tech help) as this is a large, complex instrument. I do not want to attempt to "ship" it!

This is a 4-manual, 8 channels of audio virtual pipe organ based around the Hauptwerk software. It includes quite a few "sample sets" (sets of stops), details of those are listed later. It comes with a bench and 32-note AGO pedalboard. The audio passes through a hum eliminator, then through 8 channels of Lexicon reverb, then through 8 channels of amplification, then to the 8 included speakers.

There are several great Theatre Pipe Organ sample sets, as well as several very nice-sounding classical pipe organ sample sets. Also included more as "fun toys" are a Harpsichord and Caliope, each available as a separate little "instrument" (separate from the pipe organs).

Included would be all the "programming" that we have done to set up the audio and MIDI to make all this hardware work seamlessly together. A lot of work went into configuring the hardware, the MIDI, the audio, the Hauptwerk organ setup, etc. We also went through a lot of work to divide up the "ranks" to various speakers, within the Hauptwerk system, to create a great ensemble sound.

The organ is based on a MacPro "tower" style computer with 32GB of RAM. It includes two 19" touchscreens and appropriate adapters for them. Also included is a custom-made wood, painted black, "mini rack" to hold the amps, reverbs, and hum eliminators. Also included is most of the cabling (minus the speaker cables, which are in the walls so can't come out).

Hardware List
Mac Pro "tower" computer with 32GB RAM and a 640 GB hard drive, Quad core 2.66 GHz,
Running El Capitan, with wireless keyboard and mouse.
8 speakers (if to be purchased by buyer)
(4) smaller Allen HR50s
(2) larger Allens (100’s?) (not sure of model; in a hard-to-see location at present)
(2) JBLs (not sure of model; installed in a hard-to-see location at present).
4 manuals from Classic MIDI Works; Cherry Wood with 20 pistons each
Pedalboard (Classic MIDI Works)
Bench (Classic Studio model from Classic MIDI Works, in Walnut)
6 Toe Pistons (installed in console)
3 Swell Shoes (installed in console)
M-Audio ProFire 610 Audio Interface
Hum Eliminators for 8 audio channels
2 Lexicon MX-400 4-channel Reverb units (8 channels total)
4 ART SLA-2 amplifiers (8 channels total)
2 19" Touch LCD Panels (screens)
Console "Table" to hold it all
Power strips and relays so that it turns on with 2 switches plus computer
Lots of cables!

Software List: Several $thousand dollars worth of software and sample sets!
(I’d have to figure out how to transfer ownership/licenses for the software to a new owner)
Hauptwerk Advanced Edition, up to version 4.1
Paramount 450 Theatre Organ sample set
Paramount 341 Theatre Organ sample set
Masterworks Skinner classical organ sample set
Father Willis Salisbury Cathedral classical organ set (full set)
Pipeloops Steam Calliope
PDF Files for many of the items in the organ

I have the receipt for some items; just the primary items from Classical MIDI Works were around $10,000 purchase price. This does not include many other items that are part of this system: amps, speakers, reverbs, console/table, computer, many other items.

We don't have exact numbers, but there is likely around $15,000-$16,000 worth of hardware, and probably about $3,000 worth of software, and LOTS of man-hours (!) involved in building this custom organ. So the hardware+software value is likely around $18,000+. That's not the asking price of course.

ASKING PRICE??? For now, we'll try the "best (Reasonable) offer" idea to see what its apparent worth is out there. If there is no-one interested in the entire organ at a reasonable price, I may then go to the next step of selling “pieces and parts”.

Jim Laing 919-264-5968
by jimlaing
Jun 15, 2020 10:58 AM

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RE: VPO for Sale (yes, definitely for sale this time)

I can't seem to attach files; photos available upon request.
by jimlaing
Jun 15, 2020 10:59 AM

RE: VPO for Sale (yes, definitely for sale this time)

Link to photos:

by jimlaing
Jun 15, 2020 11:17 AM

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