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Rodgers 577 without a pedalboard. Any solutions?


Hi all, I’m hoping someone more knowledgeable than me can help me find a solution to this...

I really need an organ at home to practice on and I have the opportunity to purchase a Rodgers Insignia 577 without a pedalboard from someone. It is a really good deal; however, I don’t want to buy it unless I know I can somehow get a pedalboard to work on it. Long story short...I’ve contacted several organ technicians in both the US and Canada, and it looks like it’ll be nearly impossible to find a pedalboard match with this particular organ that will connect and function with the rest of the organ console. Apparently, what I’ve been told is that this organ was made at a time when Rodgers was affiliated with Roland, so it actually uses a Roland pedalboard, and from what I understand, these function differently and were only made during this time period. Here’s a pdf of the details of the pedalboard if that helps: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L1mFws7N9h0R-EsiZwuMox1yH1joNJUt/view?usp=drivesdk

So I was thinking of an alternative to make this organ console work for me: Perhaps I could connect the organ console to Hauptwerk with a midi cable and buy a separate midi pedalboard that will not connect/work with the organ console, but instead, connect that separately and directly to Hauptwerk? Can anyone tell me if this solution would probably work?

I am not very knowledgeable in this area but I’d really like to somehow make this organ work, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
by smaci92
Nov 11, 2020 09:21 PM

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RE: Rodgers 577 without a pedalboard. Any solutions?

Sometimes a Rodgers dealer will take a used organ as a trade-in. Have you tried the dealers around your area? Ebay.com sometimes has organs and parts. Also the local thrift stores occasionally have a donated organ, check all the online advertising like 'Thrifty Ads' etc. The following website has been active for many years, I don't know if they might have a pedal board, but they might be able to offer more suggestions for finding one. http://www.mcnsystems.com/rodgers.htm

Organs are sometimes removed from churches and often junked or sold for parts. If you find a pedal board and convert it to midi you could use it with the Rodgers and would likely want to convert the console to midi and Hauptwerk eventually. Just keep looking - something will turn up.
by bayless
Nov 12, 2020 08:48 AM

RE: Rodgers 577 without a pedalboard. Any solutions?

smaci92 wrote:

Hi all, I’m hoping someone more knowledgeable than me can help me find a solution to this...

I really need an organ at home to practice on and I have the opportunity to purchase a Rodgers Insignia 577 without a pedalboard from someone. It is a really good deal; however, I don’t want to buy it unless I know I can somehow get a pedalboard to work on it. Long story short...I’ve contacted several organ technicians in both the US and Canada, and it looks like it’ll be nearly impossible to find a pedalboard match with this particular organ that will connect and function with the rest of the organ console. Apparently, what I’ve been told is that this organ was made at a time when Rodgers was affiliated with Roland, so it actually uses a Roland pedalboard, and from what I understand, these function differently and were only made during this time period. Here’s a pdf of the details of the pedalboard if that helps: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L1mFws7N9h0R-EsiZwuMox1yH1joNJUt/view?usp=drivesdk

So I was thinking of an alternative to make this organ console work for me: Perhaps I could connect the organ console to Hauptwerk with a midi cable and buy a separate midi pedalboard that will not connect/work with the organ console, but instead, connect that separately and directly to Hauptwerk? Can anyone tell me if this solution would probably work?

I am not very knowledgeable in this area but I’d really like to somehow make this organ work, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Hi, I use to make some kits for adding Midi to old pedalboards, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmvHuMMrULM&t=7s&ab_channel=rmanzanog1. According to your schematic, Rodgers pedalboard has 32 switches arranged in a 8x4 matrix with isolation diodes in a typical configuration. Then the output from pedalboard goes to the Midi encoder inside console by mean of a 16 pins connector. My kit has 32 Hall switches (magnetics) in a ribbon cable, and one encoder at the aluminium plate with a 14 pins connector from the ribbon cable to encoder. I think that you may get an old pedalboard and I can send you a kit with USB output directly to computer, not through the console.

by rmanzanog
Nov 15, 2020 03:42 PM

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