1. Interesting Facts About the Organ – Part 2

    Though the organ has in the last hundred years fallen from mainstream popularity, up until the mid-late 1900s the organ has been adored by many across the world. If you’ve been following our blog you will have read that the organ actually has ancient origins, being first referenced at 246 BCE by Ctesibius of Alexandria and was a beloved instrument of ancient Rome and all across the Mediterranean…Read More

  2. Interesting Facts About the Organ

    Thank you for joining us on the Viscount organ blog! If you’re you’re just joining us on our blog, lately we’ve been discussing a variety of topics including Headphones Do’s and Don’t’s of Digital Organ Playing, as well as the history of hymns and their structure and the many types of organs and more. We at Viscount love this ancient instrument and pride ourselves in offering the world…Read More

  3. Headphones Do’s and Don’ts for Digital Organ Playing

    Every digital organ that I have listened to over headphones (of any brand/quality) has sounded drastically different through headphones than through speakers into the room.  This has been my experience with Viscount, Allen, Rodgers, and Walker.  The difference is always significant and surprising.  Organ pipes were never meant to be inserted into the ear and then played, but that's what we are …Read More

  4. Hymn History & Structure

    Hymns and organs go together like peanut butter and jelly. Most when they think of a an organ also think about hymns, as well. Why? Because though the organ has been used in all types of settings the most prominent use of the organ in recent modern history has been in the traditional churches in which every sabbath day, the congregation meets together and sings hymns as part of the worship service…Read More

  5. The Many Types of Organs

    The organ at its earliest conception is quite different than many of the various similar instruments that evolved from it and that we have today. What began as an instrument powered by water and played in Ancient Greece and Rome during races and games, has evolved greatly over the years. It has been enjoyed in many environments and musical genres, and during many years was the pinnacle of the mass…Read More

  6. Caring For Your Organ

    Have you just purchased your first organ or have you had your church organ for a while and are thinking that your instrument may need maintenance? Regardless, where you fall on the spectrum, it’s important that you consider the maintenance that your organ may need, because your instrument will only last and sound as good as the care it receives from you. Cleaning First, you should know how to cl…Read More

  7. Viscount North America Hires Technical and Tonal Director

      Viscount North America, and everyone at Viscount International welcomes our new Technical and Tonal Director, Robert Darnall of Allentown, PA. Robert comes to us with an extensive personal, educational, and professional background in music, electronics, organs, and the organ industry. He comes to us from a respected organ manufacturer. The new position Robert has is much more comprehensive…Read More

  8. Reasons to Play the Organ

    Have you ever considered playing the organ? Why haven’t you? What’s holding you back? Have you always thought of the organ as a “churchy” instrument? Regardless of what your opinion of the organ is, we at Viscount, highly suggest you learn more about this amazing instrument and how to play it! But, why learn to play the organ? Part of a Tradition When we make Viscount organs, we realize th…Read More

  9. Viscount Organs: Tradition, Passion, and Technology Combined

    Church organs are unique instruments. Not only are they centuries old - or, if their origin instruments are considered, millennia old - but they also have endured through western culture ever since their introduction. Organs were and still are central to many churches’ worship services and found their way into secular culture and music, as well. Organs are also unique in their sheer size, as wel…Read More

  10. History of Church Music – Part 2

    What qualifies as church music? Where did church music come from and why is it the way it is today? For some, church music is a very familiar aspect of their culture due to their upbringing or lifestyle, but for others, it is not. Regardless of your exposure, music itself has greatly evolved over the centuries and so has church music in tandem. In one of a recent post, we began talking about the h…Read More