Rodgers was purchased by owners of Johannus Organs of The Netherlands in 2016.  The following photographs were taken from various Rodgers Organs.

25 thoughts on “Rodgers Organ Photographs

  1. This website is published by Allen…. i love my Rodgers organ. you #haters!

    1. We are pleased that you are happy with your organ. Happy organ owners are good for the organ world.

    2. They’re NOT haters,…only reporting facts and backing it up with photographic evidence,..and the camera doesn’t lie! No matter who this blog is published by,it serves a purpose in helping those shopping for an organ to make an informed decision. It is NOT biased in any way shape or form regardless of what anyone else says. It’s great you love your Rodgers organ. They do have a nice sound,..BUT,..their quality of construction is not up to the same standards as Allen.

  2. Al Murrell of Daffer Organs continues to make claims that Allen is twenty years behind in their technology. He also touts that he would put a Rodgers console up against an Allen console any day. You’re going to put an organ made of particle board up against an organ built of solid wood? And look at all that circuitry left out in the open,and unprotected!

    1. Dear Dewey,

      I am an electronics engineer involved in making an organ choice. This entire website makes me ill because this is my work. Cages were absolutely necessary when older electronic technology would become hot with use. This is a tell tale sign to me that the technology is not cutting edge. Allen requires metal cages to contain their EMF. That is a law. Although it is presented as quality, it is required to be there to protect everything and everyone outside the cage from the electromagnetic radiation.

      I ask you, does your Iphone have cages?

      1. The above response is purportedly from an electronics engineer, curious given the technical claims made.

        Claim: “This entire website makes me ill because this is my work.” It’s hard to understand how un-doctored photos of organs would affect one’s health. Educated consumers should be the goal.

        “Cages were absolutely necessary when older electronic technology would become hot with use.” As any engineer knows, cages are not designed for heat protection. They are required to keep EMI from getting in or out of a product.

        “Allen requires metal cages to contain their EMF. That is a law.” Yes, it is the law for all organs. Consumers need to questions a company and its products’ adherence to these laws should cages not be supplied.

        “… is required to be there to protect everything and everyone outside the cage from the electromagnetic radiation.” EMI does not affect people and any real engineer knows this. EMI (electro-magnetic interference) can only affect other electronic products.

        “I ask you, does your Iphone have cages?” The answer is “yes”. The phone’s case is its cage. Cages in organs also protect their sophisticated digital circuitry from mice and other vermin that can enter an organ, but not an Iphone.

        Further misinformation supplied by this respondent will be blocked to protect consumers.

        1. Even as an amateur “ham” radio operator,I also know that EMI does NOT effect people,..only other electronic products. My radio equipment has cages protecting them,…i.e,…their cases for instance. My HF radio is encased in aluminum for such purposes! Rodgers,and other organ companies need to follow the law and begin encasing sensitive electronics in cages,…such as amps,power supply,tone generation no matter how robust you may think it is! The “cost cutting” in this area needs to stop.

        2. My hand held radios are no different,…their cases serves as a protective cage! So just let me reiterate the fact,…if I may,..that Rodgers NEEDS to start putting their sensitive high tech electronic components such as amps,power supplies,and tone generation in protective cages,…it’s the law! The power supply for my big HF radio is encased in a “cage”,…and so is my external antenna tuner,…the case serves as that cage,Bob Knight!

  3. May I add that Rodgers’ lackluster build quality is the one and only thing that stops me from considering them! I want an organ{Allen}that is going to last MANY years,…not one held together by low cost Wal-Mart style L-brackets that probably within five to ten years is going to start falling apart on it’s own,..and add to that fact their new owner,..Johannus,….is building them cheap using particle board. I’m not buying an organ just for it’s sound,…I’m buying one for the furniture quality as well,…unfortunately Rodgers is not tops on my list due to the poor build quality. Allen is your best,…and only,…choice!

  4. Well, for starters, Rodgers circuitry doesn’t *need* protection cages, as it is very robust and not sensitive to EMF as some other organs are. That is the purpose of the metal cages – to protect the circuitry in them from electro-magnetic interference. If they needed to be in cages, they would be. Second, they aren’t “open” assemblies, they’re protected inside the console. No one but an organ technician has any business being inside an organ console. Third, what’s wrong with wooden swell shoes? Some of the finest pipe organs have wooden swell shoes of similar design as the Rodgers swell shoes. Fourth… doesn’t Allen also use flake board? A while back I had to permanently mount a Smart Recorder to the console lid of an Allen organ, and it was definitely made of flake board when I drilled through it. Probably shouldn’t criticize something brand A uses as well. The bottom line is – Rodgers organs simply sound better. I guess if you can’t compete on a musical basis you nit pick and criticize minor construction details which have zero bearing on the musical quality or longevity of the instrument.

    1. This Blog posted the above comments in full even though they are self-serving and from a representative of an organ builder. The comments follow the marketing adage: “If you have a product deficiency, promote it.”

      This competitor says: “Rodgers circuitry doesn’t need protective cages, as it is very robust and not sensitive to EMF as some other organs are.” The claim is problematic:

      1. Metal enclosures are designed primarily to stop high-tech electronic circuitry from emitting Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI) that can interfere with other electronic equipment in the vicinity.
      2. Metal enclosures also protect high-tech circuitry. For example, organs in churches are often exposed to rodents. Circuitry not protected in enclosures impervious to rodents have been damaged by the things rodents do.

      The sales rep also says: “Second, they (referring to Rodgers Organs) aren’t open assemblies, there are protected inside the console.”

      1. Nearly all high-tech products have their circuitry included in metal enclosures. Cost cutting is the reason for not taking this common step.
      2. As all technicians know, a console made of wood will not stop EMI (Electro-Magnetic Interference) from either exiting or entering the organ circuitry. Inferring otherwise stretches credibility.

      The photographs in this Blog are un-doctored and do not lie. With product education, consumers are able to directly compare organs to ensure they obtain the type of quality demanded. Lower quality may initially lead to lower-cost, but at the expense of reliability and longevity.
      This Blog agrees that the quality of an organ’s construction may not relate to the sound that it produces. On the other hand, a builder that takes shortcuts in construction expresses a philosophy towards overall quality.

    2. Bob Knight,…no matter how robust you think that circuitry is, is STILL sensitive to EMI,…and vermin getting into the organ,chewing on wiring,and destroying circuitry not protected by the cages ,…saying otherwise is a false claim,..and it is problematic as the organ-editor stated. ALL sensitive high tech electronics need to be encased in cages. Your cell phone’s case is it’s cage,for instance, Just to somewhat reinforce what organ-editor said,…the wood from the console is NOT going to act as a “shield” to protect the circuitry,…any engineer should,..and would,…know that. As I said in a previous post on the blog,…Allen does NOT use flake board.

  5. Bob Knight,..Rodgers organs do NOT sound better than Allen,…and never have. I have heard a Rodgers or two that sounded pretty good,…but not better than Allen! Not putting sensitive circuitry in protective enclosures is asking for trouble should a rodent get in there and start chewing on things, matter how robust you think it is! While I may not know everything there is to know when it comes to electronic circuitry,I DO know it’s BEST to enclose high tech sensitive circuitry in an enclosure. I’m a ham radio operator,and my HF radio is encased in an aluminum enclosure because of highly sensitive circuitry! Why Rodgers and other builders take these shortcuts and do not enclose such circuitry is beyond me!

  6. Rodgers DOES need to step up the game in the construction quality department of their consoles,though,..and enclose high tech sensitive circuitry in metal enclosures!

  7. I tell ya,…I like at these photos again,..and it STILL sickens me seeing the absolute LOW quality in a Rodgers console,and the shortcuts they take on construction,..and NO,…it’s NOT a photo of a prototype organ as one salesman for Rodgers claims.

  8. W have an old analogue Rodgers in our church. It was built in the 80s and is MUCH better than the garbage I see here. the one on the bottom left looks like cheap stereo equipment. Allen used fiberglass circuit boards since 1971 and Rodgers in the mid 80s Is that important well yes cause fiberglass circuit boards are more expensive to make than Phenolic and fiberglass boards hold components much better as well money spent where the consumer doesn’t see it. But Allen still puts money where the consumer doesn’t see and most don’t know the difference between fiberglass boards or phenolic. But even then Rodgers was much better built than this garbage. It’s sick and it’s a shame. There isn’t really any competitors that will make Allen worry The Rodgers in the top picture was a little better than that one on the bottom left that one is pure garbage. Fiberglass boards also hold the “lands” much better than phenolic boards another reason fiberglass boards are a sign of professional grade circuitry Also Allen uses much better and bigger power supplies . Just accept it.. Rodgers is going down hill,. no it’s basically GONE

    1. Tom,…why would ANY organ builder use those L-brackets to hold an organ together? This is just taking the cheap way out to build an organ just to get it out the door of their factory! To be fair,…I’m sure it hasn’t ALWAYS been that way for Rodgers. But after falling under the ownership of that company from Holland of the Netherlands(Johannus),their construction quality REALLY has taken a nose dive,and the photos show it. Sorry to have to say this,…but the build quality of Rodgers is DEFINITELY not up to same standards as Allen. Seems like a “build as cheap as you can,cut corners where you can” mentality!

      1. Rodgers never was as good as Allen but was much closer to their quality in the past and was somewhat a competitor especially in their theatre organs. Stann Kann had that really fancy one. not cure the model but saw one like it someone was modifying. and it was made of particle board. then saw one my friend had, it was made of plywood core and veneer. Still not as good as Allen but MUCH better than the garbage they are making now. If you look on Crafton Piano. they had the Dutch organ on their truck and they push it off the truck and it exploded in a bunch pieces. They said they did that with an old Allen. Never seen that video but I can assure you that it wouldn’t survive but it would mostly hold together. I can’t move my Allen as it is 800 lbs of solid oak. and well none of the other builders will use solid oak. It is oak core cause it is too heavy to be poplar core. and it took 4 guys to move it in the house. I can’t move it The Rodgers at my Church is solid wood core plywood core and uses woodworking quality but again not to the spec Allen uses. The only other consoles that WERE close to Allen were the old Baldwins. I have an old one and it is built like a battleship MUCH better than any Rodgers of any era.

  9. I find it interesting that whenever a church requests a side by side comparison between Allen & Rodgers that the Allen Organ rep refuses to do it. Why? And don’t say this is not true, it is! I have specifically requested this at several churches I worked at or was a member of when we were looking for a new organ!

    1. We have given you the benefit by posting you comment even though it is factually not correct and not supported. Allen has done many side by side comparisons with various organ brands. More importantly, each week Allen voices are compared side-by-side with real pipes in the same buildings in our many combination organs. Most listeners have agreed that Allen passes this, the only truly acid test, for a digital organ. One example is the link supplied below.

    2. Way back in the analog organ days, an Allen publication said “The only reason for a side-by-side demonstration is to break a deadlock on the matter of *tone* (emphasis mine)”. True then, true now. If an organ committee is really “deadlocked on the matter of tone” I can’t imagine any Allen dealer refusing a side-by-side.

    3. I know this is late but my friend who used to sell Allen. Had them set up on stage and had a Rodgers that was a trade in and customers could play the Rodgers and the Allen. He had a theatre organ fromvAllen as well and he had also a Jokehannus they can play. I installed many Allens and fixed a lot of Rodgers and not to nany Allens. Had to replace 2 amps in a ADC 8500. So Allen will compare them also look at Rodgers website then go over to Allen website. Just sayin. No I don’t work for Allen nor sell them. I do own one so I know. I have an old Rodgers in my chuch albeit much smaller than my HUGE Allen but the quality is just not there conpared to Allen. Pedalboards from Allen are a work of art the Rodgers in my church pedalboard stinks. To each his/her own. But dealers will compare organs

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