The photographs were taken of a large three-manual Viscount organ, model UNICO 500.  Viscount’s website indicates the organ includes its Physis® physical modeling technology.  While the exterior presents as a large console, the interior tells a different story.  This includes: 1) low-quality stapled wood console construction , 2) exposed power and digital circuitry, and 3) little electronics actually included in the organ, more typical of what is found in low-cost two-manual organs manufactured in Europe.  These physical qualities help demonstrate why Viscount Organs are often the lowest cost solution.  However, low-cost does not equal good value.

Viscount UNICO 500 Interior
Viscount UNICO 500 Interior


13 thoughts on “Viscount Organ Photographs-II

  1. is there an external rack with computers and amps ?

    this can not be the entire stored samples and …. there is only one amp??

    how many channels of audio are needed? got to be more than two.

    1. We have been informed that there is no external amp rack or other equipment. What you see in the photo is what you get.

  2. I’m all for factual information but this is misleading. If you look at the bottom of the console you will see an audio output system. In fact, you can order this organ with up to 28 audio channels of independence. Obviously, you’ll need those amplifiers outside of the console. But what disturbs me most, is your statement of “little electronics included in the organ.”

    This Unico 500 organ has no samples but uses massive amounts of processing power in compact assemblies to create the sounds via complex algorithms. In fact, they calculate many BILLIONS of instructions per second. And guys, that’s a lot more than an Allen organ!

    1. It is all about the facts. That is the great thing about clear and unaltered photos; they are factual, accurate and tell an unbiased story. The Viscount tone generation pictured shows circuitry that physically is no greater than a PC that starts in price at about $500. The amps included are consumer grade, similar to those included in boom-boxes that sell for a couple hundred dollars. Power and logic circuitry mounted on wood is not commercial-grade and would likely not meet various regulatory requirements.

      While your comments are posted in full, in the future unsupported claims will not be posted. For example, you mention supposed processing power of Viscount and Allen organs that are not supported and therefore not factual.

      For those reading this exchange, beware for organ salesmen who make product comparison claims that are not supported with written factual material from the organ’s manufacturer.

      1. What David Jensen is saying sounds a LOT like the claims Al Murrell of Daffer Organ makes with no facts to back them up. The Murrell guy from Daffer organs to this day tries to claim Allen is behind in their technology. Nothing could be further from the truth. Why Allen does not confront him on this is beyond me! They need to!

    2. I know this is an old post but for someone new reading this I want to inform them,,,,, If you go to Allen’s website and look at their studio instrument the historique IIIa you will find an inside picture of the organ and you will find a MUCH better built instrument with MORE circuitry and being their smaller and less expensive line than this top of the line Viscount Now if you are a daring person Look at the innards of Allen’s top of the line 5 manual monster. I mean it’s like comparing a Prevost motor coach to a school bus

  3. Lets be honest – this is an Allen organ sales/promotion/marketing page – with mis-information regarding all other competitors, and page moderators and editors who delete anything that doesn’t fit the Allen Organ agenda of making everyone else look like they build crap. Ive replaced over 25 AOC power supplies in the last couple of years and have at least 3 organs in my service area that act up randomly the Macungie boys can’t figure out. I’m sure there are others. We’ll see how long this comment lasts.

    1. This site has not received one request to correct any information included on it. You also do not include any such request. That speaks well for the validity of the information. It will be up to the readers to interpret your unsupported comments and any motivation behind them.

      As for your comments made about Allen products, since you have not shared model numbers, serial numbers, or customer names, we will consider them invalid. Should you make any further unsupported claims they will not be posted. This Blog is about facts in an effort to assist customers in making informed decisions. Unsupported claims are not a part of that goal. There is already too much of those in this industry.

      1. I believe the information on this site to be valid and factual as well. Joe Jones is not any different than that guy from Daffer Organs,..making unsupported claims and not able to back them up!.

  4. so,,,, visiting their website watching a video patting themselves on the back,. they don’t record any actual pipes (too tedious I guess) they do it through making wave forms kinda like the days with oscillators and formant filters Hmm does this sound like going backwards? Kinda reminds me of a Baldwin technology. Whereas Allen records each and every pipe It takes weeks to record each pipe organ of any size and make a loop out of it. and Allen loops them for 30 seconds? hence the huge amount of memory on an Allen.. I smell a rat

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