The photo above was forwarded to this Blog showing a defective bench that came with the digital organ from a North American manufacturer (not Allen).  Shortly after the organ’s was dedication, the bench came apart, likely due to improper gluing.

 

 

16 thoughts on “Organ Bench Quality

  1. Let me guess Johannus? at least they used dowels. I mean they tried to something besides butt glue joints.

  2. Afterthought I have an old Allen organ bench that is orphaned and I remember when I was a lot heavier my friend and I stood on it to fix a ceiling fan and he was no lightweight either. I still have that bench. Just thinking about that it is strong.

  3. Ahhhh,…after closer look,…I would have to say Rodgers! If so,…what a shame for that to happen so soon! Looking to the left at the toe studs,and expression pedals tells me it’s a Rodgers! Again,…I’m wagering a guess!

  4. Wow,…if you look REALLY close at the back of the pedal clavier,…it looks as if a board is starting to become loose,…and I don’t think my eyes are playing tricks on me here. Really,…look REAL close and see if you don’t see what I’m seeing! It DOES look like a board is coming loose on the rear of the pedal clavier! As if the bench coming apart isn’t/wasn’t bad enough! BARELY two months old,and that organ is already falling apart,…starting with the bench!

  5. The organ is DEFINITELY a Rodgers! The toe studs and expression shoes are a dead give away!

    1. YEs I reread the post. it says a North American manufacturer and there are only two well really one now Allen but the second one before you know who bought them out was Rodgers. Someone forgot to glue the dowels in…. some quality control

    1. Nope,..it’s a Rodgers for sure. The style of the toe studs and expression shoes give it away!

  6. I hope no one was injured when this bench failed. That would be the ultimate embarassment to have it collapse during a church service – not to mention the personal injury it could cause. It is shoddy workmaship indeed. Surprisingly, Allennhad their share of “collapsing organ benches” back in the early days of the digital organs with their contemporary consoles used on the 100-200-300 series organs. They used a bench with the sides at an angle, which looked good, but proved to be unstable. That style bench was replaced with a traditional style shortly after.

  7. I hope no one was injured when this bench failed. That would be the ultimate embarassment to have it collapse during a church service – not to mention the personal injury it could cause. It is shoddy workmaship indeed. Surprisingly, Allennhad their share of “collapsing organ benches” back in the early days of the digital organs with their contemporary consoles used on the 100-200-300 series organs. They used a bench with the sides at an angle, which looked good, but proved to be unstable. That style bench was replaced with a traditional style shortly after.

    1. You are correct that the Contemporary Benches Allen supplied 40 years ago could fail under certain conditions. Left unsaid in your response is that Allen Organ Company offered customers free upgrade kits for these benches even decades after they were manufactured and did not show any sizes of quality issues.

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