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7. Owing to its simplified Unit construction and complete electrical control an organ of any size can be easily adapted to the space available, no matter how irregularly shaped. The pipes may be fitted in the roof, under the stage, or in any place however apparently inconvenient. 8. The stops are divided so that any combination of bass and treble can be produced, each pair of stops controlling half the register – the right half operating the treble and the left half the bass, the two together operating the whole register. 9. Price: there is no other organ in the world which can supply such volume of power and tone and such a number of combinations at the prices at which the Barbieri Perfect Unit Organs are offered.32

In addition to the technical specifications, in this catalog there are the five standard sizes in which the Barbieri Perfect Unit Organs were produced, including the relevant prices and the number of seats in the room to which each model was more suitable33 (Figure 26).

Figure 27. Models “F6” and “F6c” of “Barbieri Perfect Unit Organs”, taken from the catalog of pipe organs of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited” company (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).

We then move on to intermediate models, “NR” and “NRc”, suitable for halls from 500 to 1400 seats (Figure 28), with two manual console, the price went from 290 pounds to 415 pounds, that equates at least from £22,570 to £36,310 today.35

Figure 26. Sizes and prices of “Barbieri Perfect Unit Organs”, taken from the catalog of pipe organs of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited” company (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).

Sizes of Barbieri Organs started with the small “F6” and “F6c” models, suitable for halls from 300 to 600 seats (Figure 27), the most economical and compact, the price went from 290 pounds to 415 pounds, that equates at least from £15,040 to £21,530.34 270

Figure 28. Models “NR” and “NRc” of “Barbieri Perfect Unit Organs”, taken from the catalog of pipe organs of “Barbieri Organs (Great Britain) Limited” company (courtesy AMMI, Italian Association for Mechanical Music).

AMICA Bulletin - Nov/Dec 2013

The AMICA Bulletin - Angelo Barbieri Organs  

Volume 50, number 6. November-December 2013.

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