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#1157027 - 01/29/04 05:25 PM The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Jeep Offline
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In the Keyboard Konstellation,
this surely has to be one of the brighter lights:

http://www.boehm-ag.de/

Edit.- Sorry folks. This link needs a few more clicks:

1)- click on "Produkte"
2)- under the picture of Emporio 600
click on "mehr informationen"
3)- click on "Dia-Show"
4)- click on "05"

Of particular interest would have to be
the 76-key weighted piano keyboard
seamlessly surmounted by
the two 61-note manuals.
(Not to mention the slew of drawbars.)

And we think a B-3 is expensive \:D .....drool...

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#1157028 - 01/29/04 11:29 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
cconroy Offline
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Registered: 01/24/03
Posts: 68
Loc: Little Falls, NJ
I can't read German... Can someone tell me which button fires the phasers and which is for the photon torpedoes?

-Chris

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#1157029 - 01/30/04 12:28 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Stephen Fortner Moderator Offline
But who is number 1 ? ...
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You know, I played the Emporio last year (not this most recent show) at NAMM. A little background: I'm 34, and when I was a kid, there was still a market for home organs. which has long been taken over by things like Yamaha Clavinova, Kurzweil, and Roland digital pianos. I remember going to music stores to hear demo reps who were quite skilled in that theatre-organ playing style interpret everything from Beethoven to Ellington to the Beatles. A simple rule applied: the more manuals, blinking lights, and controls, the better.

Boehm seems to be one of the last standard-bearers of this product paradigm, and sincerely trying to blend it with the expectations of the modern, MIDI- and synthesis-literate customer... but one who still wants a big honkin' theatre organ that does everything but make cappucino as the centerpiece of their living room - no, scratch that, parlor.

When their rep played the thing it took me back to those days, and I have to say the thing had a full, lush sound that impressed the helloutta me. I don't know what the market's like outside of North America, but here, I think they face a bit of a Catch-22. The older customer, or occasional church, who wants "just an organ" has less expensive options from companies like Lowery and even Hammond-Suzuki, which has a plethora of organs aimed at just that market. Those who appreciate all the technology blended into the Emporio's shiny white woodwork: digital piano, drawbar and theatre-tab organ, synthesis, sequencing, auto-arrangement, and a seriously fine powered speaker system, also are aware that you can combine a few different products from the pro M.I. market, get similar results, and come in way less expensive.

Still, it's a one-of-a-kind, beautiful instrument, and I applaud their balls for making it.
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#1157030 - 01/30/04 12:42 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Jeep Offline
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Stephen, thanks for sharing that with us. \:\)

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#1157031 - 01/30/04 04:58 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Jeep Offline
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OK. Say we want to
"combine a few different products from the pro M.I. market, get similar results, and come in way less expensive."

What combination of

Any 61-note keyboard
plus
Any 73- or 76-note keyboard
plus
Any 88-note keyboard

would do it for you?

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#1157032 - 01/30/04 05:07 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
ksoper Offline
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Not to be anal, but a full organ pedalboard is 32 notes, not 30. All that organ and you can't play Bach on it. Sheesh! \:\)

k.

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#1157033 - 01/30/04 05:16 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Jeep Offline
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Orchestra hit for ksoper! \:D

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#1157034 - 01/30/04 03:35 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
Prot Offline
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Registered: 01/02/04
Posts: 34
Hey, what about this one:



Go to http://www.bohmusa.com/mainsite.html . Go to Products, and click MD42.

It appears to be a replica of a B3, complete with footpedals and wooden case! And in the product description, it says "Sound System: Native Instruments B4".

Interesting, huh? I wonder how much?

I don't like their online marketing technique though. To get any detailed info, you have to send them your name, address, and email address. Yuck! I have created a Hotmail account that I use only for this purpose: spambucket@hotmail.com. I don't care how much spam that goes there. Wish I'd thought of that sooner.

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#1157035 - 01/30/04 05:24 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
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Quote:
Originally posted by Stephen Fortner:
I remember going to music stores to hear demo reps who were quite skilled in that theatre-organ playing style interpret everything from Beethoven to Ellington to the Beatles.
I remember Home Organ Demo Guy!

He played a killer version of "The Beer Barrel Polka", didn't he? His Bobby Vinton medley was a big hit in the local mall.

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#1157036 - 01/30/04 05:44 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
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#1157037 - 01/30/04 06:00 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
coyote Offline
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It looks like an Art-Deco version of the bridge of the Starship Enterprise.

I wonder if they make a portable version of it - or will you have to 'chop' it?
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#1157038 - 01/30/04 06:08 PM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
stoo schultz Offline
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As a German-American myself, I feel really proud \:D

The third manual is a weighted piano keyboard, and . . . it has a "true hammer feel".

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#1157039 - 02/01/04 04:45 AM Re: The Bohm (Boehm) Emporio 600
ksoper Offline
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Quote:
Originally posted by Mark Zeger:
I remember Home Organ Demo Guy!
Hell, for a while I was the Home Organ Demo Guy. Someday I'll need to write about my famous "How Great Thou Art" close. ;\)

k.

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