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Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby B777Captain » Sun Dec 03, 2017 7:40 pm

Do any of you have an adjustable music rack on your console? I recall having 4 manuals and it being a bit of a neck twisting event to keep my head looking so far up! :-)

How do you like it and also, where would one obtain such a piece for the console?

Thanks for any assistance and experience!

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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby engrssc » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:29 pm

One version.
Can see a few ways to mod this one.

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The Johannus organ music rack is available in two types, Wood as standard, or Plexiglas as an option. It can also be ordered with adjustable height. Also optionally available are single or double LED music rack lights.

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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby mnailor » Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:28 pm

I have the music stand on wood drawer slides to move it forward over the 4th manual when it's not needed.
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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby flydeltajets » Sun Dec 03, 2017 10:08 pm

Laukhuff sells the metal clamp assembly pictured in the photos posted above. If I recall correctly, they are approximately $100 Euro per set, and your existing console can be easily modified to accept the metal arms. They make both a foldable and fixed armature.
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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby Andrew Grahame » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:41 am

Hi Pat,

I purchased a wooden music rest support for my 4-manual console - adjustable for height and distance in/out - from Otto Heuss in Germany. In short, it's excellent.

Unfortunately I can't post pictures as I've yet to establish a replacement for the defunct free Photobucket service. However the item in question is 3004-000 on page 3.01 of the Otto Heuss catalog.

https://www.ottoheuss.de/produktkatalog

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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby mdyde » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:43 am

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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby jkinkennon » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:43 pm

flydeltajets wrote:Laukhuff sells the metal clamp assembly pictured in the photos posted above.


This sounds like a good starting point. I have a Rodgers/Johannus console with a similar music rack. My only gripe would be the low quality pressed wood with laminate. I've considered building a lighter hardwood frame-style desk but who know when I'll get around to that. Nice adjustment ability. Wish I had the lighting mounted as shown in the photos rather than in the bottom ledge as that would give a better lighting angle.
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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby jrball » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:38 pm

I worked out a dozen designs on paper before settling on this one as both cheap and practical.
Looks were secondary although it did turn out quite nice.

I took some T-Track and dadoed into the top of side rails making it long enough to rise above 5 manuals.
Then I carved wooden fixtures to hold some aluminum angle stock and to make the clamp bolts stand up straight. Finally I screwed a plastic music rack to the aluminum angle.

To adjust I just loosen both thumb screws, slide to where I want, and then tighten the screws.
It can adjust down to just above the first manual or up to above the fifth manual.
It also easily removed when not needed.

Hopefully you can see pictures here:
"Pipe Organ Adjustable Music Rack" http://www.picturetrail.com/gid24794024
If not then please email me for them.
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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby engrssc » Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:55 pm

An interesting idea. Where does one get the T track? How easily the the music rack itself slide, as in not getting "wedged"?

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Re: Adjustable Music Rack....

Postby jrball » Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:17 pm

T-Track is available from most tool companies, easily searchable on the web.
See Home Depot, Lowes, Harbor Freight, T-Track.com, etc.

As for wedging you need to move both hands at the same time and not veer too much off.
Find where you want and then, holding with palms, screw the bolts tight.
It can never get really stuck since just unscrew the fixture and start over.

I used an aluminum angle for the actual rack but one could use wood and carve the ends to accommodate the bolts. I did have to make a few fixtures before I got the angle right.
It is necessary to mount bolts 90 degrees from the track or they won't slide at all.
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