Saville Organ Heidi Bender

Saville Organ

Saville Organ

Saville Organ

My organ is an electronic Saville from the 1970’s. The model is Sovereign. The repair man who worked on the organ in August 2017 said the model number is 7216.  The organ manaul that came with it, listed 7216 and 7218, so it’s nice to know which one it is!

It is in good condition considering its age. I became the owner of it in October 1999. The organ was originally used in a church and had been donated to Adrian College. After I started taking lessons, Michael arranged for me to have the organ. All I had to do was arrange for pickup and take it home. The case is very heavy!

I have not found much information about the Saville Organ Company. They are no longer in business and may have been located in Kansas. A few organists have indicated that they were well built organs.

The organ has two manuals called Great and Swell. The pedal board is AGO standard which means it has 32 pedals. There are several speakers which are about 4′ high. They were likely mounted to the walls at the church they were in. Now, they line a wall in my living room. The bench also came with the organ. There are a few more pictures following the stop list below.

 

Stop List

GreatSwellPedal
8' Principal8' Hohlflote16' Violone
8' Bourdon8' Salicional 16' Bourdon
8' Gemshorn8' Voix Celeste16' Lieblich Gedeckt
4' Octave
4' Spitzflote8' Octave
2 2/3' Twelfth2 2/3' Nazard16' Fagot
2' Fifteenth2' Piccolo
1 1/3' Nineteenth8' Trompette
8' Krummhorn
Tremlo
Chimes

Couplers:

  • Great to Pedal 8′
  • Great to Pedal 4′
  • Swell to Pedal 8′
  • Swell to Swell 4′
  • Great to Great 4′
  • Swell to Great 16′
  • Swell to Great 8′
  • Swell to Great 4′

There are 4 general pistons that can only be set by an organ technician.

I do not have schematics for the organ.

Saville Organ

Saville Organ

Saville Organ

Saville Organ with bass Speaker

Saville Organ Speakers

Saville Organ Speakers

 

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Mike Johnson - February 23, 2019 Reply

My church used to have a Saville, then traded it for a new Allen in about 2004. While the Saville was getting older and
more problematic as time marched on, it’s my opinion the Allen they chose is no match. Most notably, the Saville had amazing bass and low end. The Allen they chose to replace it with simply doesn’t compete.

    Heidi Bender - February 24, 2019 Reply

    that is very interesting! So, newer isn’t always better. The technician that has worked on my Saville. told me that Saville was ahead of its time. I feel fortunate to have received this organ for free.

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Paul Isham - June 7, 2017 Reply

Hi, I,m still looking for the filter diagrams for the Savikke organ. I have solved the stability issues with the oscillators.
Paul Isham
619 990-4085

    Heidi Bender - June 8, 2017 Reply

    Hi Paul,

    I sent an email to someone who might know about the diagrams and copied you on the email. Hopefully, this person has them or will know who does!

Paul Isham - April 8, 2017 Reply

I am building a 3-manuan theater organ using Saville oscillators.BUT, I have no docs on the
filters.I could really use some help on the filter diagrams.
Thank You,
Paul Isham
619 990 4085
paul.isham@unicon.ws

David M. Rinderknecht - February 5, 2017 Reply

I have a Saville organ, model # unknown… I believe it was built in the early 70s. It is a 3-manual with plexiglas music rack, full AGO pedalboard. 15 speaker cabinets with (2) 12″speakers each, plus 2 cabinets with (8) 12″ speakers each. Also a large cabinet full of circuit boards. I bought this organ from a church in Toledo, Ohio in 1983 and want to sell it! It is in my home in Upper Sandusky. It does need some work.
Please feel free to call or email me.
email: nccc02@reagan.com
cell: (419) 310 – 1196

James Flores - January 14, 2016 Reply

Does it have a headphone jack?

    Heidi Bender - January 14, 2016 Reply

    No headphone jack.

      James Flores - January 14, 2016 Reply

      Lucky duck! I have to use headphones most of the time as I have a little child and wife that will be disturbed 🙂

        Jerry Massie - June 30, 2018 Reply

        James,

        Any good electronic repairman can install a decoupling headphone jack for you that automatically decouples the speakers whenever your headphones are inserted in the jack. The repairman will also have to install a power-dropping resistor inline with the headphones so that you don’t blow out the headphones (or your ears!) when the headphones intercept the power from to the audio amplifiers. Choose your electronics technician carefully, hopefully someone with previous experience in matching loads with audio amps. The electronics tech should also be able to install a rotary-knob rheostat next to the headphone jack so you can adjust volume to the headphones in addition to the expression pedals.

          Bill Ziegler - December 10, 2018 Reply

          One word regarding a headphone jack on a Saville organ would be, difficult. This is not an organ with ‘normal’ amplifiers nor normal inputs to the amplifiers. These amplifiers are not common grounded and each speaker requires a HOT and a MINUS connection. Any connection to these terminals would cause catastrophic damage to the amplifiers. They were designed for ONE speaker per channel also. They are designed with ‘impedance feedback’ from the speakers. The inputs to these amplifiers uses more inputs than the amount of amplifiers in the organ console. This instrument has 6 channels, as I remember. That’s 12 speaker wires. These cannot be lifted off to shut them down, as you would in a headphone situation without damage resulting. The inputs are fed from the “Rank Boards” inside the organ. Those 6 amplifiers could have as many as 15-25 separate inputs to them due to mixing the rank boards to them. It makes a very complicated procedure to make any headphone system work on it without a serious expense. This Saville is a very good organ, and was built to get close to how pipes generate tones. It is not a new organ, but the technology was ahead of its time when it was built.

          Bottom line is, headphones on this console is virtually impossible without extensive work done on it.

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James - November 29, 2014 Reply

It’s great to see these beautiful instruments taking on a new life in people’s homes. Wish I had one of my own… I used to work for the original Saville Organ Company and traveled the country installing, tuning and repairing them. The original corporate headquarters were located in Northbrook, Illinois. A northern suburb of Chicago.

    Heidi Bender - November 30, 2014 Reply

    I am very thankful to have an organ at home. This has been a great instrument for me.

    Kames music and service - December 10, 2014 Reply

    I just attempted servicing one I have never seen one before we have dividers out and the amplifiers are very noisy what would be the suggested repair the organ was installed in 1977 are there schematic still available

      Heidi Bender - December 10, 2014 Reply

      The person that did some repairs to my Saville did not have schematics.

        John Bruffy - June 24, 2015 Reply

        I was a Saville dealer and presently have a 7337 in my front room. I have been repairing these instruments for more than 50 years. I am located in Denver. Look at the website it has a lot of memories for me . . .

        I am in the process of restoring a Custom Saville in Neb.

        The number is on the website.
        JB

          Heidi Bender - June 24, 2015 Reply

          Hi John,

          If you lived closer, I’d have you do some repair work on my Saville. It’s been a nice instrument for me.

      John Bruffy - June 24, 2015 Reply

      Change the CAPs in the power supply and amp cards, if it is still playing they have gone more than the design distance. The Saville’s didn’t use dividers, most likely R/C oscillators are down, but they are easily fixed.

    Jim Gryera - July 27, 2015 Reply

    If you are still looking for a Saville organ, there is one available at Sacred Heart church in Racine, WI. I would be happy to answer any questions you might have as I have been servicing this instrument for the last 30 years.

      Heidi Bender - July 27, 2015 Reply

      If you were close by, I’d have you do so work on my Saville!

Kem - October 20, 2014 Reply

If anyone is interested there is a Saville Mod#7228 listed on Columbus Ohio craigslist, as of Oct. 19, 2014. It’s in a church and price is free!! No pictures on the craigslist, that’s why I came to this site to get a visual. Thanks.

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Les Sinclair - April 8, 2014 Reply

The only difference between the 7216 and the 7218 is the number of audio channels. The 7216 has 6 channels and the 7218 has 12 channels. I have the sales brochures for both models. Send me your email address and I will scan it and send it to you. There is one other difference, the 7216 has a wood music rack where the 7218 has a Plexiglas music rack. Looks like your organ is a 7216. Great instrument in its day. Britson Organ Works in Washington State can provide parts for this instrument and can provide assistance to your service tech when necessary.

    Heidi Bender - April 8, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Les! I will send you an email. It will be neat to see the sales brochure.

    Ying - September 29, 2016 Reply

    Where could I find the Saville model number?

    Ying - September 29, 2016 Reply

    Our church need to repair our Saville organ, technician ask the model number of Saville. Where could I find the model number of our Saville?

      Heidi Bender - September 29, 2016 Reply

      I found the model number in the owner’s manual. I see that site I linked to with the Saville history no longer works! That site (when it was working) had nice pictures that would have been useful.

      If you don’t have the manual, I suggest calling this organ company: http://www.manta.com/c/mmscbwl/midwest-organ-systems as I heard that they have restored Saville organs. I have not yet contacted them about my Saville.

John Bruffy - January 14, 2014 Reply

Looks like you have a 7218 Saville, I have one that I am replacing the manuals and will more than likely install MIDI on the instrument. I also have a 7337 in my living room. During its time it was the finest electronic instrument on the market. Its construction features permit many things to be done to them, unlike Rodgers and Allen.

JB

    Heidi Bender - April 5, 2014 Reply

    Hi John,

    Thanks for looking at the photos. The organ manual is for models 7216 – 7218 and I had wondered which model I had. I didn’t realize MIDI could be installed on these older instruments!

    Heidi

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