Why I didn’t buy a Rodgers organ

Rodgers Organ Brochure
Rodgers Organ Brochure

At the AGO convention I attended recently one of the exhibitors was Rodgers Instruments. They had a very nice digital organ on display. The unit included a headphone jack so, with the head phones in, I played a few bars. Or course it sounded much more like a pipe organ than my 1970’s electronic organ. I also liked the headphone feature as it would allow me to practice with some privacy. My husband and those walking on the sidewalk would not hear me practice. The idea of having newer model was tempting.

Rodgers sells many different organ models and prices range from $20,000 to $50,000 and up. The price range is very similar to a new car. New car or new organ? It could be a tough choice for me. I brought home one of the Rodgers’ brochures showcasing the Rodgers 500 series which according to their website is “is equally at home in a church, practice room, school or community hall.”

The reason I didn’t buy a Rodgers organ:

Bottom line is a new organ will not make me a better organist. Sure it would sound better but it would not improve my technique. It would not help me learn new music faster. It would not correct my tempo issues. Some things, like organ skill, can’t be bought and require hard work, practice, and persistence.


American Guild of Organists Region V Convention 2013
The Tiffin, OH Connection

5 thoughts on “Why I didn’t buy a Rodgers organ”

  1. Heidi, What a GREAT blog!! It was so interesting from start to finish and your reasoning is so intelligent. A new organ won’t change the way you play it, but I understand how nice it would be to have a new one. We all like and want new things, but sometimes, most times, we need to put the brakes on and THINK like you did. Good job!!!!

    Mary Jane

  2. Good choice, Heidi. Your present organ was free and is still playable.
    Maybe the people on the street like to walk by and listen to your music.
    If lived beside you, I would sit out on the porch and listen to your music.
    I know a new organ would be very nice for you. Guess there are several things on
    the “I need list” before jumping to the “I want list”.

    • Hi Mom,

      Thanks for the comment! Maybe people do like to hear my play when they walk. You are welcome to sit on my porch and listen when it’s cool enough to have the windows open.



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