If you are interested in music more than in gadgetry, obsolescence is not a factor with a Schober Organ. In later years, new electronic developments may make it possible to create musical tones and voices in different ways, perhaps even more economical ways. But music is music, and no future developments will improve on the essential sounds and playing facilities of what is today a fine organ. In addition, solid-state circuitry and conservative electronic and mechanical design of the kind Schober employs assure that the life of your organ will not be shortened by breakdowns. If you build a Schober Organ today, you can expect to keep it and play it for many years.
IF YOU ARE A BEGINNER - Don't make the mistake of thinking that the smallest organ is the most suitable for you if you are a beginner. The exact opposite is actually true. the organ with the greatest number of voices, keys, pedals, and other facilities is actually more suitable, because such an organ does more for you. It gives you the most possible results for the least amount of ability and knowledge on your part. On your first look at a larger organ you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer quantities of things - stop tablets, keys, pedals, etc. Learning what to do with those, however, is the easiest part of organ playing; you will know them from top to bottom inside a week. But if your instrument lacks some keys and has too few voices and controls, you will have to overcome these lacks by pure playing ability, to get the same musical enjoyment you would have with an instrument more fully equipped.
Only an organ like the Recital can satisfy these requirements, because of its 32-note concave, radiating pedal clavier, 61-note overhanging manuals, and traditional sounds and playing facilities, all of which correspond to a pipe organ.
If you like to play light music as well as more serious compositions, the Recital is also a good choice. You will find that when you change your playing style, the Recital will respond beautifully, especially since the Library of Stops principle allows you to change the voicing any way you like. It has a good vibrato (though not as intense as the Theatre Organ), and you can add the Percussion Group, Dynabeat, and Leslie speaker to augment the theatrical quality. However, if your interest is primarily in popular and theatrical music, you will probably prefer the Theatre Organ.
If you are a beginner, choose the Recital Organ if your taste is for the classics, and the Theatre Organ if you like only light music.
For a church, choose the Recital unless cost is an important factor, in which case the Consolette II can be used.
Just the basic organ, with a good standard Schober amplifier and speaker system, will give you more authentic, varied, and enjoyable light music than any instrument you could find at twice the price. And the accessories you can add at any time - Percussions, Dynabeat, Leslie speaker - are all designed to enhance this theatrical quality, to the point where many people comment that they have not heard sound like this since the days of movie-theatre organs!
Make no mistake. If you like theatre-organ music, this is the instrument for you if you can possibly afford it. It is not, like some other electronic organs, both kit and ready-built, just an ordinary instrument built into a theatre-type console. It was designed from the ground up, in every detail, by theatre organ enthusiasts to satisfy their own desires. Its price is somewhat less than that of the Recital, but don't let that fool you into thinking it is less ideal for its purpose.
Here again, if you are a beginner don't be put off by the completeness of the Theatre Organ. You will find it easier to learn on, giving more results for less work, than any smaller model.
If you prefer an organ which looks smaller than the Theatre and Recital, the Consolette II is a good choice. Its voicing is definitely theatrical, but it is also quite suitable, and often used, for a church or chapel where small size (and less cost) is important, and where the liturgical music is confined to hymns. For light music you can add the Percussion Group, Dynabeat, and Leslie speaker; and the Consolette II will give you more results and better ones than any commercial spinet.
If you cannot or prefer not to have a really full size organ, the Consolette II is the logical choice. Unless you choose to go to a much larger model at some future time, you will continue to enjoy the Consolette's rich resources and will not feel any need to replace it.
If, therefore, your financial resources are limited but you want an organ as close as possible to what people usually have in their homes, the Spinet is a good choice.
Though the Studio Organ is, as we have said, limited in comparison to larger Schober Organs, in the sense that the two keyboards are shorter than those of the Spinet and the voices fewer and in a single pitch register, this limitation has its effect only in musical versatility. The 14 Studio voices are good ones, with a wide range of tone colors, and the built-in reverberation and excellent vibrato make the sound eminently pleasing. To make the sound bigger, you can easily connect your hi-fi or stereo system to the organ.
While, therefore, your choice of the Studio Organ would probably be
based on its small cost and size, you can safely feel that if you do choose
it you will be pleased with the way it sounds, especially in comparison
to other organs coating as much as twice its price.