Here at Anthony Bogdan Organs Limited we pride ourselves on the quality of the services that we deliver and welcome feedback and reviews from our customers and clientele. Please find below a selection of our most recent customer testimonials and feedback.
News from the Junior Royal Northern College of Music
As promised here is outcome of all of the Organ Scholarship Trials and other auditions and exams held in the last month or so.
One student has secured the Scholarship at Chichester Cathedral and will then move on to St. John's College, Cambridge (he was also awarded a high distinction for Grade 8)
Two others have secured Scholarships Trinity Hall and Christ's College, Cambridge respectively; another has secured the Scholarship at Hertford College Oxford; and the Scholarship at Blackburn Cathedral (as you know) is now very happily occupied. A remarkable group of highly talented students and, dare I say, good teaching.
A massive help and contribution made by the Viscount Envoy FV-350; its versatility and adaptability is chameleon-like, its tracker touch is crisp and suitably demanding, the "Physis" styles, voicings, temperaments and numerous other features make it the ideal teaching instrument as has been amply proved.
Just word of thanks for your excellent service.My Chorum 90 ordered on Friday and delivered on Monday!!!!!!Your delivery chaps were excellent and the organ was put just where I wanted it in the smallest bedroom (we call it the "Organ Room").
The organ is a first class instrument for a home practice organ.The touch is excellent, 16 memory banks all available at the touch of a button. It is most comfortable to play and has everything the average organist could want.With all the adjustable parameters I'm really enjoying myself setting it up.Once again many thanks for your excellent service and a superb organ.
This is the second time Anthony has help me with the purchase of used Rodgers 535 organs, firstly for a home practice instrument and secondly for an instrument for the Anglican Catholic Church Nr Faversham. I would thoroughly recommend Anthony wether it be for a new or used organ. I am sure I will be calling upon Anthony’s services in the future
Very many thanks for all your help, patience and advice in supplying Llandefalle with a new organ.
It fits the space beautifully. At last the church has an instrument worthy of its beauty and acoustic and suited to its budget.
The delivery team were magnificent arriving in the right place in good time and coping with getting the instrument unto place safely. They made it look easy!
One of the organists then turned up itching to have a go and loved it. It sounds so fresh with a lovely tone. It really suits the acoustic. I am sure that we are going to be very happy together. Once again very many thanks from us all for your excellent service.
During many years of organ practice in cold, draughty churches, particularly in deepest winter, I have often dreamt of owning a home practice organ. Until recently, lack of space and funds have made this dream seem like an impossibility. However, while browsing the Viscount Organs website, I came across the new Chorum range and in particular the compact 40S. Tape measure in hand, I realised that here was an instrument which would fit in the limited space in my music room. So I made an appointment to visit Anthony Bogdan Organs and my wife and I set off for Leigh.
Bearing in mind the modest price and my previous experience of electronic organs I was expecting something which would be great for practice but would have a fairly limited range of sounds. How wrong I was! As I sat down to play, I was immediately struck by the responsive “tracker action” feel to the keyboards. Anthony, who turned out to be a larger than life character full of worldly wisdom about the organ scene, very kindly left me alone for an hour and I became increasingly impressed as I worked my way through the stop-list and the different possibilities of the organ. There are effectively four different organs here; Anthony had carefully voiced the “English” specification in the style of Harrisons and it sounded great for Wesley’s Choral Song & Fugue which I had taken along. I then tried the “Baroque” setting, with Bach’s G major prelude displaying some sparkling mixtures. A second baroque set evokes the southern German style, while the “Romantic” set comprises a distinct nod to Cavaillé-Coll and sounded impressive in the Guilmant First Sonata.
By the time Anthony returned at the end of the hour I was convinced and went ahead to place an order. He was keen to share his enthusiasm and promised to make one or two adjustments I had requested before the organ was delivered to me the following week. Imagine the excitement when the van appeared on our drive and Brian and Brian tackled the difficult job of taking the instrument upstairs and round some tricky corners before setting it up in the music room. Shortly afterwards Anthony appeared himself to check that all was in order, and the job was complete. I have already spent many hours acquainting myself with the organ’s considerable potential and I am looking forward to practising with renewed vigour in the months ahead.
I could not praise Anthony and his team highly enough. From initial enquiry, through helpful (but never pushy) discussion, and culminating in the final delivery and set up, the whole process was a pleasure. And it even has that all-important headphone socket, without which my wife said there could be no deal!
Just thought you might like to know that we are beginning to reap the rewards of installing the Viscount Envoy 350 FV.
One of my pupils has just been awarded the Organ Scholarship at Blackburn Cathedral. I couldn't have prepared him better. I have five others who will be taking the Trials for Cambridge and Oxford in September, all of whom are really enjoying the instrument and the flexibility it gives them.
I could not be better pleased.
Many thanks again,
We are very pleased with the service we received from Anthony Bogdan and Viscount Classical Organs Ltd (Jeremy Meager MD and Peter Prestidge). The installation was dealt with quickly and professionally. The congregation are happy with the organ too - many positive comments were made on Easter Sunday (its first major service) and everyone was pleased with the sound, and the looks of the organ. We are all extremely happy with this instrument - it’s suits our needs and requirements perfectly.
Thank you for putting the cherry on the top of our recent reordering
“Anthony and his team were professional, exceptionally organised and punctual. All the work undertaken was completed in a timely and courteous manner and to the highest standard and we were informed of progress at all stages of the organ installation. Anthony’s experience and musicianship enabled the voicing of the Cathedral organ to be completed with utmost care and attention. I would highly recommend Anthony Bogdan and his team.”
I've just played the cd you kindly sent-of myself playing the Viscount organ in Christ the King Leeds. What a magnificent sound! Very few of the many organs I play, be they computer or pipe, can match the rich quality of tone you have managed to build into that organ. It's a joy to play, and is by far a most satisfying instrument in terms of sound quality, and variety of tone.Well done once again on such an excellent instrument
Like most organists, I had been exploring the financial and logistical possibilities of acquiring an organ for home. I was rather forced into action by circumstances regarding the organs at the RNCM and how that would affect my teaching for JRNCM. In short, the college needed to purchase a Digital Organ of considerable size, flexibility, quality and match that to a budget.
I began by making enquiries of one well known agent here in the north-west whose instruments I know well. Sadly price was inappropriate; further visits to churches in January in sub-zero temperatures brought further interest but no further progress.
I then remembered that a good friend in Oldham had a 2 manual Viscount, purchased from Anthony Bogdan Organs Ltd, which I had very much enjoyed playing when there for dinner one evening. I immediately began exploring the very excellent Viscount website - something of a revelation. My enthusiasm was further increased on visiting Anthony’s website to discover that he was close by. The hunt was on and solutions soon began to become clearer. I enjoyed two excellent conversations with David Mason at Viscount HQ, sadly too far to visit, and then rang Anthony. BINGO!
I drove over to Leigh with Kate, my pianist wife, to play the Viscount Envoy 350FV. Neither of us could leave it alone. We also tried some of the other models in Anthony's workshop.
The orders for the Envoy 350FV for RNCM and the Sonus 40 for home were placed by the end of January.
It is now here, why did I not do it before? It is perfect. The clean, compact, neat design is testament to Viscount’s Italian heritage; everything is exactly where you need it; the key action is the most crisp and responsive of any instrument I have played, and the sound………… where to begin?
Switch on and the pistons and display powers up and settles, then listen. It is alive, like a pipe organ, there is gentle wind noise (not a blunt deadness or faint electronic whine) which is a lovely and very clever touch.
Try any of the flutes at 8 or 4 foot pitch and run for your manuals only repertoire or better still play a Bach Trio slow movement. It is real! Diapason tone is equally impressive even noble right to the full chorus with no scream in the Mixtures, just full tonal development. Pedal 16 tone is firm, responsive and properly colourful – the perfect complement. Then reeds variously, I am running out of superlatives but they are all full of character and bite adding the full majesty without over running the textures.
The attack and peroration of the various stops is perfect as in a really good pipe organ and the reverb is most impressive in the way that it is placed around the speech giving natural enhancement and decay. Amazing.
Into the different voicings and tunings, so far utterly astonishing but needs a lot more exploration before writing again.
For now, many, many thanks to everyone concerned.
Thank you so much for supplying me with this used Rodgers 535 Organ. It is absolutely fantastic, the string chorus is stunning as is the diapason chorus and the Full Organ is stunning, the Whole Organ is superb. Your professional care was second to none. I cant thank you enough!
Thanks again for a good instrument, as described and delivered by helpful experts!
Just a brief note to let you know how much I am enjoying my new acquisition a Viscount Cadet Compact 31
I am still experimenting and finding different settings and exploring its almost limitless possibilities.
The biggest bonus is being able to play and practice everyday in a warm environment, particularly now as the weather is worsening for the winter. Yesterday the temperature at the start of Morning Service was a miserable 43 degrees, even with the heating on.
Thank you too for your help and advice. The whole operation was smooth and effortless, and I will certainly recommend that any prospective purchasers come your way,
Our thanks to Anthony Bogdan for his assistance in every respect during our search for a new digital organ. As Chapel Organist I am also impressed bu Anthonys personal approach which included a telephone call following the instruments first service at Capel Bethel Newydd Tywyn
Now that I’ve had my Compact a month and a bit of an chance to get to grips with it, I’m just writing to say how pleased I am with it, also with the speed of service both of delivery and of repair with that little fault.
The chance to own a digital organ of this specification and in such good condition was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Anthony is more than just a salesman – he is an engineer and an experienced musician who obviously loves his work. He voiced the organ carefully before delivery, achieving an authentic sound. The process of transporting and installing such a large, heavy instrument was remarkably straightforward, completed just in time for Christmas.
The Jubilate has been enthusiastically received in Holy Family Church and I would like to thank you again for the speedy and efficient service. I would be most happy to recommend your firm to anyone.
We needed our Viscount Organ software updating together with a repair to the sub-woofer, so we contacted Anthony Bogdan Organs Ltd. Anthony himself came all the way from Leigh in Lancashire three days after our phone call to carry out the works. He arrived promptly at the time he had suggested and began to repair the sub-woofer. Anthony then set about updating the Organ software. All was going well until after about two hours, the system crashed. Anthony then called the Organ manufactures there and then, who said they would send him a new processor, but he would not receive it until middle of the following week.
A couple of days past and then Anthony called us to advise the part had come and he would come over to fit it immediately. Anthony came again from Leigh to fit the part and then start the upgrade process all over again. This time everything went well. Not been happy with the amount of update added on this particular day, Anthony suggested he would come back another day to add more new voices.
Our Organ is now spectacular and every Organist who plays it absolutely loves it. Nothing was too much trouble for Anthony. If you want a first class service, I would have no hesitation in recommending Anthony Bogdan Organs Ltd.
Anthony Bogdan made the whole business of choosing, customising, buying, and installing the best organ for my requirements as easy as it could possibly be. He pays great attention to detail and his musicianship is invaluable, especially when it comes to the final stages of voicing the instrument. It was clear to me from our very first meeting that his primary concern is to have a happy, satisfied customer. Many thanks Anthony!
Anthony Bogdan has just completed the installation of a pre-owned Domus 1332 in my home, replacing a well loved and well used Viscount Jubileum 32 which had done sterling service for over 20 years. The service I have received from Anthony Bogdan has been impeccable from the first. He found and recommended this instrument and went to great lengths to ensure that it was to my satisfaction and met his high standards. I am delighted with my new acquisition and thoroughly impressed by the integrity with which Anthony Bogdan conducts his business and treats his customers.