Gedackt         16'
Praestant         8'
Baarpijp           8'
Holpijp             8'
Octaav             4'
Gemshoorn      4'
Quint               3'
Octaav             2'
Woudfluit         2'
Cornet         3 st
Mixtuur     4-5 st
Trompet          8'
Vox Humana    8'
Joachim Hess
Organ connoisseur Joachim Hess wrote in 1774 that Midwolda "possessed the most beautiful organ of the Groninger Village-churches". Nevertheless, it was later changed several times. H. E. Freytag added a pedal coupling in 1834 and replaced RW Scherp with a Fluit-Travers. He removed the tierce ranks, repitched the organ to 440 Hz (the original Hints pitch was 415 Hz) by shortening pipes the wind pressure was raised considerably.

Flentrop company performed a restoration of the instrument in 1970-1972, although it retained many elements introduced by van Oeckelen, including the non-original pitch of the instrument. However, the tierce ranks were restored (HW Mixture and RW Sesquialtera) and the RW Scherp was reconstructed. Nowadays, the pitch of the organ has been lowered slightly to 434 Hz.
Sample set from Sonus Paradisi

Each sound is triple recorded; two microphones record the sound close to the organ, two other microphones do so at greater distance from the organ (diffuse sound) and two microphones record the sounds behind in the church for the surround set.

A mixing console allows the organist to set the direct and diffuse sound to the desired ratio. Multiple proportions are stored in a memory and are then quickly available.

The samples are very evenly recorded and do not require corrective voicing. No more than an adjustment to your own speakers as with any sample set.

Extensive choice in Tremulants

The organ in Midwolda has a single tremulant that works on all keyboards. The sample set offers three independent tremulanten for main work, choir organ and pedal.

All sounds were recorded twice and are stored in a sample both without and with tremulant. If desired can also the synthetic tremulant of the Hauptwerk are used. The tremulants are well adjustable and allow a pleasant beating.

Top class organ construction

Many churches have an organ of Albertus Antoni Hinsz, who was one of the most important builders of the eighteenth-century organs. This can certainly be said of the organ in Midwolda, one of his later works built when he mastered completely the organ builder's craft.
Unfortunately, no good sample sets of Hinsz organs can be found. The samples of the organ in the Bovenkerk in Kampen are recorded at too large distance; there is more reverb audible than sounds of the organ. The bad sample set that is made of the organ in Leens doesn’t represent a Hinsz organ.

Therefore it is very gratifying that Jiri Zurek of Sonus Paradisi has made a high quality sample set of the Hinsz organ of Midwolda. The beautiful sounds are well sampled with a clearly audible representation of the characteristic properties of each register. Organists who are looking for a good sample set to study their music for the Sunday at home, is the set of this Hinsz organ extremely suitable.

Excellent study-organ

Strikingly many organists wrote to me that they would like to study on the Lohman-organ in Heusden, but that the sample set of this organ made by Sygsoft is far from the sounds that they has heard in Heusden.

The Bätz organ in Zeist could also be a good organ to study the music for the Sunday but the quality of the Sample Set, also made by Sygsoft, is insufficient. Several organists who had asked me whether that was to improve by voicing, I have had to disappoint. What is not present, I cannot let it sound.

My advice to study with the sounds of the Hinsz organ of Midwolda proved to be the perfect solution and they wrote me enthusiastically. In Groningen this Hinsz organ is considered to be one of the best organs for the accompaniment of singing. The sample set offers an excellent representation of the sounds and is excellently suited as a study organ.

The Principal register sound like a good male choir and because there is a complete Flute disposition on each keyboard, women's voices can also be accompanied in appropriate manner. The wide selection of the large number of registers allows concerts in various styles.

Rudolf & Richard Ibach  

of high romantic organs

The St. Gertrudis Church of Bergen op Zoom (Nld) was built around 1450. The organ was built in 1864 (at the time of the High Romanticism in 1850-1890) by the German organ builders Rudolf & Richard Ibach for St. Mary's Church in Mount op Zoom. It is a large romantic organ with 42 registers spread over three keyboards and pedal. The monumental case is a design of the Brussels architect Emanuel A. J. Cels.

In 1915, the organ was converted into a smaller organ with 25 registers. However, the old pipes were used for the two keyboards and the pedal. The swell disappeared and several registers were changed. In 1988, the organ was transferred to the parish of St. Gertrudis. The intensive use of the organ for the liturgy and concert performances required extensive restoration.

Organ consultant Jan Jongepier examined the organ in 1997 and declared it to be one of the most valuable organs from the time of high Romanticism.
Jongepier:  "An instrument of royal trait and unique to Europe "
However, a restoration to Ibach in its original form was necessary. In 2001, Jongepier made a restoration plan and Verschueren in Heythuysen was commissioned to carry out the restoration. The extensive work carried out by this precise restoration cost more than one million Euros.
Sonus Paradisi - Ibach

Bourdon        16'
Praestant        8'
Gedackt          8'
Roerquint       6'
Octaav           4'
Nachthoorn    2'
Bazuin         16'
Trompet        8'
Schalmeij       4'
Cornet           2'
Fluitdoes            8'
Quintadeena       8'
Praestant           4'
Holpijp               4'
Nazat                3'
Octaav              2'
Spitsfluit           2'
Sesquialtera 2-3 st
Scherp          4 st
Dulciaan            8'
Midwolda, Albertus Antoni Hinsz organ (1772)

The organ in the Church of Midwolda is the largest instrument built by Albertus Antony Hinsz in the province of Groningen. The organ has 33 stops and is one of the later organs made by Hinsz.

Striking is the composition of the mixture of the main work, clearly sounding in bass but dark in the descant by adding thirds to 16’ base. It is intended to support the municipality vocals together with the Cornet.

Both manuals have a complete flute choir. The Praestant 8’ on the main work is doubled in the descant. The pedal has an extensive disposition with a full reeds choir 16’, 8’, 4’, 2’

Many organists wrote to me that they specially chose this set to prepare their Sunday church services. See also: