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date: 25 August 2019

AWB organlocked

  • Hugh Davies


An Electronic organ, several models of which were manufactured between 1951 and the mid-1950s by Apparatewerk Bayern (AWB) in Dachau. The first model was the entertainment organ Polychord III, designed by Harald Bode. It had two five-octave manuals and a 30-note pedalboard. The sounds were produced by an oscillator for each note, and a second system of 12 oscillators, using frequency division, supplied some of the timbres. The Polychord III was one of the first electronic organs manufactured in Germany after World War II; many of its principles were continued in later models of the AWB organ. After Bode left the company at the end of 1952 he was replaced by his assistant Heinz Ahlborn, who adapted Bode’s design for church use. The range of models included instruments with one and two manuals, and a two-manual model for light music. In the mid-1950s the company was declared bankrupt; the remaining unsold and incomplete models were taken over by the organ-building company of Oskar Vierling. Ahlborn left AWB in ...

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