Notre Dame Great Organ
According to the Notre Dame website, the Great Organ has five keyboards, 190 ties and 8,000 pipes; it is the largest organ in France and without a doubt the most famous organ in the world according to the website. The website says that there were organs in the cathedral since it was built in the 12th century. Over the centuries the Great Organ was expanded, restored, and reconstructed before taking on its current proportions in the 18th century. With each renovation, builders tried to keep previous equipment and the current organ still has a few medieval pipes today.
Wikipedia says that 900 pipes are classified as historical. In December 1992, a two-year restoration of the organ was completed that fully computerized the organ under three LANs (Local Area Networks). The organ is used in Sunday services. On Sunday afternoons guest organists from all over the world play recitals on this instrument. The Notre Dame website and My Pipe Organ Hobby have audio clips from the Great Organ.
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