On Tuesday evening I performed on this 1979 Austin console at Grace and Holy Trinity, Richmond.
You'll notice there are four manuals (keyboards), but on top of the fourth the Austin organ building company has placed all of the stop tabs which control the sounds of the organ.
So last, but not least, comes the music rack where the organist must place his music and then look up to read it. Personally, I did not find this to be a very ergonomic arrangement. I would have much preferred stop knobs on the sides of this console. This would have lowered the music rack considerably and would place less strain on the organists necks.
None of this, however, is to diminish a very fine and movable console. The console has wheels and can be brought out front.
I enjoy the sense of humor of the donor in this instance.
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