Upgrading to Better Organ Shoes
  • francis
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    OK

    I have done worn out my shoes... (too much Bach? Nah... I'd buy 100 pair to keep playing his works)

    They are an old pair of Organmasters... was never really impressed with them, although mine have to be 20 years old or more. Perhaps they are better made these days.

    Now thinking of getting some higher heel narrow tip dance shoes... anyone have any recommendations on the subject?
  • CharlesW
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    Organmasters are not better these days, in my opinion. I think they have gone down a bit in more recent times. I don't believe they are made in the U.S. any more. This from someone who has 4 pairs of them. There is another company https://www.tictactoes.com/dance/organist_choose.htm that makes organ and dance shoes.

    Hope you are not one of those organists looking for Virgil Fox/Diane Bish rhinestone shoes. Those Bach players do love attention.
  • francis
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    Charles... I am going for studded, programmable laser spot lights that match pulse with the dancing on the keys! Just wait for when I post the Jig Fugue on Youtube...

    https://youtu.be/Rd8afvGsYow?t=97
  • francis
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    one of my favs for the jig on a flentrop

    perfect tempo to hear the voices and the harmony... (often played by others too fast)

    https://youtu.be/nOP_0YRHbZo
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  • francis
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  • CharlesW
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    Now those shoes are flashy. I agree, Francis. Those works are often played too fast.
  • Carol
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    This really shows how tempo matters. These also show the impact of the actual instrument on how a piece sounds, even to an unsophisticated ear.

    I vote for sequins on the heels.
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  • francis
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    Well, I am no Cameron to be sure, but I think he wears this particular style for flexibility and accuracy in playing the pedals. The sequins simply because his feet have earned him the extravagance.

    Does anyone else have any comments on shoe recommendations?
  • ServiamScores
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    I think organ masters and tic tac toes are essentially the same. No, they aren’t the be all end all in construction quality, but they are the right tool for the job and have more significant heels (for men anyway) than other generic dance shoes.
  • Francis,

    Is this an amusement, especially with those glow-in-the-dark monstrosities, or is this a serious inquiry?
  • francis
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    I need new organ shoes. Charles derailed the serious nature of my inquiry and I fell for it.
  • CharlesW
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    Francis, I told you about Tic Tac Toes. I saw a pair of them a fellow organist has and they seemed better made than Organmasters. This has been a few years ago so I hope the quality is still the same.

    Your feet gliding across the pedals in those rhinestones would be something for the congregation to remember.

    Happy Pi day!
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  • Currently I've been using these for about three years and enjoy them much better than any OrganMaster or TicTac I've ever owned. https://us.movedancewear.com/ray-rose-mens-slip-on-ballroom-shoe-black-p4484/

    These also look promising https://www.avriel.com/organ-shoes/slip-on-organ-shoe/prod_57.html?fbclid=IwAR3VDtJFLCeg2-u6JnqHve0-9aGR6iWMg_ondq-aFP1PGPl-jpgyMQSWj1o

  • TCJ
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    I've had my Organmaster shoes for about 14 years now. They're worn, but still usable. It's hard to compare them because they are the only type of organ shoe I've had. They are made in China, I think, so that is one mark against them. At least they aren't slip-on though! I refuse to buy anything that doesn't tie.
  • CharlesW
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    I like them, too. Looks like the heel may be a bit higher than some other brands. I like those slip-ons OrganistRob320 listed the link for. I seemed to constantly have to re-tie my oxfords because they inevitably would loosen during use.
  • RedPop4
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    Francis, those look really nice.
    I haven't had organ shoes in 20+ years and I am researching before I spend my money. My last pair were actually a pair of Capezio flats.

    Thank you all for the current information, at this point I am considering either the TicTacToe or the Avriel.
  • francis
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    Just ordered the Avriel Oxford ties. Will keep yall updated on how they perform. Thanks everyone for their input, (and fun jokes and tangents... sometimes the jokes are better than the OP.) (PS... I will let you know if I apply sequins once I brush up the jig fugue and post it on YT.)
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  • My alter ego highly recommends Timberland steel toes. ;-)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01ues6tKsiU
  • CharlesW
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    In my younger days, I played in Hush Puppies for years. Around college age I got a new organ teacher who pushed wearing Organ Masters. I think you can play in nearly anything if you want to.