Peter van Dijk The electronic organ in the Boogkerk in Amersfoort
Het ORGEL 97 (2001), nr. 1, 19-21 [summary]

Johannus, manufacturer of electronic imitation-organs, praises its top-brand Monarke on its website: ‘The Monarke-organ has a sound quality that is as good as the average pipe-organ.’ I played the Monarke in the Boogkerk in Amersfoort.

This Monarke has 24 stops; its price was ƒ 50.000. The instrument has, unlike many other Monarkes, no pipe fašade. That’s ‘fair’, as it is indeed not a pipe organ. The choice of natural materials for the manuals is a good one: playing on plastic is horrible. The form of the stop-knobs is however somewhat kitschy.

The tones are divided between the speakers in such a way that a C- and C#-chest are suggested, so the lowest pitches come from the rather small left tower as well.

This Monarke resembles a real organ considerably more than a Heijligers did 20 years ago. The attack, however, is not supple, the frequency spectrum rigid. But the main objection is that it is clearly audible that the sound is processed by electronic devices. The flutes are relatively the best stops, the principals are with respect to attack and liveliness far from ‘real’, and the plenum lacks brilliance.

Even if electronically reproducing the complex interactions between the pipes of an organ were possible, the costs would be so high that there would be no reason to do so.

Some links to "classical" electronic organs websites