Classic Organ

A positive organ for the modern musician

A positive organ for the modern musician

Roland’s C-280 Classic Organ simulates the rich tones and breathy nuances of a traditional positive organ. Its eight individual stops deliver two types of classic organ tones: clear, articulated chiff sounds for solo performance, and softer tones ideal for accompaniment. It also reproduces the distinctive key touch and keyboard action of a true tracker organ. It has several preset classical Baroque temperaments, as well as chime, celesta and choir tones. It’s easily portable, and never requires tuning or maintenance. So it’s perfect for churches, salons or anywhere else you want ensembles, accompaniment or personal lessons to be inspired by timeless Baroque sound.

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Traditional Positive Organ Sounds

A traditional positive pipe organ possesses unique pipe sound nuances such as chiff, the sound made by the air speaking through the pipe mouth. With Roland's state-of-the-art sampling and signal processing technologies, even the most subtle pipe nuances are accurately reproduced with the C-280 Classic Organ. Eight individual stops allow the control of two different types of classical organ sounds. The first type is for solo performance with clear, articulated chiff sounds while the second type is for softer tones and accompaniment. The C-280 Classic Organ also has chime, celesta and two types of choir tones.

Authentic Tracker-like Action

The Roland C-280 Classic Organ action emulates the distinctive key touch of a true tracker organ action. On a tracker organ, each key opens a pallet valve mechanically while the player feels a distinctive resistance followed by a positive clicking action. Similarly, the Roland C-280 Classic Organ offers this same resistance and positive action. Players will feel a click as if the air is actually flowing through pipes.

True Baroque Classical Temperaments

The baroque era is often referred to as the Golden Age of the organ. Composers such as Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Pachelbel expanded the repertoire with pieces that, even today, are some of the most popular compositions in the world. Part of the beauty of these pieces was the fact that they were performed on instruments tuned to particular temperaments. With the Roland C-280 Classic Organ, players can select classical temperaments such as Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Vallotti, Mean-tone, Pythagorean, Just Major, and Just Minor with the touch of the button. In addtion, the organ can be instantly pitched to the baroque pitch (A=415Hz).

No need for maintenance

The term 'organ' is derived from organon, 'the music instrument of all.' It's a very elaborate and delicate instrument with pipes and complex mechanisms that require regular tuning and maintenance. Unlike a traditional pipe organ, however, the Roland C-280 Classic Organ requires no maintenance. Because it is a digital instrument, the C-280 never requires tuning, regardless of changes in temperature or humidity.

Portable and Durable

The Roland C-280 Classic Organ is easy to move and does not require a great deal of space. It is ideally suited for small-to medium-sized churches, chapels, choir rooms and homes as a performance, accompanying or practice instrument. And it offers the durability that only a digital instrument can offer.

Classic beauty with timeless design

Because of their beautiful appearance, positive organs were often displayed in the salons of aristocrats and admired as pieces of fine furniture. The Roland C-280 Classic Organ continues this fine heritage with its beautiful simulated walnut finish and elegant design. Even the drawknobs and reversed white and black keys reflect the fine details of their histrical counterparts.

'C-280P (option)' Resonant pipe system for enhanced sound quality

For those who desire the option of having resonant pipes, Roland also offers the C-280P pipe option that includes a rank of pipes arranged in a beautiful crown shape. The sounds from the speaker located on the top of the main unit (C-280) resonate through the pipes for a realistic pipe-like sound. Also, the built-in tweeter reproducts chiff and wind sounds unique to a real pipe organ.


C scale, 61 keys with click action

Maximum polyphony

64 voices Tones


Organ (8 stops x 2 sets), Chime, Celesta, Choir (2 types)


Type 1 (default) Principal 8', Nason Flute 8', Octave 4', Spitzflote 4', Super Octave 2', Nazard 2 2/3', Quintflote 1 1/3', Subbass 16'(bass coupler) Type2 Diapason 8', Gedackt 8', Principal 4', Rohrflote 4', Fifteenth 2', Tierce 1 3/5', Mixture IV, Principal 16'(bass coupler)


Reverb with stereo presence


Equal, Werckmeister, Kirnberger, Vallotti (Young), Mean-tone, Pythagorean, Just Major, Just Minor


A = 440Hz (±50 cents), baroque pitch (A = 415 Hz)


Phones Jack (stereo), Damper pedal jack (hold or tone selection), Expression pedal, MIDI connectors (In, Out), Audio output jack (L(mono)/R), AC inlet, Pipe system connection terminal


C-280 : 20cm x 2 C-280P : 5cm x 2

Rated power output

25W x 2

Power supply


Power consumption

125W (117V), 125W (230V), 130W (240V)


Simulated Traditional Walnut


C-280: owner's manual, power cord, music stand, bench, cover

Size and Weight (C-280 (incl. music stand))

Width (W)
985 mm38-13/16 inches
Depth (D)
634 mm25 inches
Height (H)
1,130 mm44-1/2 inches
59.3 kg130 lbs. 12 oz.

Size and Weight (C-280P)

Width (W)
985 mm38-13/16 inches
Depth (D)
367 mm14-1/2 inches
Height (H)
883 mm34-13/16 inches
33.5 kg73 lbs. 14 oz.

C-280 + C-280P : 985(W)x 634(D) x 1900(H)mm / 38-13/16" x 25" x 74-13/16"

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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