I have a 3 manual Viscount digital organ at home, on which I practice daily. However, 2/3 times a year I have to play on a church, or chapel pipe organ - in order to enter a Music Destival or play in one of my teacher's Pupil Concerts.
Even when I get a good mark, and I recently won the cup in the solo organ class, I still lose at least one point because the pedal doesn't sound with the manuals. Of course I apply it at the same time but the delay makes it sound as if I have pressed it a fraction too late .... more than a fraction in some venues. My teacher tells me that it will "come with practice" BUT I don't get any on a pipe organ. Maybe 10 minutes or so for a run-through during a tea/dinner break, prior to having to play, which isn't enough to master the technique.
I bought my 3 manual second hand Viscount so that it would be easier for me when faced with a 3 manual pipe organ 3 times a year. That has worked a treat, as I'm now used to playing using all three manuals, and can now switch quite comfortably and play a pipe organ - less comfortable on the old tracker organs, although not too bad if I don't do any coupling. All I need now is some advice on how to get over the pedal sound delay problem. I know the technical reasons for this, and just need practical advice on how to deal with it.
After all, I can't be the only classical organ pupil to enter such events but who hasn't otherwise, got access to a pipe organ.