Romanos, you are spot-on about pedalboards and playing the Widor. Nothing like getting to the church for a bride who wants the Widor for her recessional, and discovering the pedalboard only goes to E.
I am also vexed by builders which put a new “historical” organ in a church (for multiple uses: accompany worship/congregational singing, choirs, solo concert performance, etc.) – and build it with a flat non-radiating pedalboard. Truly “historical.” But it limits the [already limited] supply of organists who want to play on it. Add to that no registration/combination capture system, well, the pool gets smaller. I truly appreciate a totally mechanical instrument (my college days were spent on a 4/63-rank Casavant tracker, 56-note compass), but for any church putting in a new instrument for worship and any kind of outside events needs one with AGO specifications and modern amenities.
I’m just being practical… probably not so much historical. After all, we’ve made some progress in the last 400 years.