Recent threads have taken in some eastern towns (Colchester, Thaxted and other places), and for some reason they reminded me of an interesting little organ I played many years ago at St Nicholas with St Mary and St Thomas church further north in Blakeney, Norfolk. It was built by Norman and Beard around 1910 (Wikipedia) or 1913 (NPOR) using tubular pneumatic action from a neat detached 2M&P console to two cases facing north and south. I found it an attractive instrument, with its N&B speciality - the Coroboe on the swell - though I can't recall anything particularly striking about its tone to warrant such a name. Maybe a little louder and close-toned than an ordinary oboe, but that was all. Maybe that was all a Coroboe was supposed to be.
The NPOR says it was "rebuilt" in 1983 by HN&B, implying a substantial intervention, but Wikipedia says that only "minor" work was done. The NPOR listing implies that it still retains its original stop list and pneumatic action. This is most gratifying (and unusual). How refreshing to find a worthy instrument that has apparently not been messed about with and, presumably, well maintained and sympathetically restored over a long period. If this is so, then this is yet another example of the longevity of a good quality pipe organ compared to their electronic counterparts (another topic we've been discussing recently).
Can anyone confirm this history, and does it still merit my personal approval rating from long ago? I think I'm probably directing these questions to members such as David Drinkell and Firstrees in view of their detailed local knowledge!