Apologies if this has been done before or if it isn’t the right forum. This post is prompted by the lack of activity here.
This is hypothetical. What choices would you make if you were the final arbiter (organ consultant, builder, advisor, organist/DOM) for a new organ to fit into an historic organ case on a West End gallery in a medium-large parish church with a generous acoustic in a medium/large city? Main case and chair case (the chair case may be ditched). Money no object. Uses include parish worship with traditional (Choral Evensong) and modern (blended) services, Civic services, recitals, and concerts.
Please do not speculate actual locations but suggestions of existing instruments as exemplars would be welcome.
Areas for discussion might include, but needn’t be limited to:
Tone (for want of a better word: style of voicing)
Number of manuals
Pitch (although A440 would be advisable, given the likely use of the organ with other instruments)
Type of action (key and stop) and position of console
Number of enclosed divisions
Potential builders (I appreciate this might not be appropriate but I would certainly include our hosts in any such list)
As it happens, I have prepared my “ideal” spec for such a situation but will refrain from posting until you’ve all had a chance to dive in.
Off you go.