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In Topic: "Organs and Organists: Their Inside Stories"

21 May 2017 - 04:43 AM

I now have an ETA of "Organs and Organists: Their Inside Stories" as June 12th! Very exciting.  If you need to track it down before I can let you know where it is sold in shops, the ISBN is ISBN 9783928412216.

SO after June 12th I shall be in hiding... 


In Topic: How many pipe organs in the world - in total?

08 October 2016 - 09:32 PM



The NPOR lists around 35,000 organs that are or have been installed in the UK - and it's fr from comprehensive in some geographical areas and denominations - I'd think the 120,000 is a significant underestimate!


yes - have to agree, Tony. Martin Doering has 4,760 organs on his site complete with a huge database and CD recordings (how I admire that man's wonderful energy as well as his photography) ... but he would be the last to admit it is anything like complete. 

In Topic: How many pipe organs in the world - in total?

08 October 2016 - 09:27 PM

According to this, there were an estimated 37,501 churches in England in 2005. It's anyone's guess as to how many contain pipe organs (the 317 Orthodox churches won't), but I wonder if it's even as high as 75% now. A few cathedrals contain more than one, especially if you count box organs, but this won't push the number up significantly. The census only covered England though. There are said to be over 300,000 churches in America, but, given the diversity of religion there, I wouldn't begin to guess how many might have a pipe organ. I'll have a good stare at the tea leaves in my cup later.

This was fascinating, thanks! Horrifying and unsurprising. 6.3% regular church goers out of the total population. But I wonder what was defined as regular? 

Anyway - yes - I still think the number of 120,000 organs worldwide is far too low. Even if you don't count single manual or in bad shape ones. I had thought of asking organ builders for individual lists but my heart failed me.... 

In Topic: Horseshoe pedal couplers? - how on earth do they work?

15 June 2016 - 05:22 PM

Reading this thread made me realise I had omitted to mention the horse shoe coupler in a survey of the many methods used to implement reversible pistons.  If you are interested, see http://www.pykett.or...ble-pistons.htm


John Norman wrote that " a book could be written about the many ingenious designs devised for this one piece of organ action".  One of my former organ teachers, who thought himself a wit, once told me "not to worry about how they work, my poppet".  That is the most awful pun, and if you don't get it I'm afraid you will have to read the article after all ...  (Hint - to save time, just scan it for 'poppet' using the 'find' facility).


I only include this anecdote because it might interest Churchmouse in the context of her search for odd organ-related quotations.



Thanks Colin - how strange - I HAD read the article, and another one from the Mechanical Music forum (blinding me by mechanical detail in the process ) in which the word poppet sprang out and grabbed me by the throat. Delicious word for a part of an organ. Should be used much more often. Absolutely a cracker of a pun too. Many thanks.!

In Topic: Horseshoe pedal couplers? - how on earth do they work?

14 June 2016 - 05:27 PM



If I'm thinking about the same device, it functions virtually as a reversible piston would, except you push down one end for on & the other for off.


Every Blessing



Thanks guys - yes, I found other examples and it is indeed a reversible piston. Looks more like something your scrap mud from your boots with - but sounds very handy. 

I tried posting a pic but I couldn't figure out how to do that on this forum.  Can anyone point me to a help file? 

Signed: Dillbrain.