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In Topic: Clairons/Clarions breaking back

17 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

Wow, what a fascinating post, Bruce!  You kept my attention.


I never realized 4' Clarions might break back and will have to keep an eye (or an ear) out for this.  I always assumed reed ranks transitioned to flue pipes.  Possibly the "Clairon-Doublette 2'" at St. Sernin cemented in my head the idea the incorrect idea that high pitched reeds transition to flues, as night follows day.


I rather fear that I have not adequately explained that (Willis) Clarions, where they broke from reeds to flues, continued at 4ft pitch and did not break back to 8ft. 

In Topic: Willis non-stretto (no overhang) keys and Willis short compass Swells

13 August 2017 - 08:00 PM


In Topic: Servite Priory Fulham

10 August 2017 - 12:42 PM


I have also seen it suggested that the main elements of the British full swell which arose in the 19th century, namely a mixture plus a 16 foot reed, arose from the same roots - presumably because it simply sounded good in chords.  (I can't recall where I read this but think it might have been suggested by John Norman somewhere back in Organists' Review.  If not, apologies to him).




It was Sumner "The Organ: Its Evolution etc, where he asserts that Willis perceived that "...the incomparable effect of the English full swell organ was due principally to a double chorus reed and to a Mixture of bright tone".



In Topic: Synchronising organ and singer

01 April 2017 - 08:49 AM

Yet it remains an undisputed fact that the acoustic of Sheffield City Hall, as arranged by Hope Bagenal (1888-1879), is such that the reverberation ceases 350 milliseconds before the hands are lifted from the keys of the organ.