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    • It would certainly be good to know.  But if the recording was of the Rodgers, would it not be a bit misleading to say it was of the Cathedral organ?  That, surely, implies the Tickell.  I know there are cathedrals with the luxury of two pipe organs (not counting chamber organs and box organs); Chelmsford and Southwell come to mind.  There may be others, and the plan at Worcester was to have a second one as well but that has not yet come to fruition.   We know from an earlier thread that there is some Midi connection between the Tickell organ and the Rodgers; it was something which concerned Nigel Allcoat at the time.   But with different stoplists I imagine it could not be used the other way round, and there would be no point in playing from the Rodgers console unless the Tickell console was, for some reason, out of action. Can someone provide a definite answer to clear up the mystery?      
    • I'm not sure I have fully understood Barry's final point here, but I think his idea that we should be less reticent about discussing digital instruments is well made and I support it. I absolutely realise that digital instruments are a turn off to many - and pace to all Mander folk - but the digital world is full of interest with many interesting installations going on, and there are still thousands of interesting pipe organs in the UK to catch our interest and attention. I was hugely taken with Anna Lapwood's Bachathon this year through Pembroke, Cambridge, whereby all the Bach organ works were played in 24 hours, all over the world, in lockdown, with many eminent organists playing digital instruments - David Briggs, David Hill, Will Fox, Richard McVeigh, Daniel Cook, Anna herself, and many others besides. Where would everyone be without digital home organs at the moment? I know I would have been absolutely lost without mine all this time.  I think what I am proposing - and what I take Barry to mean - is that we might carry on as now, but under Steve's auspices... with discussion tabs as now - Nuts and Bolts, Organ Music, etc... but we have a further tab called Digital organs. Would that be the end of things as we know it in a serious way?  
    • It's certainly a very convincing sound! But... forgive me... we haven't yet pinned down whether the 'new' pipe organ is actually working. I realise it might be out of tune, and that services are in the nave, etc etc... but a highly reputable organist has commented on the Radio 3 forum that he thinks the Tickell organ has been out of action for some time. Perhaps nobody here really knows. Sotto... it sounds as if you know more about the Worcester set up than anyone else who has responded so far... do you happen to know how things stand?
    • I, like many others, have been wondering when this forum will (may) be no more. I can perhaps understand the Mander policy of keeping it pipe only, but times are moving on and reputable pipe organ builders the world over are acknowledging that digitally produced sound can prove to be a saviour where space is at a premium and a hybrid organ is the best practical solution. (I sometimes wonder how many organ builders kicked up a stink when the diaphone appeared on the scene?}  Steve's offer is most generous. The only addition I would make would be the facility to register approval of a posting by a simple tick.
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