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Geoff McMahon

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  1. I have just been made aware of a very good booklet with wonderful photographs of the Christian Müller organ in the Bavokerk in Haarlem. The book was written by Anton Pauw and is in English. The book is available from H. de Vries Boeken for €9.95 plus €5.00 for postage at the web site below. I am enjoying my copy! John http://www.devriesboeken.nl/boeken/regionalia-algemeen/haarlem-diversen/nl/het-christian-müller-orgel-in-de-grote-of-st.-bavokerk-te-haarlem-anton-pauw-9789082895001/
  2. This is all an interesting argument and there are a lot of grey areas. Taking the RAH organ first, yes, a lot of what we did corrected shortcomings, in particular long-standing ones with the winding, which went right back to the original instrument by Willis, with the inadequate main trunk from the blowers. That, at last, enabled the pipework to get the wind it needed, no raising of pressures and no re-voicing. It speaks as it was meant to at last and in saying that, no criticism oh H&H whatsoever. I suspect we were able to do what H&H would have liked to do for some time. So, the
  3. The label on the music desk on the console says Harrison and Harrison, faithfully reinstated when we refurbished the organ. There is no mention of Willis on the console and also no mention of Mander either, I refused to have a Mander label put on the console because our job was to respect the job as it was and not to put our stamp on it. Also, the statement that there are 9999 is a myth put out by the consultant and others for no good reason. There are in fact 9997 pipes in the organ. John
  4. A fuller review can be seen here: https://andrewbensonwilson.org/2018/09/20/rfh-international-organ-series-renee-anne-louprette/#more-30664
  5. Since nobody else has responded, I can report that it was a wonderful recital. It was very musical and she got some really nice sounds out of the organ. The audience clearly enjoyed it and was very enthusiastic. John
  6. Was anybody on this discussion board at the recital? If so, would you like to do a review of it? John
  7. A bit late in the day, I am afraid, but those of you in or near London might like to be made aware of a concert by Renée Anne Louprette at the Royal Festival Hall this evening at 7:30pm with a pre-concert talk at 6:15. Details below. Renée is an absolutely stunning performer, her playing is exceptionally musical and her recent CD Une Voix Française has been receiving outstanding reviews. I can promise any of you who manage to attend that you will remember this concert for a long time and certainly not regret going. I have seen her playing develop over the past 20 years. Programme:
  8. Dear Friends, Some interesting comments, some of which are beginning to head into forbidden territory. Never mind. What interests me is that, with all respect, I think most comments have missed the point. The aim of the exercise was to establish if an average person could identify which was the pipe organ and which was the electronic. The split between those who identified correctly and those who didn't, was pretty even. Are you surprised? I am certainly not, no more than I would be surprised if a group of average people were asked to identify in a blind wine tasting which was a Wait
  9. I hope our contributors will forgive me for introducing something which mentions electronic organs, but I think a number of you will be amused (bemused?) by this video clip on YouTube. However, I implore you to limit any comments strictly to this video and not to stray into a larger discussion about the relative merits of pipe versus electronic organs (or the other way around). You will be moderated if you do! John https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_CwUxp7cvA&feature=youtu.be
  10. The true number of pipes is 9,997, not as quoted in a number of places as 9,999. The organ is, of course a Harrison and Harrison as we tried very hard not to change its clearly H&H style. The console retains its original H&H label and there is no mention of Mander Organs on the console whatsoever. We respected the H&H work meticulously. John
  11. In preparation for my retirement, I am pleased to inform you all that Geoff McMahon will be returning to Mander Organs with the intention of assuming the role of Managing Director. As you may be aware, Geoff was previously in charge of the drawing office here, having responsibility for such significant projects as the 72-stop organ for Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Atlanta, and the refurbishment of the instrument in the Royal Albert Hall. Long-standing Head Voicer, Michael Blighton, is to join him on the Board as Tonal Director. Geoff's first task after r
  12. Another book which might interest you, if you are interested in the instrument itself as well as its music, is Poul-Gerhad Andersen's book "Organ Building and design". It is available from Amazon here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Organ-Building-Design-P-G-Andersen/dp/0047860030 John
  13. Why limit it to four? Why limit it to bears? If a client wished it, I am pretty sure we could come up with the goodies.
  14. We can't, in all honesty, take credit for the appearance of the organ. The case was designed by Craig Hamilton and made by Houghtons of York. But I agree it is elegant and matches the chapel and its furnishings perfectly. John
  15. There is a new page on our website which describes a small, but slightly unusual organ for a private chapel. You can go to it directly here: https://mander-organs.com/the-chapel-of-christ-the-redeemer-culham/ John
  16. That would be for insurance purposes, so they would want to know the replacement value, which has nothing to do with its actual value. I would reckon £18,000 a stop so £630,000 should cover. However, you need to point out that is the value of the organ and doesn't include costs of clearing the the damaged organ away. Add something if there is anything special regarding casework etc. John
  17. I have no idea how much St Giles Cripplegate would charge, but it may be worth your while enquiring there. The person to contact is Anne Marsden-Thomas and her email address is <AMT@organschool.com>. There are three organs there which might be available, all very different. John
  18. Do you mean Pershore Abbey or Buckfast Abbey? If you mean the latter, it is here: https://www.buckfast.org.uk/ruffattiorgan Pershaw Abbey hasn't got its new organ yet. John
  19. To bring this back to serious discussion: There is no harm done when blowing into a flue pipe, although it will take some time to come back into tune. Provided you don't chew the tip, there is no danger of lead poisoning. I have been blowing into pipes to assess quickness for more years than I care to admit to, but the level of lead in my blood remains significantly lower than the safe recommended maximum level for women of child-bearing age or babies. Because all our levels were so very low, we stopped bothering with testing. Reed pipes are different, the damp in the breath is said
  20. Mander Organs uses the dowel and sheepskin method. I have seen the other method, but am not sure what the advantages are supposed to be. John
  21. I remember this organ being installed, but I am afraid I don't know anything about it and we haven't maintained it for many years now. I rather doubt the prepared-for stops ever got installed, but I can't be certain. John
  22. No swell box is ever anything near airtight, not remotely. A nice tight swell box merely refers to being acoustically tight, not air-tight! John
  23. Replacing these is a little more complicated than it might appear. A thin strip of leather is pulled through the eye, the width of the leather being appropriate to making the bushing. When the leather is almost pulled through, the other side is cut off. This is then squeezed with a special pair of pliers, which has two round flat surfaces and a pin and it is then generally given a coat of shellac varnish. As you will gather, it is alittle difficult to explain, less so actually to do. John
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