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Geoff McMahon

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  1. Right of reply. Moderator, Mander Organs
  2. There isn't an answer to this that will please everyone. Paul was suspended for a year and then readmitted at his own request in mid October 2010 and without any conditions being set. However, he said, of his own volition, in an e-mail dated 15 October 2010 "I solemnly promise in future not to make personal criticisms of any of Mr. Mander's friends or UK organ builder colleagues". That promise has been broken. From the above, I hope that most people will see why Paul has again been suspended for a further year. Mander Organs has adopted a "light touch" approach to moderation but tha
  3. For the sake of clarity: it was at Mander Organs' suggestion that Andrew Moyes made this statement on the forum, and the whole text of this seed post was agreed beforehand with Mander Organs. Subsequent comments were removed because of their content and the unacceptable direction in which the discussion was heading, and the topic pinned. Moderator, Mander Organs
  4. Thank you for that informative report Jenny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. John
  5. was deemed off-topic and removed. I note, however, that you can find it on the Archbishop Cranmer blog and elsewhere. Archbishop Cranmer blog, entry for Advent Sunday Moderator, Mander Organs
  6. Hi all I've been asked to look at this topic, and I think that it should remain (ie not be deleted) but I will delete the remaining quotes of Sue Wright's e-mail. If you want to know what it said, please refer to "Justadad". Rachel Mawhood Moderator, Mander Organs
  7. We will most certainly be holding an open day at some point in the not too distant future, but at the moment we are too hard pressed to organise anything. We would certainly announce it here if we do. John
  8. An interesting restoration of an Abraham Jordan organ built in 1723 for St George's Botolph Lane in the City of London. With YouTube clip of an informal workshop concert for which one piece was played using the hand blowing. See Portfolio > UK > St George's Southall RMM
  9. St Paul's Cathedral: page updated October 2010 with installation (and image) of the new mobile console See Portfolio > UK > St Paul's Cathedral (scroll to end of text) RMM
  10. After almost 1,000 years of occupation by the monks, the last few said farewell to their monastery on (I believe) Sunday the 17th of October. The numbers have been dwindling over the past twenty years or so and the continued occupation by them became untenable. At the end there were only three of them. Quite a sad day for all. Weingarten has influenced the surrounding area for hundreds of years. The church itself is, of course, not being closed. It is a significant tourist attraction and services will continue to be held there. For those who can read German, there is a report here:
  11. The new organ for the chapel of Cranleigh School has been built on an especially built gallery as part of a general restoration of the chapel of this school, which already has a flourishing music department. See Portfolio > UK > Cranleigh School RMM
  12. This instrument was commissioned by the renowned Sydney early music ensemble, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, for use as both a solo and continuo instrument and was in fact the first of ours to be delivered (in 2003) to Australia. See Portfolio > Australia > The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra RMM
  13. Sharing stops like this is by no means unknown in these islands and elsewhere too. There are two ways of doing it mechanically. One way (as it seems used by Bill Drake in the quoted example) is for a stop to be available on one or the other manual. Usually this is achieved by having a slide which moves in two directions, one feeding wind from the (say) Great pallets, and the other from the (say) Choir pallets. One advantage of this method is that the pipes are pretty well guaranteed to get the same amount of wind from each department. Note that Heckelphone mentioned one pipe which over-ble
  14. This is an interesting point for discussion and not an easy one to answer. The world has got an awful lot smaller over the past couple of decades. In some respects, the style of organbuilding is not as closely related to the geographical location of the builder as it used to be. One certainly sees wide variations of style within any one country. We like to think of our own work as being founded in English roots, but developed from that to ensure versatility, but still being true to our English roots. One can wax lyrical about that without much real meaning. Rather than listen to (or re
  15. Hi Nachthorn, you have a private message from me about this See what you think of it. Rachel Mawhood Webmaster, Mander Organs
  16. I wonder if our friends on the forum might be interested in a short video which has been put up on YouTube which shews an organ being hand blown. This is the restored organ for St George's Southall which had now been back at St George's for some while. But before we took it there, we had a workshop concert which was given by Dr. William McVicker. For one of the pieces (Stanley Trumpet Tune) we switched odd the blower and hand pumped the organ. Some of you may recognise the organ pumper! This is the Abraham Jordan organ which was originally built in 1723 for St George's Botolph L
  17. One might need to make a distinction here between electric and mechanical action organs. In instruments of more than two manuals with electric action it is normal to have some degree of slope. This is slightly more difficult in mechanical action organs, but by no means impossible and many mechanical action organs do have sloping keys. We generally keep the manuals level for up to three manuals and occasionally even four manuals when mechanical action is employed, but not always. Electric action instruments always have some degree of tilt if they have more than two manuals. To the best of m
  18. We have been using countersinks in a high speed drill for some time now. The friction heats the bit up and burns its way into the upperboard. It isn't rocket science and works well, providing a countersink which is guaranteed to be round. They are not heated electrically. I think Weiblen provides sets of these countersinks which work very well. John
  19. Dear All, There is plenty going on and not enough time to talk about it! Firstly, the new 31 stop organ for Cranleigh School is very near completion. I have spent the last three weeks there doing the tonal finishing. The organ is built on a new gallery which has not been finished due to lack of funds, so it will be a while before we get some decent pictures. It has its first outing this weekend. Some thirty years ago we reconstructed the interesting organ provided for Pembroke College Cambridge by Charles Quarles, often attributed to Father Smith. That interesting project was the first
  20. It is with great sadness that Mander Organs learned of the untimely death of David Sanger, President of the Royal College of Organists, one of the world's most accomplished concert organists and a highly regarded teacher. His family is in our thoughts and prayers. Moderator, Mander Organs ------------------- The first thread started on this topic has been deleted because it went off-topic.
  21. Of course. No problem for organs at all. John
  22. I have replied to your post on General Discussion - I hadn't seen this one.
  23. Could I ask how far you have got with subscribing for notifications and do you have javascript enabled? also, do you have a spam filter on your incoming mail and/or have you white-listed messages from the Mander Organs forum? This is an IPB (InvisionPowerBoard) forum customised to look "of a piece" with the Mander Organs web site. Perhaps, though, you are used to seeing the more recent versions of IPB which (I seem to remember) divide up the "page" differently. We have not yet upgraded because of reports of "bugginess". Rachel Mawhood Webmaster, Mander Organs
  24. I too was a chorister under Harry Gabb, but at the Chapel Royal rather than St Paul's. He had the reputation of being a good choir master, but I think I was probably too young and inexperienced to really know. He certainly had a very individual sense of humour. John
  25. I believe I am right in saying that the Welte system also employs a form of multiplexing where some of the holes have different purposes when used in conjunction with other holes, thereby reducing the total number of holes needed. It is very clever to be sure. It's not actually "computing" but it is an early employment of "logic". The Welte system does this purely pneumatically of course. John
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