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  1. Pershore Abbey

    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
  2. (Not) blowing into organ pipes

    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 to encourage the brass tongues to go green with verdigris, although I have never seen evidence of this. If you want to check the speech of a reed, you suck it from the other end, rather than blowing from the tip. Not many voicers do this though. One exception to all this is if you see a white coating on the pipe which may indicate lead salts being present, which are easily absorbed into the body (and can taste sweet, but don't try). The Romans used to boil honey in lead pots for hours to make the honey sweeter by making such lead salts which had the sweetening effect. Another exception is when looking at an organ. Please never take a pipe out and blow it, nor blow any dust out of it. Some poor organ tuner has probably worked hard to tune the pipes and any such action can alter the tuning significantly. Playing the pipe in the normal fashion will tell you all you need to know. John
  3. Pedalboard design

    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
  4. St Mary’s, Stoke Newington

    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
  5. Swell Boxes

    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
  6. Leather eyelets

    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
  7. Reports Page Added to the Website

    Forum members may be interested in a discussion on our Facebook which has sprung up around the Doncaster organ, but spread wider to include some interesting posts on the Schulze organ at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, sadly lost in the war. You can access this thread here: https://www.facebook.com/john.p.mander/posts/10155707993728319
  8. Report on the Doncaster Schulze

    Forum members may be interested in a discussion on our Facebook which has sprung up around the Doncaster organ, but spread wider to include some interesting posts on the Schulze organ at the Marienkirche in Lübeck, sadly lost in the war. You can access this thread here: https://www.facebook.com/john.p.mander/posts/10155707993728319
  9. Report on the Doncaster Schulze

    I am pleased to announce that the Vicar and PCC at Doncaster Parish Church has agreed to allow us to publish a report we did on the organ in 1997. It was compiled by Geoff McMahon, our then head designer. It can be found here together with three other reports: https://mander-organs.com/reports/
  10. Caleb Simper

    I have been asked to post the following by Roland Wateridge on this topic: Dear Mr Mander I have no means of communicating with Martin Cooke and Vox Angelica, but to save them further fruitless searches for this work in albums or other collections, my researches indicate that it was one of hundreds by Simper which were published separately and individually. It was available from Amazon UK, but their website indicates "Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock." But, helpfully, they give clues which might track it down elsewhere. The publisher is given as Weekes & Co (1888) and there is a reference (which I am afraid means nothing to me) "ASIN: B0000D39UL". I wonder if you would kindly pass this on. Yours sincerely Rowland Wateridge
  11. Restoration Reports

    There seems to have been some interest in the restoration reports, so I thought you may like to be directed to the wonderful list of restoration reports on the Goetze and Gwynn website here: http://www.goetzegwynn.co.uk/reports/
  12. Restoration Reports

    For those who may be interested, the reports on the restoration of the organs at St George's Southall and Sacred Heart Wimbledon have been added to the relevant web pages on the organs in the Mander website. John
  13. Organs of London

    This coming Saturday, Bompas and Parr, the firm which commissioned the highly unusual Whisky Organ, is putting on an event at our works, called Organs of London. There are still a few tickets available, if anybody is interested in coming along. Details can be found here: http://bompasandparr.com/projects/view/organs-of-london/ It promises to be very wacky, but the food will be excellent too. John
  14. Tuning mixtures

    I don't think there are many tuners who don't silence the ranks not being tuned, but I have heard of some. As Classic Car Man said, it is easier in the bass and more difficult in the treble. If a mixture is not too badly out of tune, I will do as much as I can without stopping off other ranks, but it is important that at some point in the process you have all ranks going and what you can't (or certainly shouldn't) do is only tune the ranks individually. Doubled ranks do make for problems occasionally and even where ranks are not doubled in the mixture itself, one does get instances where ranks such as the 2ft will fight between the mixture and the Fifteenth, for example. What is also important and something I do without fail, is to tune mixtures together with the rest of the chorus going as well. That does make tuning the mixture more difficult, but it ensures that the mixture is in tune as it is used, and not simply on its own.
  15. Fulham Court

    The organ is not easy to photograph because of the size of the gallery, but with a bit of luck, you may be able to see two pictures here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15468865/Culham%20copy.JPG https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/15468865/Culham%20Chapel%20Organ%20copy.jpg John