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    Books about organ

    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
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    New Organ on the Mander Website

    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.
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    New Organ on the Mander Website

    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
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    New Organ on the Mander Website

    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
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    Pipe organ insurance

    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
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    Practicing venues

    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
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    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
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    (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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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/
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