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About IanCrabbe

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  1. I too have found Bristol Cathedral organ unrewarding to play at the console, its action rather noisy and the instrument difficult to balance because of the position of the console. I agree that the Pedal Bourdon is extremely loud if the little door to the right of the console is open. It would benefit from a detached console. possibly on the south side of the quire, (a la Salisbury or Winchester) where the player would undoubtedly get a better impression of what s/he is doing. The situation could perhaps have been remedied in 1951 when the instrument had a major overhaul but I believe that
  2. Can you give specific examples?
  3. At the end of the day, the church will have to award the contract to the company who offers the best value for money.
  4. Assuming that Fisk's Opus 91 is mechanical action and exceeds 45 ranks then I guess I must concede defeat! These darned Americans! Ian Crabbe
  5. You're dead right. I don't know the precise cost, but the American owner also had a Maybach parked in his drive. Ian Crabbe
  6. Now this is what you call a house organ. 33 stops, 45 ranks, mechanical action. http://www.beckerath.com/gfx/Steve-Ansicht.jpg Ian Crabbe
  7. My situation is little complicated and we rarely have weddings at my establishment anyway. However, last April, there was a wedding where the couple brought their own organist. It irked me that they never approached me first but what happened on the actual day was utterly amazing. Visiting organists have 4 divisional channels and 20 channels for General pistons. This gives them 160 general combinations - more than enough for most recitals and certainly enough for a wedding. This particular visiting organist didn't read the instruction sheet explaining the piston arrangements which is p
  8. I guess I've got to concede defeat here as you clearly saved a fair amount of money with the Rogers Scarborough. I was just conscious of the need for quite a bit of amplification which I had been warned would be expensive. Perhaps you might like to PM me with the name of the company who asked £12.5k. I'm interested in the half a mill you mention on the pipe organ. Where is it, and what did you have done? Or is this a thread which I have missed.
  9. That's very true of course. For the record, the toaster I hired was three years old, 50 drawstops, 3 manuals, 3 kw of amplification and 24 loudspeakers, sufficient to fill a 900 seater building.
  10. I am just trying to get my head around these figures. I needed to hire one for 12 months and the figure quoted by one of the big firms was £4,100 inc vat and delivery. We would have been hard pressed to have saved ten grand by buying one.
  11. I have used both Allen and Makin recently. Makin provided an excellent 3M instrument for twelve months whilst work was being carried out on our pipe organ. We have hired from Allen several times, once for a concert in Salisbury Cathedral (Te Deum, Berlioz) where they provided Carlo Curley's 4M touring organ. We couldn't use the FW because of pitch problems and also the concert was at the West End. They positioned a battery of loudspeakers underneath the spire. I must confess that playing those opening chords of the Berlioz from a console at the West End was quite exhilarating. Oh, and th
  12. I find it amazing that no one has yet mentioned 'A Babe Is Born', which I think is an extremely fine piece. Ian Crabbe I find it amazing that no one has yet mentioned 'A Babe Is Born', which I think is an extremely fine piece. It is not easy to write good music which is accessible to a wide range of choirs and this carol definitely hits the spot for me. Ian Crabbe
  13. As I am currently wading, and I think wading is the right verb, through the EdExcel paperwork generated for GCSE, AS and A2 Music courses, you have struck a chord here. They could save us a huge amount of effort by putting the forms online, but have they done it? This year, they didn't sent any blank coursework proforma as it is clearly cheaper for them if we download the forms from their website and reproduce it at our expense. But here's the best one. Their jiffy bags in which they send their CD exam material are now apparently tagged. This, they say, is so that they can trace the wh
  14. I would only say that most repertoire which needs transposition will be 16th century repertoire, and this is usually in keys which are not too unfriendly - four flats being possibly the unfriendliest. I don't recall seeing Tomkins' Second Service published in G sharp minor. Ian Crabbe
  15. Yes, but in practice, organists are usually required to transpose hymns and psalm chants, and I haven't seen too many of these in more than three or four sharps or flats. Ian Crabbe
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