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Tony Newnham

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About Tony Newnham

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    Retired Baptist Minister, organ enthusiast (including electronics and reed organs).

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  1. Hi Definitely tracker action. In my opinion, detached consoles are a mixed blessing, and putting the console at the far end of the building means a lag in the sound reaching the player (plus any lag due to the action) - I discovered this as a teenager when the church where I was learning organ - quite a small building, perhaps seating 80 or so - put a 4 rank extension organ in, replacing a 1mp tracker. The pipework of the new organ was in the North West corner, elevated over an area that was used as a choir vestry, console at the East end of the Nave. The first time I played it I found the lag noticeable. With a West End organ, I would also have the choir at the West End. There's no way a west end organ & east end choir are going to sound properly balanced other than at one point somewhere down the Nave. Another factor that I've found problematic is trying to play quietly when people are moving about & talking (pre-service etc.). There have been times when I've not been able to hear the organ at all. Every Blessing Tony
  2. Hi John I no longer live in Yorkshire either. Will go into EMS when we visit the area, although quite when that will be with my wife's illness is anyone's guess. Every Blessing Tony
  3. Hi I've often used it before our main carol service - but not really thought if it's appropriate anywhen else. Every Blessing Tony
  4. Hi I've taken a fair number of Remembrance services in my days as a Baptist Minister. Timing is an issue - especially in one church where the service was held at the war memorial and a clock on the village school across the road chimed the hours - and wasn't always right! As to the 2 minutes silence, a watch with a second hand works well enough - or possible a stop watch discreetly placed on a lacturn. More recently, when our Remembrance services were in church, I used a countdown timer I downloaded from the web on a netbook computer. Personally, I don't think an odd few minutes error is that important, especially on Remembrance Sunday, but at Ashdon for a few years I lead a short service at the war memorial actually on the 11th, mainly for the benefit of the upper classes in the school (the vicar refused to do it!). For that I did make sure I was dead on time. I then had a complaint that I was a few seconds adrift on the Sunday - it happened to be my turn to lead the village service - I just pointed out that I'd made sure we were dead on time on the 11th, which really is the more significant time IMHO. Every Blessing Tony
  5. Hi I came across Mathias Rehfeldt's You Tube channel recently - I find it well worth a listen. Every Blessing Tony
  6. Hi I'd not worry about the key, just find a reasonably reedy sound (a 12th might do the job if you have one). Trumpet is perfectly acceptable - my youngest son will be playing Last Post etc. on his Trumpet tomorrow morning, and I've also seen a trumpet used by an army musician, so no problems there. Every Blessing Tony
  7. Hi A friend arranged a session for me on the Lancing College Chapel Walker back in the '60's when the Walker had been erected on a temporary gallery - in 1914! Not managed to get back since.
  8. Yes, EMS was on North Parade above Woods music shop. When they sold out to the Williams group, who shortly after went bankrupt, EMS has moved to Salts Mill in Saltaire and is still going strong. And to keep things on topic they often have a couple of Positive organs on display. Every Blessing Tony
  9. Hi Further to Inate's comment about the Clavichord, which I also have read was a common practice instrument in Bach's time, there have been Pedal Clavichords (and Pedal Harpsichords). I saw a pedal Clavichord for sale in the Early Music Shop in Bradford a good few years ago now. Sadly, it was beyond my means. Every Blessing Tony
  10. Hi Compton made a version of the Polypohone (bass cube) for 16ft as well - common on the Miniatura range of organs. Every Blessing Tony
  11. Hi I'd not want to lose a Stopped Diapason - but then, I play a lot of early English repertoire, and the combination of Open & Stopped Diapason is one of the core sounds, called for when the composer asks for "Diapasons". As to the Dulciana, it depends on how it fits with the other stops. It can be useful to accompany soft solo registrations on the Choir, or by itself - but if, as on one of my previous organs, it's nigh on inaudible, it really isn't worthwhile. At Heaton Baptist I had the interesting situation that the Stopped Diapason was the quietest stop on the small chamber organ, yet it seemed to "grow" if used in combination, even working under Principal & Fifteenth for a mf-f bright combination. There was a Dulciana, which we retained (it was a historic instrument after all) and it was useful either on its own for soft voluntaries, or to colour the St Diap. Every Blessing Tony
  12. Hi Facebook groups and fora are very different beasts. I use both (and incidentally I see this morning that Yahoo Groups are effectively being discontinued in a matter of days, and the archives & files deleted in December. So much for being able to go back & find information!). I agree though, that this and other fora (including David's own forum "Organ Matters" need to be used. It's a case of "Use it or lose it". Every Blessing Tony
  13. Hi I agree with you Colin - I've only heard a very small handful of early music pieces played on piano that I've found somewhat acceptable. I'd much rather hear original instruments. Every Blessing Tony
  14. Hi A lot of Radio 3 programmes have been either stopped or moved - irritating. Every Blessing Tony
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