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  1. Looks like a gritted teeth statement to me.
  2. It has changed the acoustics immensely. It is now too resonant, in my opinion.
  3. Yes, I've read all that. But apart from that he has no Internet presence whatsoever, and I've never met anyone who has heard of him. Strange.
  4. I think that's a very good question. The whole thing seems to be out of a different universe. The Krawinkel website talks as if it was the most normal thing in the world. Its not the only English Organ they seem to have doubled in size either. Is it all a massive joke? There seems to be no other mention anywhere. Mr Gartmore seems curiously obscure as well.
  5. Apparently not. Klaas Bolt's booklet (1985) says that bottom C of the the 32 is 371mm. The 16ft HW Prestant is 222mm at C.
  6. Three by J. A. P Fontanes, three by Antonio Xavier Machado e Cerveira, 1807. Restored by Dinarte Machado 1999-2010. There's a book/recording of 2010 The Six Organs in the Basilica of Mafra (2010). It includes pieces for the six organs by António Leal Moreira (1758-1819), João José Baldi (1770-1816) and the contemporary organist João Vaz (who's a very fine player, by the way).
  7. Bios publications as such are limited to the Journal, the Freeman book and the Leffler facsimile, and these (and the publications by David Shuker) are easily available via the website. I think you may be pardonably confusing it with Positif Press, which does publish the journal. I would agree that it is quite difficult sometimes to obtain their own publications. The BIOS membership list is distributed to members, so I made the assumption that since you were not in it in October 2019, it was unlikely that a sudden rush of enthusiasm had taken place. Incidentally, a quick estimate suggests that about 5% of members are outside the UK, which seems rather what one might expect.
  8. What do you mean, getting hold of BIOS publications is difficult? It's perfectly simple. And anyone can join BIOS: it's not a 'closed society.' That you choose not to do so is your own business.
  9. The old organs in Italy which weren't left dormant for ages were ruined, as in every other country. That's the point!
  10. He moved quite a while ago. I don't think it was his idea. Jeremiah Stephenson has been acting organist for some months.
  11. "minor, reversible changes". Anyone who believes this is living in cloud-cuckoo land.
  12. Although the HTB organ has been restored recently, it is only used for weddings when requested, not on Sundays. Most HTB plants don't use the organ, if any.
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