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  1. The actual stoplist ‘looks’ like others from the same builder and would appear to be attempting to get ‘much’ from ‘little’. What worried me slightly was the need to have wide scale French mutations, Italian flutes and English Stopped Diapasons all coexisting to enable as wide a repertoire as possible to be played. I can’t help comparing it with the new Drake organ at Chelsea Old Church where the instrument has its own definite identity with the attendant ramifications for whoever is playing. To me at least dinky little flute choruses topped by a 1-1/3 are decidedly last century. However, one can not judge by stoplists alone.....
  2. Synoptic stoplist from Organ Club Journal 2018/3. Great - 16, 8, 8, 4, 2, IV. Octave, Sub, U.Off Swell - 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2-2/3, 2 1-3/5, III, Trompette Harmonique 8. Octave, Sub, U.Off Positiv - 8, 8, 4, 2, 1-1/3, Cromorne 8. Octave, Sub, U.Off Pedal - 32 Resultant, 16, 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, Fagotto 16, 8, 4. A
  3. AJJ

    Buckfast Abbey

    Was this stop originally planned for by Ruffatti or has it been decided upon since installation? A
  4. The organs I play on Sundays in our group parish are all of the small Victorian ‘village’ type (and none the worse for that) and the space we have at home would not have fitted a pipe organ of any complexity. Furthermore I would not have been happy with just a couple of 8’ and 4’ flues however lovely the mechanical action might have been. Keeping in mind also the rest of my family (and neighbours) i opted for a digital. It is however compact in nature, as comprehensive as I need tonally but with no gimics. and above all it does very little else than a pipe organ of comparable size can do. It has some really good sounds and interestingly I do not tire of playing it for extended lengths of time. It means that I can practice in the warm without problems that seem to be encountered re security and insurance from getting church keys these days and if necessary shut the volume right down or use headphones. Above all I am able to keep my technique up to a standard I am happy with. A
  5. I could live with this. http://bigeloworgans.com/opus/42-stop-list A
  6. Nice! I would however like a 2’ on the Swell and as someone mentioned above, a Gamba 8’ or suchlike on the Great might be nice too. A not too narrow Sesquialtera II and 2’ Fifteenth on the Choir would also broaden resources as would a 4’ Fifteenth on the Pedal. Maybe a Cornet V from TG on the Solo to go with the big reed? Is this yours PCND? I seem to have lost the thread...or plot...or something! A
  7. Their stance is indicative of quite a few on quite a few topics these days. Almost passive agressive! A
  8. Has anyone here picked up anything on the new Grenzing organ going into the cathedral in Prague? Would be interested to see a spec. but there seems to be nothing on line. A
  9. There is a bit about Burton in the most recent booklet about music and organs at St Albans. A
  10. Interestingly, having played ‘village’ type instruments such as this regularly for the last 20 years or so the last thing I would probably do to a 19th Century 1 manual would be to over tinker tonally. To add full compass mutations would probably be of less use than more full compass variety of tone. I do have problems, however with odd compass or strangely aligned pedalboards. In fact one such that I visit is to all intents and purposes useless unless I want to play sustained drones etc. being so short compass and out of alignment. I mostly play manuals only there. A
  11. My little gem is this one - apart from tuning the Dulciana to beat with the Gamba as a Celeste it is surprisingly versatile as it is. The two 4’s do help though. https://www.npor.org.uk/NPORView.html?RI=N12535 A
  12. A great loss! We corresponded on occasions and he was always a great source or advice, anecdote and information. A
  13. The Southampton Compton was used for the continuo in a Messiah when I was there in the late ‘70s. It worked very well! A
  14. The late Colin Norvall from Frome in Somerset did a considerable amount of work on Halmshaw some years ago. I am not sure how comprehensive this is but his widow Valerie might be able to assist you. PM me if I can help by putting you in touch. A
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