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  1. It was announced in a recent IBO communication that Daniels had been taken over by Cawston Organs - does anyone know any more about this? AJJ
  2. There are still a number of e Osmond men around the south western counties doing excellent tuning etc. on instruments in many of the villages - mine included. The large 3 manual Osmond rebuild of a Compton (late 70s/80s?) at St Peter's Parkstone in Poole has been mentioned here before - it is certainly very exciting - complete with Tuba and 32' reed. The last time I heard it (a few years ago on an Organ Club trip) the player concerned did a very respectable improvisation on plainsong themes in a very 20th Century French style - he has also been known to contribute to these discussions on occasions I think....!! Despite the somewhat unorthodox use of extension (check the NPOR) it can sound very effective. I believe Michael Farley has worked on it since then - the acoustic helps too - I think Roger Fisher was consultant to the Osmond work - the console is very sumptuous as I remember with no tabs in sight. AJJ
  3. Thanks for these - they both look rather exciting! AJJ
  4. These sound great - thanks! AJJ
  5. Westbury I presume - who's playing & when please? AJJ
  6. I am soon to be in France for two weeks holiday 'en famille' - firstly about an hour south of Bordeaux then in the Blois area of the Loire region. Can anyone suggest one or two good organs to visit? (We have daughters aged 5 and 6 so anything lengthy could be a problem - likewise my wife is usually happy to participate in such ventures but not over much so!) Cheers AJJ Ps We are going by car so are driving down from the northern ferries etc.
  7. I agree totally but in the Lincoln context as a special effect it worked. Maybe it is the acoustic - I am not sure - but the Tubas there are certainly not the obliterating type - the Chancel Tubas at St Paul's Cathedral could be used similarly. AJJ
  8. I was told frequently by my teacher at Lincoln (an ex Assistant Organist) that the 8' & 4' Tubas were intended to act almost as super Great reeds - ie in a chorus context. At some point a Great to Solo coupler was added to facilitate this. I am not sure if this is the case at Salisbury etc. though. (I did once add the Tubas to the final part of a piece being played by a friend for whom I was page turning at Salisbury - it sounded good to me but his reaction was almost such that medical help may have been needed!) AJJ
  9. And St Dominic's Priory in Hampstead/Belsize Park also. AJJ
  10. This is interesting - having 'sung against' Lincoln regularly for a number of years and also recieved organ lessons on it during this time I feel that part of its appeal is due to the space it has to speak into. (To hear Jennifer Bate play Messiaen there and in the same concert accompany the Durufle Requiem was a revelation!) Despite this, however I never had any feeling of 'lag' when playing. Salisbury I played once briefly but have largely experienced in a 'non participatory mode' - one feels much closer in to things there - the Choir Lieblichs etc. and in consequence the effect is very different - perhaps more intimate. The 32's 'round the corner' effect also adds to this in that the reed has perhaps a more 'safely out of the way' feel than that at Lincoln. AJJ
  11. The 1906 Willis II at All Saints Lincoln - since it has had its Great 15th reinstated is well worth a visit - See NPOR for spec. (Cousans revoiced it as a Harmonic Flute 4 ! - Julian Paul, who has done so much to keep the Cathedral organ in good shape put the 2' back in the '80s) AJJ
  12. Interesting - I never noticed this - 'have not been there for a while though but did some research on Roger Yates for an article in Organists' Review back in the '80s so spent some time there with the then Rector - Ronald Watts who had been instrumental in getting the Yates work done at Kilkhampton PC. He was also an organist himself so maybe console details etc. were worked out between him and Yates. AJJ
  13. An aside.... but the Kilkhampton Willis (see above) combination pedals are very cunningly devised to allow registration easily by adding and subtracting by hand after the combinations have been set by foot. There are four pedals, each pedal draws Swell to Great, Choir to Great and Great to Pedal, plus a selection of speaking stops. Playing on the Great one gets: 1. Salcional 8, Principal 4. 2. Salcional 8. 3. Salcional 8, Hautboy 8, Flûte Harmonique 4, Principal 4. 4. All manual stops with 8ve coupler. Rather amazing if you think about the various possible permutations for recital or service work and in this context it is better to have combination pedals to the whole organ than just divisionals. (In fact I think I prefer this in the small parish tracker context generally.) AJJ
  14. I agree about Kilkhampton - here's the spec. for info as it's quite unsusal - 'supposedly it was originally a house organ: CHOIR: Lieblich Gedact 8, Principal 4 GREAT: Open Diapason 8, Flûte Harmonique 4 SWELL: Salcional 8, Hautboy 8 PEDALE: Bourdon 16 Tremulant (inoperative) Couplers: 3 to Pedal; Swell to Great, Choir to Great, Octave coupler to Great Trigger pedal to Swell Horse-shoe pedal for Great to Pedal reversible Four composition pedals to all the manual stops Compass: 56/30 The 1876 at Davidstow in Cornwall sounds similar to the Yorkshire example above. AJJ
  15. The above looks rather like St Aldhelm, Branksone in Poole (A really quite effective 1990s rebuild by Lance Foy of a 1920s Gray and Davison that had some 'typical of its time' work done to it by Osmond - it also has a Choir to Pub coupler!! - nice church too.) AJJ
  16. Downside in the right hands can sound pretty good in it's acoustic too - I once heard Geoffrey Morgan playing there - it was magical. AJJ
  17. And I think on the HN&B Positive at Bath Abbey which seemingly had little done to it when Klais rebuilt. AJJ
  18. Schoenstein would probably have put the Tromba rank and Ophicleide in another swell box inside one of the other two together with a couple of quiet strings/celestes.'Not sure whether we are ready for that sort of indulgence here in the UK yet!! AJJ
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    Discarded Organ

    How did the Bryceson cope with Stand by your Man.... then which I am supposing was the requested exit music? AJJ
  20. Here's mine - any comments? GREAT Enclosed Contra Gamba 16 Ex 8 Diapason 8 Harmonic Flute 8 Lieblich Gedeckt 8 Gamba 8 Principal 4 Flute 4 Fifteenth 2 Mixture 1-1/3 IV Bass Clarinet 16 Ex 8 Clarinet 8 Tromba 8 Suboctave Tremulant SWELL Bourdon 16 Diapason 8 Stopped Diapason 8 Salicional 8 Celeste 8 Gemshorn 4 Flute 4 Flageolet 2 Echo Cornet 2-2/3 III Mixture 2 III-IV Posaune 16 Trumpet 8 Hautboy 8 Vox Humana 8 Clarion 4 Octave Suboctave Unison Off Tremulant Clarinet 8 Gt Tromba 8 Gt Octave Tromba 4 Ex 8 PEDAL Enclosed in both boxes Open Wood 16 Contra Gamba 16 Gt Sub Bass 16 Quint 10-2/3 Octave 8 Flute 8 Super Octave 4 Contra Posaune 32 Ex Sw Ophicleide 16 Posaune 16 Sw Trumpet 8 Ex 16 It's a 'big' organ for its number of stops but flexible. I quite like the idea of an enclosed Great - especially when near a choir or in a fairly dead acoustic - they seem to do this in the USA quite often but not over here. Electric or electro- pneumatic action of course! AJJ
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    While it is interesting sometimes to try and make a guess at who is commenting from their alias or the religious, philosophical, 'organalogical' or any other angle that they happen to be firing from at the time, on the whole I tend to agree with the above. But...I suppose... each to his/her own. (Are there any female contributors I wonder? - in this day and age it would be good if there were!) AJJ
  22. Could we also perhaps be able to judge for ourselves - where is this please? AJJ
  23. There is a recording of the Andriessen Toccata and his Aria (and other interesting pieces by Franck, Guilmant, Alain, Dupre, Saint Saens and Prokofiev/Guillou) 0n Festivo 6921652 - Klass Jan Mulder playing the CC at St. Sernin Toulouse - some amazing sounds! AJJ
  24. AJJ

    August Gern

    This all sounds a bit dire - I put 'Devon' in as an experiment just now and it all came up (on the new system) - perhaps it depends on what county one wants!! Seriously though - let's hope the powers that be at BIOS get the change over to Birmingham as smooth as possible. AJJ
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