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  1. Clairons/Clarions breaking back

    So what's the smallest reed pipe that can easily be made (ie how many notes above top C of an 8 foot stop that would be 3 inches long for an open flue)? And a related question - what's the smallest open pipe that can be made? Top C of a five octave keyboard at 2 foot pitch would be 3/4 inch speaking length, and mixtures and mutations higher than 2 foot pitch would normally break at this point. Are any flues made even shorter? Could you have a double length harmonic 1 foot top C that would be 3/4 inch speaking length with a hole halfway up?
  2. Servite Priory Fulham

    Thank you for the explanations about the isolated 16 foot Positive regal, though it seems its purpose is still somewhat a matter of conjecture! If the intention was to create a baroque pseudo-"full swell" effect though, surely the logical place to have put it would have been on the Swell not the Positive?
  3. Servite Priory Fulham

    Could anyone enlighten me as to the purpose of the 16 foot Holzregal on the Positive? I mean, I get having an 8 foot Krumhorn as the only reed on the Positive, though in this case the Krumhorn is on the Hauptwerk instead of a Trompete. But a 16 foot fractional length as the sole reed on a manual? When would you ever use it?
  4. Microphone for laptop/audacity?

    To add a further consideration, don't expect to spend a fortune on a microphone and get outstanding quality without consideration for how you mount it. I bought a fairly expensive mic for my camcorder's camera shoe and was most disappointed with the amount of noise it picked up from people walking around the room and such extraneous vibrations. The solution was surprisingly simple and cheap - a little plastic tube (from Ebay) that clips to the camera shoe and has four elastic bands stretched over it to create a square in the centre of the tube that the mic slips into. Result - no transmitted vibrations and outstanding sound recording.
  5. Internet Radio

    There are over forty different classical music genres at http://www.classicalradio.com and the audio quality seems to be very good. One such channel is devoted to organ music http://www.classicalradio.com/organworks Perhaps the best known 24/7 station is Organlive, which itself has four different genres: https://www.organlive.com/ http://www.organexperience.com/ http://www.positivelybaroque.com/ plus at Christmas time, there is a dedicated 24/7 Advent and Christmas organ music channel. A wide range of recordings are played; some are of relatively poor audio quality (tape? vinyl) but of merit nonetheless.
  6. Luxuriant Adagio

    Bottazo's Melodia, opus 120 number 4 is very pretty if you are looking for a quiet solo piece.
  7. Aubertin comes to Sussex

    More about the extraordinary talents of the proud owner of this wonderful instrument here, who just happens to be a Vice President of the Royal College of Organists in addition to running one of the world's busiest airports: http://gulfnews.com/culture/people/i-have-done-planes-trains-and-airports-1.1041977 Total respect!
  8. replacing a single rank

    Plug and play might be asking for problems, but plug, revoice and play? If you could find a rank from another instrument with approximately the right scaling, though quite possibly not the same wind pressure, how much work would have to be done to the pipes to get them to blend appropriately (if indeed it would be possible - though I assume it must be since plenty of old pipework seems to get recycled)?
  9. Where is better for a manual 16' flue?

    AN organ at a previous church I played at had a modest three manual Bishop from the 1870s. No manual doubles, but it did have a surprisingly effective alternative: a Choir to Great Suboctave coupler in addition to the more usual Choir to Great. It permitted a 16 foot foundation to tenor C on full Great whilst allowing you to play on the choir at normal pitch should you need to for softer verses.
  10. New organ in Hamburg

    That's certainly an interesting case - hard to make out the pipes but they are there, covered in some sort of laminate material with the intention being that the audience should be able to touch and feel them - at least the facade diapasons. Tuning the fernwerk isn't a job for the feinthearted, it seems to be located inside the giant baffle suspended from the ceiling!
  11. Nave Booster Organs

    Liverpool (Anglican) cathedral is another example, having a Central division mounted in a gallery below the windows of the easternmost nave bay. It is a modest 16-8-4-2-II/VI specification and I do wonder how effective it is given that the monumental main organ cases are just the other side of the central crossing, though mounted much higher up. Out of interest, what effect does having a nave division have on congregational time-keeping? Should a congregation that is is filling a cathedral all be singing simultaneously (in which case those at the back may well be confused by hearing the nave division a fraction of a second before the main organ, assuming the latter is in the transepts or choir? Or should the action of the nave division ideally be slightly delayed so that those at the back of the cathedral sing slightly behind those at the front? All down to the infuriatingly slow speed of sound!
  12. The Royal Festival Hall Organ - what if ?

    The organ of Manchester Cathedral was built by Harrison's at about the same time and fulfills some of your criteria, e.g. reverberant cathedral. Yet it was world's apart, seemingly unloved and had recently been removed to allow a more classically inspired Tickell to take its place. Based on experience of his other works I am in no doubt the new organ will be a phenomenal success. But I wonder what was so "wrong" with the Manchester Harrison that it hasn't survived the passage of time, and wonderr, had Downes designed it, if it would have still been present.
  13. I spy with my little eye....

    In fairness, our church' s young folks had no difficulty reading the music to the Christmas carols, the problem was that I assumed they could just turn up and be familiar with them and hadn't appreciated that as some of them hadn't heard how the carols went before, they weren't confident enough to pick them up straight away. As an aside, I had to take a load of rubbish to the municipal tip yesterday (Lilford Lane in Cotteridge). Quite apart from a rather impressive festive display of anything remotely Christmassy, including lights, Santas (OK, not in the Bible), snowmen (was the midwinter in Bethlehem that bleak?) and the staff wearing red robes and long beards, someone had rigged up some speakers and non-stop traditional arrnagements of Christmas carols were blaring over the waste tip. It was a most impressive sight for sore eyes and ears!
  14. I spy with my little eye....

    ...any shop playing a traditional Christmas carol. For my sins I've spent several hours over recent days in central Birmingham doing my Christmas shopping and we thought it would be fun to play "I spy (/hear)" and win a point for every Christmas carol we heard being played, whether live or recorded as we mooched around the stores. I didn't consider songs about giving my heart last Christmas or Santa Claus coming to town to be Christmas carols though I only heard each of these once, and am astonished to report that our running carol total to date is therefore - zero. It struck me a few years ago how musically illiterate our children are growing up to be, when I set up a miniature orchestra for our church's talented young string, brass and woodwind players to accompany the Nine Lessons and Carols service. They complained could I give them something easier to play as they didn't know "songs" like O little town of Bethlehem. On reflection, I shouldn't be surprised - if our carol heritage is no longer heard anywhere at Christmas, except perhaps in church on Christmas morning, why should we expect future generations to recognise them? And is it only Birmingham where Christmas is a totally carol free zone, or is this complete absence of festive music noted elsewhere too?
  15. Cameras

    I read somewhere that there is a room full of old cathode-ray TVs in the innards of Sydney Opera House serving as spares for if/when the main screen break down for precisely this reason - whereas with analogue TV systems the picture is instantly displayed on the screen, there is often a processing delay with digital CCTV systems. It can't be beyond the wit of man to overcome - I'd have thought movie or broadcasting studios for instant would want as instant feedback as possible, but there again, I suspect that broadcast-quality cameras and screens bight be beyond the resources of the average cathedral music department. I hope I'm proved wrong! However, what you describe surely doesn't necessitate a completely new system - can't you knock something up that allows remote control of the existing camera, rather than ditch it and buy a slower digital model that has built in movement?