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  1. My experience tells me this is indeed the case, the time delay increases with the distance the department is situated from the console. This also affects the relative volume of these departments, one has only to draw the pedal bourdon to find it swamping anything but the loudest stops, although closing the door alongside the console helps restore an apparent balance for the player! However, down below in the nave everything is sorted out by the glorious acoustics. A case for a detached console?!
  2. To return to the thread! Bristol is indeed blessed with an abundance of 4 deckers, as well as the 4 already mentioned there is another in Redland Park URC, close to both Clifton College and Clifton Cathedral. Originally by Father Willis it is a magnificent instrument, unfortunately placed in a building with almost no acoustic merit. As to which instrument is the best my vote goes for the H & H in St Mary Redcliffe. I have played them all and each does the job it was intended to do well. The Anglican Cathedral organ however is definitely one to be listened to rather than played, it takes a lot of getting used to, particularly regarding time lag between departments. However, in the hands of someone used to this and other difficulties the sound is thrilling from the nave.
  3. Re. my earlier posting; I did of course mean All Souls Church ,Langham Place & not All Saints Portland Place! Another senior moment!
  4. I have been following the postings with interest,- I was a pupil of Cecil Williams in the early 1960's and also assistant organist for a while. He was responsible for me taking up music professionally so I have fond memories of my time there. I would love the opportunity to renew my acquaintance with the instrument. It would no doubt bring back memories, some of which I probably would prefer to forget,- blind 'full organ' pistons to name but one! I seem to remember Cecil Williams saying that he was heavily influenced in his tonal design of the instrument by the organ in All Saint's, Portland Place. As a music student in London I certainly remember a very close resemblance in the specification, including the inclusion of the dulzian & waldhorn reeds on the swell! The gt, Gedeckt & sw. Mixture were already in place by 1959 but I remember CDW commenting on the change. The choir was designed to include a 'solo' section, I believe funds would not run to a 4th manual. As a sideline,- I believe Henry Willis 1V also installed the sound amplification at the same time as the organ! My address is Diapason@blueyonder if I can be of any further help.
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