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  1. replacing a single rank

    "Plug and play might be asking for problems, but plug, revoice and play?" Thanks Contrabombarde and spondel, I was considering the 'revoice' but wasn't clear about that in my initial question. My biggest concern was the rack board and the hole in the chest. I can afford the cost of a vintage rank of pipes and the cost to revoice. My builder was pushing a new rank, moving things around on the chest, new racks etc. etc. The cost was simply way out of the question and thus not worth the bother. Colin: I asked about a re-regulating but was given the cold shoulder, lack of interest. My organ builder is great but needs a little encouragement sometimes to work on the old stuff - he clearly has a passion for new pipes- easier and helps his bottom line as a business man. I will try a re-regulating/revoice one more time and combine it with work we are planning on a rank of reed pipes. I'll get quote for taking both to the shop. Thanks for the information. I have a little more ammunition going forward.
  2. replacing a single rank

    Question about replacing a rank with another rank: I would like to know if it is possible to simply plug and play a rank of flute pipes with another. I have a nondescript, really quiet, boring 8’ rank on the choir organ – Spitz flote 8’- 1950’s vintage ( it is NOT 'spitzy' at all). What is the chance I might find a used flue rank with the same scale/size and thus avoid re-sizing the racking boards etc. I was told I couldn’t do it. As I see it the current rank is taking up very expensive real-estate and is of no use what so ever. A new rank and all the work involved is out of the question. WM
  3. Off and On Unison Off

    Thanks for all the replies so far. I agree with Vox "I don't see a lot of point in Unison Off stops since, as pointed out, most of the time you can achieve the same effect simply by playing up or down an octave." In my modest sized instrument I think I can make a case to have a stop added and deal with playing up or down the octave. Now exactly what to add becomes the question. Perhaps I will post the specs under nuts and bolts and everyone can have a go at it. WM
  4. Percy Whitlock Five Short Pieces

    I am just beginning my exploration of Whitlock and fortunately I was gifted a copy of "The Complete Shorter Organ Music" OUP and "Plymouth Suite" OUP. I agree with Peter about the page turn for a two page piece. Other than that the OUP editions are great - clear print in elegantly bound books. WM
  5. Off and On Unison Off

    lol Douglas Come to think of it I used Unison Off once to silence a solo division that was part of the choir manual. I could simply push in/pull out one stop instead of pulling a fist full. This is was big organ and I'm not sure why I didn't just set a piston.
  6. Off and On Unison Off

    ooops: electro-pneumatic WM
  7. Off and On Unison Off

    Trained on trackers some years ago at university I am still stumped by the “Unison Off” I find on the choir and swell stop jam where I play. (A modest sized electro-penumatic.) How do I use it? What is the musical purpose? I’m tempted to have my technician add an off-set chest and give me another stop. What do you think? WM
  8. Playing every week!

    Thanks everyone for the great suggestions. VA thanks for the list - I am trying to track down Nibelle: 50 Pieces. DD I will have a look a the Hindemith. Does anyone know about the OUP Easy Modern Organ Music albums? Are they now combined into one book?
  9. did you just end up a the pub?

    Thanks everyone for your interest and help with these topics. As DD said these posts about repertoire are very helpful. I have got a lot of new and wonderful things on my 'to learn' list. Glad to see Fleury get mentioned. I discovered his music a few years ago. WM
  10. did you just end up a the pub?

    Three unrelated questions: I have not learned a real French Toccata yet and knowing that I dislike the Widor what one should I tackle? I probably only get to learn one… I just don’t have the technique. I need ten pieces for the five Sundays of Lent. If I could find everything by one composer that would be ideal. One year I managed to play only Willan. It is a Lenten discipline – this appeals to me. Taking advantage of a suggestion to my weekly rep. on this forum I’m looking at Gawthrop. Have a listen to Randall Mullin’s youtube recordings of Gawthrop’s Four Noble Gases - charming and well played. What would you play? Instead of having an organ ‘teacher’ for lessons have you ever played for a mentor, a friend? Played rep. for each other and offered critique? How did it go? Did you just end up at the pub? lol W.
  11. Playing every week!

    Thanks again for more suggestions. I didn't know Rachel Laurin was publishing with Wayne Leupold. I will have to look into her approachable rep. She is a very fine organist! I had lots of training in French Baroque and love the stuff... need to get some out again. Daniel Gawthrop and Egil Hovland - I would like to take a closer look at some of their organ works. W
  12. Playing every week!

    Thanks Philip. Exactly what I was looking for. I appreciate your suggestions. I have the Andriessen, Whitlock and some retched old editions of the Mendelssohn. I used to collect all the music I could at used book sales so I have some goodies like the Andriessen but lots of poor music that I find myself playing because I can sight-read it as prelude and postlude. I really want to get playing some better rep. if I can – life is to short lol. W.
  13. Playing every week!

    Playing every week! I know similar questions have been posted. Direct me to other posts if needed. What do members recommend as good serviceable repertoire (old and new) for those of us in smaller parish churches with very little time. My other job seems to demand a lot more of my time as it pays for my addiction to organ playing. ( I have a degree in music, studied organ and for example, can play, BWV 549, not sure of AB grade) The standard books like “easy preludes and postludes” at my local music retailer just don’t seem to hold my interest. J I refer to a quote from a Guest-Cynic in 2007: “I have an amateur organist friend who keeps making the mistake of really liking a piece, buying it and then getting bogged down because the choice is so firmly at the wrong level for him. A church organist does not have to play difficult pieces to do a good job, you do not even need difficult pieces to make a pleasing recital programme.” Running out of time, W
  14. Octave / Sub Octave Couplers

    How does it sound? There is your answer. I have used them and only do if the sound is musical. WM
  15. Real bell or digital carillon?

    Real bell or digital carillon? My parish is dealing with an old electronic carillon that has passed its prime. It played 'sacred melodies' at different times of the day for approx. 4 min each time since some date before 1979! The system – basically cd recordings (originally tapes) of bells played over roof speakers is considered to old to repair. Estimates for a digital unit to replace the system comes in at five figures. Lots of perks like peals, and funeral tolls as well as memory for some 500 melodies, midi keyboard etc. etc. I have just discovered a source for used church bells (all sizes, all materials) and I think I need to give my parish the option of a real bell. We are not a big church and a real carillon or peal of real bells is totally out of reach. It would simply be silly to consider. We have no tower but have a spot for what some call a ‘mission bell’. My idea right now is that a brass church bell with a pleasant tone would have a lot of integrity and last for generations. It could be tolled very slow for funerals and rung with vigour at the end of a wedding. Tips, suggestions, your best advice? Is a real bell worth it? Quick figures show a real bell would cost less but there will be no melodies or peals! WM
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